The idea has a lot going for it, but I felt overall it was rushed and not a lot of thought went into the process.
More research and editing.
With what he had to work with, not much.
To many to list.
This book could be a winner with more polish and research.
The book started out a little slow and I felt like I was required to be a little long suffering with the main character but the resolution was well worth it. I felt like the last twenty minutes of the book made it all worth while.
The plot was clever and the characters were quite interesting. A really great read!
Yes but this was dissappointing - story felt it was written in a few sessions there was very little to it and many possibilities were left unexplored or missed entirely.
Cool concept with the different levels of the zenith
Not worth the $ I used vs using a credit.
I was expecting the invention of, and evolution of, android like robots, that posed interesting and challenging issues to a society advanced enough to have invented them and that would, eventually, threaten the social order and challenge the survival of the human race. I expected the premise of this book to be focused on the way an intelligent, informed, and advanced society might manage to endure, and overcome, what would evolve into the superior intellect, and power, of a machine of their own making.
Instead, I got a story populated with boorish, vindictive, redneck, bullies, spouting four letter abuse and bent on mayhem; like dogs barking at bears.
The protagonists were no more interesting, or intelligent, than the barking dogs and seem to have no redeeming qualities; they are all the above, except that they are super charged, possessing superhuman powers; due to high tech implants in their brains. The odd thing is that the inventor seemed to have failed to incorporated intellect in the device. Somewhere about chapter 15 these two forces face off in a "no contest" confrontation.
There were a few interesting revelations in the beginning, as the author attempts to develop his characters and set the scene, but then, rather suddenly, the reader finds himself in the middle of redneck country and this ludicrous situation.
The story line lacks nuance, the writing is; in my opinion, sophomoric; with no surprises, the characters are uninteresting and there is nothing compelling about the story; which is simplistic and might appeal to teenage boys, but not to anyone who is interested in how robotics might affect the human condition or how the human race might fail to recognize the slow, insidious evolution of such a technology until it was too late.
I continued to listen until chapter 17, at which point the protagonists love interest began to show interest in him; just as expected!
A great disappointment.
'Amped??? certainly sounds awesome and the cover art looks like a button begging to be pressed. In the end though, this book falls victim to an uninspired hero who is almost hopelessly incapable of action. I believe the book ACTUALLY begins at 4 hours and 37 minutes in, when the character finally turns on his amp.
The book focuses more on the notion of second-class citizenship, rather than amplified human abilities. Daniel H. Wilson???s future society is rather thin and hovers on the periphery; it never comes up close. It never immerses you. Don???t get me wrong, the concept is excellent. The slang in the book is pretty cool and the word "amp" or "amped" really worked. Each chapter also has a pseudo- snippet of future news that I thought complimented the story very well, but it just wasn???t enough. Conflicts are half-hearted and confrontations just stop in the middle too many times, as if the characters themselves weren???t really motivated to resolve anything.
Finally, the author???s metaphors and similes become very distracting. There were too many uncalled for descriptions that I couldn???t relate to. ???Like a Martian cyclone,??? or ???like a barbed wire blanket,??? or ???fists like neutron stars.??? What? Some of the metaphors either didn???t make sense or were overwritten??????bruised teeth,??? or ???a rust-kissed screen,??? or ???a yawning doorway.???
The lead character, Owen Gray, best described my reading experience when he said it???s ???like watching someone else???s life, seeing events unfold precisely according to a plan that nobody told you.???
After this one.... now I have my doubts
Possibly, but only after strong recommendations from other listeners.
Performance was fine, the content of the book just did not deliver.
They all need work.....
I was a fan of Wilson's Robopocalypse so I was expecting more of the same action and interesting story-line. This book simply did not deliver. I found it boring, predictable, and was very disappointed.
It was a little slow to build interest in the “super” aspect of the main character, and once we actually made it there, it fizzled out with a rather anti-climatic ending. I felt the author could have expounded more on the traits and abilities gained from the implant to make it a more compelling work.
Most interesting: Symbotic nature of the amp, I think this could have been explored more to a greater effect. Also, I thought the laughing cowboy character was a cool crazy villain, nothing shockingly new however.
Least interesting: Slow pace of the book, and traditional set of characters: Do-gooder protagonist, Unhinged villain, Zen-like mentor for the protagonist to learn and grow, love interest that the main character feels is above his attainment, all very vanilla. An interesting little plot twist towards the end, but even that was fairly predictable (I don’t want to provide spoilers).
It was generally well done, I have no strong opinions one way or the other.
I would consider it, if they spiced the story up a little I would.
There are portions of the book that are quite interesting, it doesn't grab interest like some other works in this genre line... My favorite is Soon I will be Invincible (hard to compare the two, as Amped is meant to be serious, and Invincible is really a sarcastic and funny book). If you're looking for a serious take on altered human abilities, a brief study in psychological / sociological human behavior, and a fairly straight forward plot line, you will enjoy this, if not, I suggest the former, as well as Ex-heroes, and Ex-patriots (both a little campy, but fun). -M
The concept of a cyber-enhanced mankind isn't new, so any novel using that as a lynchpin should present new ideas, or at least a strong plot to carry it along. This story, unfortunately, while well written, does not have that support to move forward, and bogs down with prejudicial ethics, so much to the point that such prejudice is essential to the very storyline. That's too bad, because in this case, there was so much the author could have done to take us on a fresh journey. Also, there has to be a great reason to take that journey, as well as a reward for taking such a journey. Too little, too late, and too depressing. The characters needed more depth for the reader/listener to invest in - Without that, it's a shallow read/listen.
That being said, the the plot became predictable, and very two dimensional. It's not a BAD audiobook, but it's obvious that it could have been MUCH better. I hope to hear more work from Wilson - And practice CAN make perfect. Just not in this audiobook.
Complicated where it didn't need to be and yada yada where detail was needed. It is worth the listen but it left me wanting.
I really liked the idea presented in Amped. Were that idea explored in an essay or a piece of speculative fiction, I think that I would have enjoyed it more. Instead, it is presented as a novel and the story of that novel ends up feeling very forced. I feel like I Wilson was trying very hard to make a mystery where the reader could be pleasantly surprised as the story twists and turns, implying one villain and then another... but it just came across as muddled.
The story works so hard to cast certain characters as villains (callously killing innocents, etc.) and then abruptly flips their role while only providing the thinnest veneer of reason. Along that same line, it is obvious that Wilson wanted to tell a story of a social dystopia, but his world fractures into this state through a completely (to me) unbelievable series of events. As I was listening to it, I kept asking myself, "Really? Who would do that? Why would anyone do that?" over and over again. The world did not feel logically consistent and so ended up very artificial.