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As he did in Robopocalypse, Daniel Wilson masterfully envisions a frightening near-future world. In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful ...

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Overview

Technology makes them superhuman. But mere mortals want them kept in their place. The New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse creates a stunning, near-future world where technology and humanity clash in surprising ways. The result? The perfect summer blockbuster.

As he did in Robopocalypse, Daniel Wilson masterfully envisions a frightening near-future world. In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities—and rights—of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world—or destroy it.

Once again, Daniel H. Wilson's background as a scientist serves him well in this technologically savvy thriller that delivers first-rate entertainment, as Wilson takes the "what if" question in entirely unexpected directions. Fans of Robopocalypse are sure to be delighted, and legions of new fans will want to get "amped" this summer.

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Before the Supreme Court decision, Owen Gray was a mild-mannered, 29-year-old high school teacher, his body protected by a microchip to regulate his epilepsy. After the ruling, he became an outlaw, an "Amp" whose supposed enhanced abilities make them targets of "pure pride" activists. Suddenly thrust into a situation that he can't completely understand, much less control, he is forced to make decisions that he knows might be irrevocable. A real-feel near-future novel by the author of Robopocalypse. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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Owen Gray is an ordinary 29-year-old high school teacher implanted with a medical chip that controls his epilepsy. When the Supreme Court rules that “Amps,” people whose chips give them enhanced abilities, are not a protected class shielded from discrimination, Owen’s father, who’s also his neurosurgeon, reveals that Owen’s chip is “something extra,” and Owen is now in danger from “pure pride” activists. He takes off for an Oklahoma trailer park called Eden where chip designer Jim Howard lives alongside other implantees whose only protection now is each other. Most just want to live normal lives, but ex-soldier Lyle Crosby intends to exploit their enhancements to start a war, and Owen is thrust into the fight. Wilson keeps the action and fear-based prejudice ever-present without sacrificing depth. The story’s heart is the moral quandary Owen faces once he knows his implant only responds to his deepest thoughts, keeping the reader wondering how far he will go and how much he is willing to sacrifice. Agent: Laurie Fox, Linda Chester Literary Agency. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
In the near future, a schoolteacher with a cranially implanted "amp" must master an array of hidden talents when a wave of bigotry against those like him threatens to tear the country apart. A few decades ago, the government began installing "amps"--small devices, generally designed to aid in concentration and mental focus--into the brains of underprivileged and otherwise challenged children. Now, a political movement led by a rabble-rousing Senator seeks to strip "amps" (as implanted individuals are derogatorily called) of their basic rights as citizens based on the argument that they are no longer truly human. Teacher and amp Owen Gray, troubled after witnessing the suicide of an amp student, learns from his scientist father that the implant he received as a teen is something rather more than the anti-epilepsy device he'd always thought it was. Gray leaves moments before an explosion kills his father and destroys his lab. Following his father's last advice and fearing for his life, Gray heads for an amp haven--a trailer park in Oklahoma called Eden. There he meets Lyle Crosby, an amp whose military-grade Zenith class amp makes him a super soldier. As Lyle helps Owen unlock the hidden powers bestowed on him by his supercharged amp, Owen must decide how far he's willing to follow the charismatic but unpredictable and often violent Lyle, as tensions between amps and non-amps come to a head nationwide. Wilson delivers a thoughtful, well-written novel, which, like his previous novel Robopocalypse (2011), deals with the often tense interplay between machines and humans. Unfortunately, while he nails the machine part, the human part falls a little short. The characters lack depth, and a crucial romantic relationship feels forced and unearned. The plot is thin, too, hewing too closely to archetype. Wilson, whose prose is always a step above the norm, is at his strongest creating amp-augmented action sequences and in conjuring situations which explore the boundaries between humankind and its technological creations. Provocative, with strong action sequences, but weak in character development and plotting.
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PRAISE FOR DANIEL H. WILSON’S AMPED:

