I didn't have a lot of expectations when I started reading this book. I had heard neither good nor bad things about it and I bought it a few months ago more on a whim than anything else. I found it interesting that this book is on-set dystopian. You get to see how a dystopian society comes to be, not how it is once everything went down.
The book starts with Daphne's first day of school - right after she throws up in chemistry class. As if that isn't bad enough, they soon hear gunshots. A shooting. After that, things pretty much gradually go downhill for almost everyone in the little town Quiet.
I really tore through this one, I have to say. The writing is really nice and easy to get into. The book is downright laughing out loud funny at times, but then really sad at others. It was a nice and well executed mix. I liked all the characters, weirdly enough even characters I usually would have thought extremely annoying; like Dizzy for example.
In The Predicteds, Daphne joins the popular kids even though she doesn't really belong. I think it's refreshing to read something that is not from the perspective of the total outcast. I think there are enough good books with that kind of point of view. As long as the heroine is likable and relatable, I don't think it matters much to which social circle she belongs.
Now, about PROFILE. I didn't quite understand it at first. The blurb on the back of my book (it starts with: "Who will it be? Will the head cheerleader get pregnant? Is the student council president a secret drug addict?") is a little misleading, because PROFILE doesn't actually tell you all that. It just tells you whether someone has the potential to be(come) either extremely violent, or have anti-social tendencies. It doesn't say, Girl A will become a teenage mother and Guy A will be addicted to alcohol all his life. While that may make this book a little less dramatic it also renders the story much more believable. I can believe (and I think I actually read an article about it) that the brain of very violent people looks different from normal brains. So why shouldn't those tendencies be revealed by neurological and psychological tests?
So, 5 stars for this book! I loved it, and I really hope for a sequel. I haven't heard anything about a possible series for the Predicteds but the story has room for one more I think!