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Amped: A Novel | [Daniel H. Wilson]

Amped: A Novel

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, 29-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.
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Publisher's Summary

Technology makes them superhuman. But mere mortals want them kept in their place. The New York Times best-selling 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, 29-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.

©2012 Daniel H. Wilson (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Raves for the New York Times Best seller Robopocalypse:"An ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

"Terrific page-turning fun." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)

"Robopocalypse reminded me of Michael Crichton when he was young and the best in the business. This novel is brilliant, beautifully conceived, beautifully written (high-five, Dr. Wilson)...but what makes it is the humanity. Wilson doesn't waste his time writing about 'things', he's writing about human beings, fear, love, courage, hope. I loved it." (Robert Crais, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

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    Karl M. 07-03-12
    Karl M. 07-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disapointed"
    Would you try another book from Daniel H. Wilson and/or Robbie Daymond?

    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.


    What could Daniel H. Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More research and editing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With what he had to work with, not much.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Amped?

    To many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could be a winner with more polish and research.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Ruebbelke Phoenix, AZ 07-02-12
    Luke Ruebbelke Phoenix, AZ 07-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A really clever book all the way to the end."

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seth Manchester, MA, United States 06-27-12
    Seth Manchester, MA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Step back from robopocalypse"
    Would you try another book from Daniel H. Wilson and/or Robbie Daymond?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Cool concept with the different levels of the zenith


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the $ I used vs using a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 06-18-12
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 06-18-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Boorish"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Austin, TX 06-13-12
    Doug Austin, TX 06-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Power Outage"

    '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.???

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Les Noel 06-17-12
    Les Noel 06-17-12
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    "If you liked Robopocalypse...save your credit"
    Would you try another book from Daniel H. Wilson and/or Robbie Daymond?


    After this one.... now I have my doubts


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel H. Wilson again?

    Possibly, but only after strong recommendations from other listeners.


    What aspect of Robbie Daymond???s performance would you have changed?

    Performance was fine, the content of the book just did not deliver.


    What character would you cut from Amped?

    They all need work.....


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Thornwood Los Angeles, CA 06-26-12
    Thornwood Los Angeles, CA 06-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A cool concept that was not taken to fruition."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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).


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was generally well done, I have no strong opinions one way or the other.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would consider it, if they spiced the story up a little I would.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-07-12
    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Dark, a bit depressing, too much ethics..."

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-10-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My first Daniel Wilson listen"

    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.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    hoosiermomma 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An engrossing story"

    As a sci-fi fan and a former Oklahoma resident I was eager to listen to this story which centers around familiar sooner territory. I enjoyed the story so much that I find myself hoping for a sequel in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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