“A fast-paced narrative, not too far away at all from everyday experience, that treats an unsettling question: How long will tolerance last once you can buy a better brain? Mr. Wilson recognizes that, in the modern world, the battlegrounds would be legal and political, not just physical.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Wilson’s latest novel is AMPED, a post-apocalyptic high-tech apocalypse set in the same mold as his spectacular debut, Robopocalypse.  Wilson is a roboticist by trade and he combines his background in space and engineering with a knack for fast-paced narrative.  Wilson has done a very good job with AMPED.  [He] taps into something primal with AMPED, some of the deep questions about medical ethics, the social effects of technology, and the way that class and politics make technological questions much harder to resolve.”
Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

“With AMPED, Wilson has taken another step to claiming the late Michael Crichton’s crown as the public’s sci-fi thriller writer of choice.  Wilson hits all the notes in the right order and the book’s pace is relentless.  And perhaps best of all, he leavens his cautionary message with good-sized dollops of fistfights and gunfire.  AMPED might have a commendable message about tolerance and civil rights, but Wilson doesn’t let the message get in the way of our fun.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Fast-paced…fascinating…for hardcore sci-fi readers, AMPED offers plenty of juicy details to savor.  As he showed in his bestselling thriller Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson can write.  The Carnegie Mellon-trained roboticist has a voice and style very much like Stephen King.  But unlike King, Wilson also has the chops to base the weird beings in his stories on hard science. “
Wired’s Geek Dad

“Entertaining…propulsive… AMPED [is] a gripping story of a community of Amps trying to make it in the middle of a prejudiced Oklahoma, where regular humans strike back at anyone with a telltale port on their temple.  A piece of trenchant political science fiction about how we mistreat those who are different. “
The Onion A.V. Club

“Thrilling…First he gave us helpful advice for the robot uprising, then he wrote the robot war novel Robopocalypse.  Now Daniel H. Wilson is turning his attention to the plight of cyborgs and posthumans with his dystopian new novel AMPED.”
I09.com

“Wilson’s newest novel, AMPED, shares with its predecessor [Robopocalypse] a solid basis in current scientific technology – in this case, neural implants that treat a variety of conditions.  AMPED imagines a not-too-distant world, when these ‘superabled’ people – made stronger, smarter, faster by the devices in their heads – are perceived as a threat to unaltered or ‘pure’ humans. “
Tulsa World

“A fast-paced, futuristic thriller that’ll make you think, especially about the dangers of us-versus-them demagoguery.”
Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star
 
"This is a terrific book on any number of levels, doing what sf has always been able to do best: showing us a possible future so that we can not only attempt to avoid it, but we can also look at its echoes as they already exist in our own time."
Fantasy & Science Fiction

“Wilson keeps the action and fear-based prejudice ever-present without sacrificing depth.  The story’s heart is the moral quandary Owen faces once he knows his implant only responds to his deepest thoughts, keeping the reader wondering how far he will go and how much he is willing to sacrifice.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Provocative…A thoughtful, well-written novel which deals with the often tense interplay between machines and humans.  Wilson, whose prose is always a step above the norm, is at his strongest creating amp augmented action sequences and in conjuring situations which explore the boundaries between humankind and its technological creations.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“Absorbing…Wilson is no stranger to exploring the intersection of technology and humankind.  In AMPED, certain individuals have technology embedded under their skin.  These humans are smarter and faster than norms – and because most of the federally funded upgrades went to the needy, the formerly dumb and afflicted ‘amps’ are scaring the ‘pure’ humans.  The not-so-distant future is a hotbed of class war and civil unrest.”
Portland Mercury

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385535151
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL H. WILSON is the author of the New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse and the nonfiction titles How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack?, How to Build a Robot Army, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, and Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown.
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The First Step

I’m standing on the steep slate roof of Allderdice High School, gripping a rain-­spattered wrought iron decoration in one hand and holding up my other hand, palm out.

“Don’t,” I’m saying to the girl in front of me. “Please don’t.”

