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Amped: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Daniel H. Wilson

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Title:Amped: A Novel
Authors:Daniel H. Wilson
Info:Doubleday (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 288 pages
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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!) ( )
  sensitivemuse | Sep 16, 2014 |
Well-done sci-fi
  dgooler | Jul 1, 2014 |
Daniel H. Wilson specializes in stories in which the use of future technology upends society in some fashion. His intent is not only to tell an exciting story but to also spark discussions among fans about the potential dangers of technology. In Amped though, he fails to achieve his objective to generate a discussion about the ethics behind combining technology with medical care. All of the discussion points are there. However, he does not provide the one motivating factor to ignite such discussions; he fails to provide a character about whom readers truly care.

It is not that Owen is a bad character. He is just so thoroughly vanilla and so flat that he is easily forgettable and highly ignorable. His development from a teacher to a bad-ass amp that can save the world is too fast and mostly unexplained. His love story occurs even more quickly and with even less explanation. The explanations that readers receive about his device and the powers from that device are contradictory and unsatisfactory. There are too many unexplained or inadequately explained situations, characters, or powers, and all a reader can do is ignore any confusion and go along for the ride. A reader cannot become any further involved in the story because the details and the answers to do so are just not there.

As narrator, Robbie Daymond tries his best to improve the mediocre narrative with which he has to work. He applies an earnestness to the story that seems to be missing from the words themselves. Unfortunately, his voice is too young for Owen. He sounds so much younger than Owen actually is, and any scene which references Owen’s past experiences or actual age jar a reader out of the narrative. Given the right material, Mr. Daymond would make an excellent narrator. Unfortunately, Amped is not the right book to showcase his skills.

Amped is ultimately forgettable. The story itself might be fast-paced and intense while in the moment but loses its efficacy as time passes. Owen is sufficiently one-dimensional to keep readers at a distance, and the ethical dilemmas posed by the technology and legal quandaries never really become the heart of the story as intended. The story is too remote for readers to become vested in the outcome or to give more than a passing thought to the various lessons to learn from Owen’s situation. As an opportunity for opening up a discussion about technology and future potential uses, Amped is a failure. However, as a futuristic action novel that blurs into every other futuristic action novel, it satisfies that primal need for blood and fighting and good over evil. Just don’t expect to learn anything from it.
  jmchshannon | Jun 13, 2014 |
Not as good as Robopocalypse, but not bad. Amps are amplified humans. Storyline was good, if somewhat predictable. It will be memorable as my first cover-to-cover e-book (w/ Kindle) ( )
  gkyoungen | Mar 24, 2014 |
Quick, good read. Not deep, but worth thinking about. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 21, 2014 |
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We can change ourselves.
Think of the possibilities.

- Carl Sagan
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For Genieve Wilson
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I'm standing on the steep slate roof of Allderdice High School,  gripping a rain-spattered wrought iron decoration in one hand and holding up my other hand, palm out.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385535155, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:45 -0400)

In a near-future world where technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws, twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.

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