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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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    D corona, ca United States 06-11-12
    D corona, ca United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2008

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"

    Some have compared Dr. Wilson, a PHD in Robotics, to Michael Crichton. While they both base their books on their scientific expertise, Dr. Wilson???s story line lacks the imagination of the writer of Jurassic Park; but it is still entertaining.
    Amped is a familiar story line about discrimination between super-humans and ???mere mortals,??? (X-men). Set in the near future where people suffering from physical ailments are given neuro implants that not only correct problems such as seizures, ADHD, and Autism, but make them far superior to normal humans. As the group of Amps grows, ???normal" society starts to feel at a disadvantage and passes a law restricting the rights of the Amps. This creates a conflict between the two sides and possible war.
    Running from a crime he didn't commit, the hero of the story Owen Grey has a very special implant that he must figure out what exactly it does and how it works before war breaks out.
    It???s a quick listen, fast paced, and the narrator Robbie Daymond does a good job; but if you???re looking for a profound concept like extracting Dino DNA from mosquitos stuck in amber, you would be disappointed.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kraig Charlotte, NC, United States 06-18-12
    Kraig Charlotte, NC, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great potential but falls short"

    This story of enhanced humans had great promise. I mean, who wouldn't want to learn they had superhuman powers? The main character was likable and I wanted to root for him, but what a wimp he turned out to be. Sure, he found his strength in the end but he ended up on the short end of just about every fight he was forced in to, nearly beaten to death a dozen times despite his "powers" and vomited or got lightheaded from all the violence more than a frat boy with a hangover at sping break. If your given superhuman abilities wouldn't you try to change the world for the better and embrace them? The romantic element seemed forced as well and we barely got to know any of the supporting cast. The whole story justs seemed rushed and there doesn't appear to be a setup for a sequel. It read more like a short story that was rushed out to the public. On the bright side, I really like the narrator. He seemed right for the character and did other voices well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James E. Glenn Noblesville, IN, US 07-09-12
    James E. Glenn Noblesville, IN, US 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointed"

    I never got into this book. The story was anti-climactic throughout for me. In order for a book to be good (IMO) you have to feel a connection to the characters. That just never happened for me. The story line was interesting enough but did not keep my interest. I think the narrator was handicapped by the prose in this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Ashburn, VA, United States 07-05-12
    Deborah Ashburn, VA, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2011

    tewari

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    "Do you consent?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very engaging book, great action, and good character development. The story was original and not overly predictable.


    What does Robbie Daymond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robbie Daymond did a good job with this narration. He gave variety to the characters and voiced them in a very believable way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times, the tension was very palpable to me. I found myself talking to the characters to make choices they weren't ready for. Very engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable book. I would highly recommend it to adult audiences.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory E. Smith MD Georgia, USA 08-23-12
    Gregory E. Smith MD Georgia, USA 08-23-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Amped will give you a charge."
    What did you love best about Amped?

    The narration was evenly paced, voiced well, and moved the story along well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Amped?

    The moment when Owen decided how he was going to resolve the problem of his own implant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the cemetery when the senator's back story is revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, moves well, entertaining. Worth the time to listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Jeffrey Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Typical but Interesting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book was good, a bit long and unresolved. Not sure which of the story I really felt good about. Sure the "Amps" were having problems -- but the non-Amps had a point


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

    That it did not seem too far off from where we were headed


    Have you listened to any of Robbie Daymond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never


    Could you see Amped being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It certainly seemed to have TV show written all over it. I picture the lead character as Matthew Morrison from Glee


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Sci Fi and are looking forward to the Adaptation of the sequel -- it is worth a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Dallas, TX, USA 08-04-12
    Ron Dallas, TX, USA 08-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome book wth great Movie Potential"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Action and intelligence combine to make a fast listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialog and character depth.


    What about Robbie Daymond’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked trying to visualize the implanted technologies retinal projections.


    Any additional comments?

    If this does not become a movie, Hollywood is really missing out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-03-12
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2008

    caffeinated

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    "Some redeeming qualities. But..."

    Not a bad book. Some characters I liked and rooted for. And some interesting plot twists and turns. The big problem with this book is the premise and the underlying technological argument. It's just terribly hard to believe that society would shun hundred of thousands of citizens who have performance-enhancing implants. The voice in my head kept saying, "That could/would never happen..." And it spoiled the book for me. The premise behind the X-Men story is essentially the same as this book, but because having mutant power is so outside the realm of our experience, and having implants isn't, this book's assertions don't get past the brain's ability to match text with known facts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike charlotteDriveCharlotte, NC, United States 07-04-12
    Mike charlotteDriveCharlotte, NC, United States 07-04-12
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    "Good idea, Bland story."
    Would you try another book from Daniel H. Wilson and/or Robbie Daymond?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel H. Wilson before, how does this one compare?

    Didnt compare to robopocalypse, and could've been along the same lines but IMO it fell short.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robbie Daymond?

    yes


    Could you see Amped being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Rountree 07-03-12 Member Since 2006

    Bryan R.

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    "Book was Very Entertaining"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel H. Wilson? Why or why not?

    Yes, Wilson has a great story telling style and his characters are believable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but very close. I finished this book in a week. Which is quick for me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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