My hand wavers, tracing incantations of fear and panic in the air. Just beyond my outstretched fingers is something that has been spiraling out of control for years. Only I shouldn’t call her something. Should never call her a thing.

Somebody is what I mean.

It’s the technology, see? We can’t get away from it. Anywhere you find people, you find it. Clever little contraptions. Cunning strategies. We’re toolmakers born and bred; and even if you don’t believe in anything else, you’d better believe in that. Because that’s human nature.

It’s the tools that make us strong.

And it’s the tools that put a girl on the edge of this roof. I crawled out here against all advice the second I heard who it was. I owe this girl a debt and I can never repay it but I’m doing my best to try.

Samantha is just fifteen. The wind is smearing her brown hair against gray skies, pushing her tears in streaks across her blank, emotionless face. Allderdice is a massive school, built during the industrial genesis of Pittsburgh. Sam stands on the precipice, six stories up. The rain is spitting at us through afternoon sunlight, and the dull stone building seems to be bleeding or crying or both.

I can’t believe she’s really going to jump. Not after all she’s been through.

You make a tool to fix a problem, right? But—­and I’ve thought about this—­it’s the boundaries that define us. Bold, black lines that can’t be crossed—­the limits of human ability. Lately, the edges have been torn off the map.

Now we’re all getting lost.

Eight years ago a little kid named Samantha Blex missed a week of class. In the first photos on the news, you could see Sam was a little cross-­eyed. She smiled a lot through her kid-­sized purple eyeglasses. Cute. The kid was all slobber and grubby fingers and grins. Had a habit of putting blocks in her mouth.

That’s why, when Samantha walked back into school after her weeklong hiatus, a lot of the other kids’ parents were scared. Terrified is more like it. A textbook case of fight or flight, with a serious lean toward fight.

See, Sam wasn’t cross-­eyed when she came back to class. She didn’t put blocks in her mouth anymore, either. In fact, Samantha Blex pretty quickly demonstrated that she was now the smartest kid in third grade. After a few breathless rounds of testing, Sam turned out to be in the top-­hundredth percentile on citywide intelligence tests.

The kid had one hell of a week away.

In an interview, Sam’s teacher told a reporter in a shaky voice that he wasn’t sure if Sam was still the same little girl, now that she’d visited her doctor and been given a Neural Autofocus implant. That quote grabbed a lot of airtime. I felt really bad about it later. Should have known better than to say it.

And that’s how it started. With sweet little Sam walking back into my classroom, looking me right in the eye with a new spark of intelligence—­a new electricity altogether.

Where’d the spark come from? It’s simple enough. An aspirin-­sized piece of conductive metal, an amp, carefully placed in the prefrontal cortex of the kid’s brain. A baby squid pulsing with an exquisitely timed series of electrical stimulations, gently pushing her mind toward the beta one wave state. Focused concentration, 24-­7. This sharpened focus massively amplified her intelligence, bulldozing away the dim, mild, slobber-­mouthed little girl I knew.

And only a little nub of dark plastic on her temple, like a mole, to show for it. A maintenance port.

Just like mine.

“I know how you feel, Sam,” I call to the coltish teen on the roof. “I get the stares. I hear the whispers. We can make it through this.”

I’m flawed hardware, like anybody. Have been for a long time. Epilepsy. My doctor says it’s a Tower of Babel in my head and I believe him. Of course, I would. My doctor is my father.

But the nub on my temple doesn’t lead to anything as hot shit as a General Biologics Neural Autofocus unit. It’s just a simple stimulator designed to treat epilepsy and keep me from swallowing the old tongue. Proverbially. Dad has always said that doesn’t really happen.

Still, turning my implant off is not an option. And that’s the bitch of it. These tools we love so much have burrowed under our skin like parasites. They’re in our brains now, our joints and organs. Crouching behind our eyeballs and clinging to our sinuses. Making us smarter and stronger and always, always more dependent.

“You don’t know how it feels,” says Sam. “You’re medical. Not elective. You’ve got no inkling.”

