Amped by Daniel H. Wilson

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23 Critic Reviews

Amped is an important work which anticipates some of the most complex legal and medical ethics questions for an advanced technology already here.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Daniel H. Wilson

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Daniel H. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack?, How to Build a Robot Army, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, and A Boy and His Bot.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Vintage. 289 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Amped
All: 23 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2012

Provocative, with strong action sequences, but weak in character development and plotting.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Dr Joseph Maresca on Sep 11 2012

Amped is an important work which anticipates some of the most complex legal and medical ethics questions for an advanced technology already here.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Todd VanDerWerff on Jun 18 2012

Amped features a half-decent story about a regular guy who becomes a warrior to protect those he loves—but the world-building leaves much to be desired.

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SF Site

Excellent
Reviewed by Greg Johnson

Wilson's prose is slick enough and he tells the story quickly enough to make Amped a fast-paced, enjoyable thriller, with just enough science fiction to give it an edge...

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Chamber Four

Below average
Reviewed by NICO VREELAND on Jul 06 2012

Amped features a terrific premise, but squanders it with a mediocre plot and downright boring characters.

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The Agony Column

Excellent
Reviewed by Rick Kleffel on Jun 22 2012

'Amped' is both entertaining and harrowing, a reminder of how often the future ends up repeating the past.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Doug Childers on Jun 10 2012

...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.

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SFX

Excellent
Reviewed by Guy Haley on Jun 08 2012

What saves Amped is that Wilson writes well; his prose is strong, with good visual flourishes. Well-paced and peppered with action, it holds the attention for a time.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn. on May 29 2012

This social commentary, compounded with a truly reliable main character that any reader can relate to, all add up to a truly impressive novel.

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SF Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Antony on Aug 29 2012

Amped is a powerful novel, at times its quite sobering and it really draws you in right from the start, with some genuinely dramatic and emotive scenes, a thoughtful thriller that manages to hit all the right notes.

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The Guilded Earlobe

Good
Reviewed by The Guilded Earlobe on Jul 09 2012

It’s a fun surface level chase thriller with some in your face social commentary and interesting technological issues.

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Onyx Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Bev Vincent

...the book feels insubstantial, despite the big ideas it wants to explore.

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Collateral Bloggage

Good
Reviewed by Seth on Jun 30 2012

...the book is pretty believable because the technology isn't impossibly out of reach and the social drama that could come with it could look pretty much just like the book.

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Violin in a Void

Below average
Reviewed by Violin in a Void on Jun 05 2012

On the whole, there was nothing about Amped that I found engaging enough for me to care much about the characters or the outcome of the story.

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Novel Heights

Good
Reviewed by Novel Heights on Nov 02 2012

I am a big fan of Wilson’s writing style and found this a very easy read that didn’t get bogged down in the detail of the science behind the fiction.

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The Oaken Bookcase

Good
Reviewed by ANGELYA on Jun 06 2012

I was constantly pulled between being worried about the main characters, horrified at the anti-amp protests and media beat-ups and sad at the human cost...

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Working for the Mandroid

Good
Reviewed by Leslie on May 31 2012

...it’s a fun little fast-paced science fiction romp full of action, drama and, at least for me, serious amounts of creepy.

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Tom Farr Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Tom Farr on Jul 15 2012

It’s a compelling exploration of the human condition and a clever use of technology.

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William Hertling's Thoughtstream

Good
Reviewed by William Hertling on Jun 02 2012

I love the structure of the book. I’m a sucker for the interchapter news articles.

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biblioterra

Good
Reviewed by biblioterra on Jul 03 2012

The book is fast-paced...The plot turns weren’t shocking, but the writing was pitch-perfect and the descriptions, particularly of the fight scenes, were darkly beautiful.

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Speculating on SpecFic

Good
Reviewed by Shaheen on Jun 26 2012

The book is filled with incredible ideas and the author has a keen insight into what lurks deep inside every human being – the fear of being left behind.

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Cozy Up With A Good Read

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Jun 04 2012

What I really enjoy is how well Wilson is able to write from both perspectives of judgement, those who love technology and those who are completely against it.

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The Novel Blog Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Daniel S Boucher on May 11 2012

I loved all the historical “legal” documents spread throughout. They were not only cool, but shed insight into the government’s state of mind in response to public outcry.

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