Amped: A Novel by Daniel H WilsonAmped: A Novel by Daniel H Wilson

Amped: A Novel

byDaniel H Wilson

Hardcover | August 27, 2014

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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.
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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Title:Amped: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.55 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:August 27, 2014Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385535155

ISBN - 13:9780385535151

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great villains, nerdy hero 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!)
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uhm why robo p and not this. I stumbled on this book by accident she I was looking for Hunger Games after a reader of my now dead short fiction blog. After reading a quote of something I wrote on another site and the idiot trying to claim it was his I rethought the digital self blog thing. But some of my readers kept in touch post hack . The list included robopocLypse ... I was glued to it ... Couldn't sleep cus I had to KNOW What happened to AR! Lol .. So months went by and I heard about a possible sequel to pocolyps and a movie YES OH GOD YES SO WANT A MOVIE ! then my heart got broke and I now am in a love hate Spielberg mode ... I found Daniels Facebook and twitter ( uhm you need a Google + Daniel! Do a google hangout and I guarantee the fans will organize and push the studio on any way they can for your movie ! We are very keen for it! When I found his page I was suffering from chronic pain flare ups and when at their worst Kobo is my life .... So I looked at his post about the dead movie and many curses were used ... Then I saw the list of other things he's written and the new book ... After reading this , I seriously wondered why not this book!? It is at least as good as robopocolypse if not better and ... I hate to say it people,,,, but we are seconds in the great galactic timeline from this now. I see Google glass and the watches everywhere ... And its always the dreamers who build tomorrow .. Most of them from what they watch and read ... In my top 5 for this year! As my tenz does its work.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay Given the pace of Robopocalypse I had high hopes for Amped. I was let down. Ah well.
Date published: 2013-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read But not as good as Robopocalypse.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting idea When I read the description I was very interested in what this book would be about. Wilson again writes in an easy to read, but not "dumbed down" style which I appreciate. The idea of how medical prosthetic can move towards direct brain implantation and integration is very current with studies being done by several universities. Having a story that walks us down a path of how that can work or not within a society like ours was what I enjoyed most about this story.
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scarily realistic This novel explores in a fictional way how all too often people allow fear to override their sense of fairness and equality when faced with another person who is different.
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not on Par with Robopocalypse After finishing Robopocalypse I eagerly anticipated the release of Amped. While I cannot say that this book is even on par, it was still worth the read. The story was well paced and contained a few twists, most of which were unfortunately predictable. Wilson seemed to lack on the character development, and I didn't find myself truly rooting for Gray. I actually found him to be annoying and even selfish to a point. Now I do believe that I would have enjoyed this book much more and the plot may have very well been elevated if Wilson had decided to tell the story from more than just Gray's point of view. There were a few parts that had me thinking that Wilson over simplified explanations. For example when it is revealed why Vaughan is so Anti-Amps, I was let down. It DID explain why he would be against implantation, but it made me think that he would be more likely to accept the Amps as people – not discriminate against them. As for Gray I understand why he would be struggling with the idea of using his full Amped potential at first, however, as the story progressed I found it unimaginable that he continued to find the idea so perverse. That being said, Wilson's ability to describe a world that could very well happen is remarkable. The fear of change is prevalent and it is easy to see a scenario where people will quickly turn against their neighbours, friends, and family. It is eerily on point. I look forward to his next book!
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as Robopocalypse Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson was one of my favourite reads last year. So I jumped at the chance to review Amped when I saw it up on NetGalley. I loved the innovative way Robopocalypse was set up and I was happy to see Daniel H Wilson kept certain elements in this books. Court case rulings, press releases etc. These little extras give Amped a much more authentic and in-the-moment feel. Amped, is an exciting and action packed read. It is like there is a consistent level of adrenaline running through this book at all times. Lots of fighting, lots of running. It's a book that'll make your heart pound. If you insert some military grade, human being amplification tools in people's brains there are bound to be some great fight scenes. If all that action wasn't exciting enough there are some really great twists that will keep you guessing. Though I really enjoyed this novel I find that I need to bring up an issue with the female characters. Or lack thereof. There was only one female. And she was a pretty one dimensional one at that. She's a regular human in a community of amped individual. She adopted a little boy, cooked food for elderly people, is the love interest for the main character. A form character if I ever saw one. This was incredibly disappointing to me. I'm not saying a woman needs to be a main character or even a central one but in a book filled with characters there could have easily been more than one and at the very least one that was more significant/equal to the other characters. As a feminist and science fiction fan I often find myself torn over certain books/movies/shows etc. On the one hand this is a really fun and exciting read. On the other I can't ignore the implications a feminist reading brings to the surface. So what it comes down to is this - while I loved Robopocalypse, I simply liked Amped. It is an enjoyable but somewhat problematic read. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so Amped About Amped :( Boo-urns. After reading Robopocalypse and LOVING it, I was super stoked for Wilson's new sci-fi, techie book, Amped to hit the shelves. I started reading the day it was released. But, much to my dissappointment, I really did not enjoy Amped that much at all. Don't get me wrong, the idea has merit and draws eerie parallels to the way in which human beings have always treated other human beings who are 'different'. I enjoyed the plot, but the writing left something to be desired, in my opinion. First of all, the story line was very predictable and I found myself knowing almost exactly how this story would play out somewhere between the 1st and 2nd chapter. I didn't connect with any of the characters, including the main character (our narrator), which bothered me. Another thing I noticed about this novel is that I don't much care for Wilson's writing technique - he uses WAY too many similes (like or as comparative sentences) and way too often. I found pages where there was 3 similes to a page. It made me feel like he didn't have enough confidence in his own writing style. All in all, if you are expecting this book to be as awesome as Robopocalypse, you may be mistaken.
Date published: 2012-06-23

Editorial Reviews

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