Sometime in the past, in some sterile office, a doctor said Sam had a problem. She had a little trouble concentrating, that’s all. But there was a solution available. And her parents chose to use it. They had a little bit of money and they wanted the best for their daughter and they were willing to take the risk. Any parent might have done the same.

“You didn’t choose this, Sam.”

“Tell me about it,” she mutters, eyeing the ground.

It was my first year teaching. Age twenty-­two. Those chubby faces with their quick eyes sent me packing to teach high school the very next year. But I was there. I watched it all begin. Now, I’m crouching on the roof and inching away from the safety of the window and I’m watching it end.

“Stop that, Mr. Gray,” Samantha warns. She sounds slightly irritated, as if she’d caught me picking my nose. “Don’t come any fucking closer.”

I’m creeping across the spine of the building toward her now. A shivering, cowardly twenty-­nine-­year-­old turtle on a slippery log. My knees and crotch and chest are blotched with water, my cheeks sprinkled with drops. Please, please, please, I’m thinking. Please don’t let me slip and fall and die this morning with my water-­splotched crotch and my goddamn useless pencils in my shirt pocket and my soft clean hands with no calluses on them. This roof is slicker than ice. Slicker than a fucking waterslide and there’s no going back, so I hump it forward and ignore Sam’s annoyed voice.

She gives up protesting, and waits.

It was the Pure Human Citizen’s Council that pressured schools across the country into barring implanted kids. They said the few modified kids were taking precious resources away from the vast majority of human kids. It was true and Allderdice agreed, but Samantha’s parents were passionate and that’s how she ended up before the Supreme Court. A poster child for the inevitable future.

The lawyers picked Sam because she was a straight Neural Autofocus job. The nub on her temple wasn’t connected to the minnow’s flash of a retinal implant in her eye or a gleaming prosthetic limb. She was just a little girl, pretty and pure—­save the one inhuman flaw buried inside, the truth of it flickering out into her IQ score.

Finally, my face crosses over into shadow. I see a knee-­length skirt snapping in the breeze. Samantha stands with her hands on her hips, resigned.

I realize that she hasn’t jumped yet because she is trying to figure out how to make sure I am safe. A relieved breath hisses out of me, a whimper. We both hear it and think about it for a second.

“Jesus, you’re a pussy,” says Samantha. She glowers down at me like a ship’s figurehead sprouting from the peak of the roof. Too hard to be made of wood. Made of metal. Little flecks of it, anyway.

“I’m jumping,” she says. “Trust me, you’d have jumped years ago.”

“No, Samantha—­”

“Shut your mouth,” she snaps. “You don’t know shit. I’m smarter than you, remember? You couldn’t teach me back then, so why try to talk to me now? Just shut up. I’m jumping. The impact is going to kill me instantly. It’ll take about two seconds to fall.”

Immediately I think of how she looked in those little purple eyeglasses. The memory of her floats like a haze over this teenage girl in front of me. It was too much, the gap between the old Samantha and the new. Something broke in that week she was gone. A piece of her must have got lost in the transition.

Samantha glances down. “It looks like I’ll hit damp grass, which doesn’t mean I won’t die. That’s inevitable from this height. I’ll have accelerated to about forty miles an hour. But the grass is good. It means that when I hit, there’s a solid chance my guts won’t spray out of my mouth and asshole.”

I just blink. Her words are a rock wall and I’ve rammed into it going full speed with all the momentum gathered by an idealistic career teaching mostly docile students. I mean, I know that the obedient kids I teach are different from the ones who stream out into the world at the end of the day. But I never fathomed this kind of talk. This never showed up from eight to three. It was trapped inside the desks and books and held back by, what? The threat of detention, I guess.

Samantha doesn’t seem worried about detention.

“And don’t think that nub on your temple makes you anything besides a spaz, Gray. Sorry. I meant to say autosomal dominant frontal lobe epileptic. Yes, we all know.”

She taps the mole-­sized nub that protrudes from her right temple, clear hazel eyes shining in the spotty sunlight.

“This, Mr. Gray. This is really something. You know, right after I got this, I was actually looking forward to coming back to school. I didn’t see things so clearly then.”

“You can’t listen to other kids,” I say. “They’re only jealous.”

“Kids?” she asks. “You think this is Algernon syndrome? That dumb little Samantha woke up and realized the other kids were mean? I haven’t worried about children since the third grade. It’s the rest of the world, Mr. Gray. Allderdice is a microcosm. And the larger world hates us. To quote the Honorable Chief Justice Anfuso, ‘The existence of a class of superabled citizens threatens to pull apart the fabric of our society.’ There’s no place for me here. Or anywhere else.”

“That’s today. But what about tomorrow? What about the Free Body Liberty Group? We don’t know what might happen,” I urge.

“The world has been changing, Mr. Gray. People have been waiting for permission to hate us. Now all the evil is going to come out. There are too many of them and not nearly enough of us. This has all happened before. It will end the same. In labor camps. Mass graves.” She looks at me with pity. “You’re a dead man walking. How pathetic that you don’t even know it.”

Somehow, I find the courage to crouch on cramping legs. I reach my wavering hand out to her, feeling the warm lick of rain on it.

“Please, Samantha,” I’m saying.

“You were right,” she says.

“About what?” I ask.

“What you told those reporters. You said you didn’t know who I was when I came back. It’s true. I’m not the same girl.”

“Don’t do this. We’ll fight them. I promise you, Sam.”

“Sam’s gone. I’m somebody else. Somebody that never should have existed.”

I’m shouting and standing up and I’ve forgotten to be afraid. As I reach for her, I see her tear-­streaked face between my fingers for a frozen instant. Her eyes are wide open when she steps off the roof.

Eight years ago, a little girl named Samantha Blex missed a week of school. When she came back, she changed the world. And this morning, she left it.

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Essay from Author Daniel Wilson

At this moment, you probably have some kind of technology in your bag, in your back pocket, or under your fingers ...you don't have it in your head.

Not yet.

We are rapidly approaching a pivot point in human history when our technology will migrate inside our bodies. This is the moment when the slowest kid in class visits the doctor and returns as the smartest; when a disabled sprinter uses prosthetics to break the current champion's Olympic record; or when retirees wearing medical exoskeletons take construction jobs from the young.

This great migration is already happening; it is going to keep happening; and pretty soon it is going to become a heck of a big deal.

That's why I wrote Amped.

I wholeheartedly believe that within ten years technology will be capable of transforming many people with disabilities into people with super abilities. The repercussions for those who are able-bodied will be staggering. As a society, we will be faced with deciding whether or not to let the technology inside.

Amped imagines this future.

In the story, a civil rights movement has been sparked by people with disabilities who are cured by neural implants that make them slightly smarter than “regular” people. Early adoptees are simply people who have profound problems, such as refractory epilepsy or Parkinson's disease, but the “Neural Autofocus” implant soon proliferates to students with ADHD diagnoses and from there into general society.

On the day of a Supreme Court decision that creates a “level playing field” by effectively banning all brain implantation devices, 29-year-old Owen Gray learns that his own medical implant is more than it seems. Owen is catapulted into a new underclass of implanted citizens, commonly referred to as “amps.” To survive, he will join an epic human rights crusade and push himself to the limits of good and evil.

In the novel, I do my best to paint a portrait of a society so wracked by sudden technological change that it has descended into a frenzy of hatred and bloodlust against its own citizens. And I tell the story from the perspective of a normal person who has been banished from the community, forced to redefine himself in isolation, and who, upon his return, may very well expand the boundaries of what it means to be human.

They say change is the only constant. They're right. These medical devices are coming down the pike and soon we will all be confronted by these issues. It will be a milestone for humankind or a black eye and there is no avoiding it. As Owen Gray, the protagonist of Amped, says:

“It's the technology, see? We can't get away from it. Anywhere you find people, you find it. Clever little contraptions. Cunning strategies. We're toolmakers born and bred; and even if you don't believe in anything else, you'd better believe in that. Because that's human nature.”

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    Can't put it down!

    The idea that we could have brain implants that make us super smart or super strong seems a little far fetched at first, but by the end of the first chapter I was hooked and along for an action-packed thrill ride. In a world where neural implants give people super abilities, Wilson tells the story of how our society reacts when our technology gets into our heads. Thought provoking and a really fun read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Wanted 1/2 my money back

    Interesting story, but I enjoyed Robopocalypse more. I finished the book in a couple of hours and found myself a little peeved at myself for spending $14 for what turned out to be a quick 239 pages.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 13, 2012

    First Review

    I have to that I enjoyed this book a lot. I had read is previous book and I will not sit here and copare since I believe they are very different, even though they have similar themes in regards to robotics. I really enjoyed the plot twists, just when I thought that i had figured it out he hit you with another twist. The undertones of the book where very interesting, to me there are hints to which can be seen in todays society as far as society that is afraid of anything different. I did think it was a little to short and was looking for more when i did finally finished. I would recommend this to anyone who has read his previous work .

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Confusing and Confused

    While I am no genius, I found myself confused by a story that wanted to break genre tropes--sometimes succeeding--but often falling victim to letting voice carry a plot with not enough exposition. I think many readers enjoy a story with twists and plot turns, I was often still trying to piece together the characters' relationships and interactions from before and figuring out the LAST plot twist when a new one would be introduced.

    While I appreciate any author's intention to subvert or challenge a genre, I'd prefer they didn't subvert the conventions of sensible plot construction and clever character development.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

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    Daniel Wilson's AMPED is another very solid bio/techno-thriller,

    Daniel Wilson's AMPED is another very solid bio/techno-thriller, on the heals of his first book, Robopocalypse: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries).

    In the near future, humans can be technologically improved, or "amped," to correct deficiencies or handicaps such as missing limbs or brain damage. However, as technology improves, "amped" humans begin to have a decisive advantage over the unimproved majority, and the tensions flare to the brink of a civil war. In the middle of this is a former math teacher was was "amped" as a small boy by his father, a leader in the field of bio-enhancement, in order to save his life after a major head trauma. The teacher knows he's different, but doesn't know HOW different he is, and his finding out is key to the climax of the story.

    This book grabbed me a lot more than his first. Maybe it's the talk of the first person to run in the Olympics with artificial limbs, maybe it's the new prosthetic limbs our wounded vets are receiving. This book just seems more real.

    Well written, fast moving, entertaining. Fans of science thrillers will really enjoy this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    Interesting enough to finish it, but...... I enjoyed Robopocalyp

    Interesting enough to finish it, but......
    I enjoyed Robopocalypse, and had high hopes for Amped. However, I found it quite dull. It was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end, but the closer I got to the end the more I wished it would end so I could move on to something more to my liking. Not only did I find it dull, but the characters were unbelievable and unlikeable. Just did not have the punch of the earlier title.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    I did not like this story at all. I didn't like any of the chara

    I did not like this story at all. I didn't like any of the characters in it especially the main one. He got on my nerves so bad it was not even funny. I have no respect for someone who wouldn't take up for themselves even after being urinated on. The sad thing is that I think people really would act this stupid if things like what happened in this story were to come true. Wilson does show exactly how stupid humans can be and I do applaud him for hitting that head on.

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

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    Great villains

    This book grabbed me from the first page and I’m thinking Daniel H Wilson is quickly becoming my favorite new author. I loved reading this from cover to cover.

    It’s certainly an interesting concept, where we can become ‘amplified’ to enhance ourselves but then you’d have to ask yourselves where the line is crossed and when it’s too much? when does it become out of hand to the point where those with ‘amps’ are then ostracized and become second class citizens. These are all the things to look at while reading this book.

    What makes it so good is the action that begins right in the beginning of the book, and all throughout the book which engages the reader and makes the book a non stop read. It’s pretty much fast paced, although through the middle of the book it does slow down but only to give Owen a bit more character development.

    As for Owen as a character, I had to admit I’m still not that crazy about him. He’s a bit of a twit. Sure, he looks at the world sometimes through a rose colored lens but you’d have to wonder when reality is going to hit him and when he’s going to react. It’s not until he’s actually FORCED with his back to the wall type of scenario to finally act. He does seem to be a bit blind to what’s going on around him and his fellow Amps.

    The villains in this book are very well done. They’re awesome bad guys (Lyle moreso. Vaughn’s just a jerk). They’re so bad you’re not sure if you want to hate them (like Vaughn) or like them because they do such a good job at being bad (like Lyle). Overall the characters in the book are pretty well written. The only one character I wasn’t too keen on was Lucy, because I thought she was just there to play a romantic love interest and that was it. She didn’t really contribute much for this book in my opinion.

    The writing style is good. Nothing fancy or so wordy when it comes to the ‘high tech’ part that you’ll be left looking through wikipedia on some of the terminology and all you get are metaphysical answers. Thankfully this book has none of that so even if you’re not much of a sci fi fan, you should give this book a try. The action packed writing should be enough to get you going!

    I’m definitely going to put Daniel H Wilson on my authors to watch for list. I really liked his style of writing so I’ll be looking for more works by him. Definitely recommended for those that want an action packed read. Sci fi readers might enjoy this also (even those who don’t care much for high tech speak!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Feels frighteningly possible

    Read this very fast.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    This really isn't the type of book that I normally read but I th

    This really isn't the type of book that I normally read but I thought is was pretty good. The fight scenes reminded me of the movie "The Matrix". Sometimes it was a little hard to follow but I always got caught up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Entertainment

    An incredible plotline of humans becoming superhumans through technology. Amped is the next "BLADE RUNNER."

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

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    This book creates a very similar sense of adventure to Robopocal

    This book creates a very similar sense of adventure to Robopocalypse. It explores through an exciting story how technology can be save us or destroy us. The plot explores a possible future in which many people are living with implants that correct physical and mental disorders or damage. They also can enhance intelligence. This leads to many average citizens feeling jealous and threatened by their modified neighbors. With very little prompting from a power hungry madman, people turn on each other and create a less-than class and legalize prejudice. In a diverse society such as ours, this is always a real danger. This novel reminds us why it is very important to legalize and teach all children that all people have equal human rights. It protects us all.
    Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Enjoyable Read - But Has Lost Potential

    I enjoyed Wilson's other book, "Robopocalypse," enough to buy another book by the same author and give it a read. I like the book. But I wanted to love it. About 3/4 of the way through it I found myself wondering if this was going to be book 1 of a series. Because at that point it could have been. But the final 1/4 of the book disappointed. I felt it could have gone onto being at least a three part series on a war between amped and non-amped humans. But the author just kind of wraps it up in a nice little package and ends the story. So I have to say it was a fairly enjoyable read, but had potential to be more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Solid followup to robopocalypse

    I enjoyed,but not nearly as good as robopocalypse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Great book!

    Cant compare this book to Robopocalypse because theyre two totally different stories. Amped will keep you reading and most importantly.....thinking.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Enjoyed

    I loved this book. Character development is lacking, but it's still very much worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Great book

    Along the same veins as Robopocalypse. Relevant to today - discussions of olympic athletes, genetic testing, gene therapy. Thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    great short read

    Kept me interested would recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Pretty good.

    Got this book because I enjoyed Robopocalypse so much. I like the idea of Amped but it left me a little wanting. It is not as good as Mr. Wilson's first book. It is a good read and I do recommend it.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    Very cool book! Interesting concept that may not be that far-fe

    Very cool book! Interesting concept that may not be that far-fetched with advancements in medical technology. Once again, I really had a great time reading this book. It was fast-paced and really engaging. I found it even better that Robopocalypse, which I really enjoyed. I have to say that I'm a new Daniel H. Wilson fan.

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