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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385535155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385535151
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR DANIEL H. WILSON’S AMPED:

“A fast-paced narrative, not too far away at all from everyday experience, that treats an unsettling question: How long will tolerance last once you can buy a better brain? Mr. Wilson recognizes that, in the modern world, the battlegrounds would be legal and political, not just physical.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Wilson’s latest novel is AMPED, a post-apocalyptic high-tech apocalypse set in the same mold as his spectacular debut, Robopocalypse.  Wilson is a roboticist by trade and he combines his background in space and engineering with a knack for fast-paced narrative.  Wilson has done a very good job with AMPED.  [He] taps into something primal with AMPED, some of the deep questions about medical ethics, the social effects of technology, and the way that class and politics make technological questions much harder to resolve.”
Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

“With AMPED, Wilson has taken another step to claiming the late Michael Crichton’s crown as the public’s sci-fi thriller writer of choice.  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.  AMPED might have a commendable message about tolerance and civil rights, but Wilson doesn’t let the message get in the way of our fun.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Fast-paced…fascinating…for hardcore sci-fi readers, AMPED offers plenty of juicy details to savor.  As he showed in his bestselling thriller Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson can write.  The Carnegie Mellon-trained roboticist has a voice and style very much like Stephen King.  But unlike King, Wilson also has the chops to base the weird beings in his stories on hard science. “
Wired’s Geek Dad

“Entertaining…propulsive… AMPED [is] a gripping story of a community of Amps trying to make it in the middle of a prejudiced Oklahoma, where regular humans strike back at anyone with a telltale port on their temple.  A piece of trenchant political science fiction about how we mistreat those who are different. “
The Onion A.V. Club

“Thrilling…First he gave us helpful advice for the robot uprising, then he wrote the robot war novel Robopocalypse.  Now Daniel H. Wilson is turning his attention to the plight of cyborgs and posthumans with his dystopian new novel AMPED.”
I09.com

“Wilson’s newest novel, AMPED, shares with its predecessor [Robopocalypse] a solid basis in current scientific technology – in this case, neural implants that treat a variety of conditions.  AMPED imagines a not-too-distant world, when these ‘superabled’ people – made stronger, smarter, faster by the devices in their heads – are perceived as a threat to unaltered or ‘pure’ humans. “
Tulsa World

“A fast-paced, futuristic thriller that’ll make you think, especially about the dangers of us-versus-them demagoguery.”
Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star
 
"This is a terrific book on any number of levels, doing what sf has always been able to do best: showing us a possible future so that we can not only attempt to avoid it, but we can also look at its echoes as they already exist in our own time."
Fantasy & Science Fiction

“Wilson keeps the action and fear-based prejudice ever-present without sacrificing depth.  The story’s heart is the moral quandary Owen faces once he knows his implant only responds to his deepest thoughts, keeping the reader wondering how far he will go and how much he is willing to sacrifice.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Provocative…A thoughtful, well-written novel which deals with the often tense interplay between machines and humans.  Wilson, whose prose is always a step above the norm, is at his strongest creating amp augmented action sequences and in conjuring situations which explore the boundaries between humankind and its technological creations.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“Absorbing…Wilson is no stranger to exploring the intersection of technology and humankind.  In AMPED, certain individuals have technology embedded under their skin.  These humans are smarter and faster than norms – and because most of the federally funded upgrades went to the needy, the formerly dumb and afflicted ‘amps’ are scaring the ‘pure’ humans.  The not-so-distant future is a hotbed of class war and civil unrest.”
Portland Mercury

About the Author

DANIEL H. WILSON is the author of the New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse and the nonfiction titles How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack?, How to Build a Robot Army, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, and Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown.

More About the Author

Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. After earning a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he has authored seven books.

You can visit his website at www.danielhwilson.com

Customer Reviews

I didn't care much for the characters.
John Lemut
I'm not going to recap the story, but will just the book is fast paced, well written and fun.
bionichands
A little too far fetched of a plot, slow to get started and rushed to finish.
Joonbug

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50 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Love VINE VOICE on April 29, 2012
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It's a quick read, but it won't be long until you realize it's a story you've heard before...it's sort of like eating a rice cake. No real substance. It struck me as the sort of novel written for the sole purpose of being turned into a movie. Though unlike Robopocalypse, there's nothing remotely fresh about the premise of Amped. In fact, it's like reading a book about superheroes where you don't care about any of the superheroes.

Owen thought he was an ordinary guy who had an implant to control his epilepsy. After Owen's father's research is seized by the FBI, he learns he's not just an amp, he's a ~special snowflake~ super amp. He goes on the run, and thus begins his journey. The plot is fairly predictable and so is the premise. You've seen it in X-Men and every other movie/novel that pits superhumans against normals.

As far as the writing style is concerned, I didn't care for Owen Gray's voice. It's an awkward blend of narration and description, blended in a way that doesn't quite work. Descriptive in the way an author would think so it never jives with Owen's voice. As it's told in first-person point of view, it should've invested me more in his character. Instead, the novel relies heavily on the plot so character development is almost nonexistent, one of Wilson's major shortcomings.

Given the lack of character development, it should come as no surprise that the romance feels contrived. And it makes no sense that Owen somehow is better at combat than guys who were in the special forces. Oh wait, it does -- he's the self-insert Marty Stu protagonist. That would explain why we only ever learn a few things about him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Quist-McVicker on March 25, 2013
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I believe that the subject of this book would inspire many levels of discussion within a classroom. There are deep questions here. From civil rights in the time of national unrest to the ethics of medical "marvels". So many slippery slopes and the technology is seductive. Is it fair for people who are medically enhanced through prosthetics or drugs to be judged in the same arena as those who aren't ? It was an excellent read one I would highly recommend.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Greenbaum VINE VOICE on June 2, 2012
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It is pretty sad when, upon comparing "Amped" to "Robopocalypse," that the latter comes off as way more realistic. "Amped" is heavy-handed and preachy in a way that makes the book very difficult to read. This is too bad, because there's a really great theme to explore, the battle between 'superior' humans and the rest of us. The "X-Men" managed to do this well, but unfortunately, author Daniel Wilson fails here.

For me, the main flaw in the book was an unrealistic and simply fantastic (as in "fantasy-like" not "awesome") political and social background (or "world-building" if you prefer.) I am perfectly willing to grant authors, especially of science fiction, some liberty to stretch out current trends and imagine new ones, but some of the political events Wilson uses as the building-blocks for the novel don't meet the smell test, and furthermore, he manages to exaggerate them in ways that make no sense.

To take one example, the book starts with a Supreme Court ruling that Brown vs Board of Education doesn't apply to "amped" humans. As unlikely as such a ruling might be, anyone who has taken a college intro poli-sci class might extrapolate that this means that "amps" can be segregated into separate schools. But that's apparently not dramatic enough for the story, so the author, without really any explanation, just kind of randomly decides this means that "amps" somehow have their US citizenship simply stripped away, and also for good measure do not even have basic human rights (off to the camps!) He also invents cartoonish anti-amp political groups which operate with a lack of subtlety that even a 1920s Klansman would find embarrassing, and the book's concluding message of tolerance is delivered with the pedagogical force of an after-school special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Alexander on June 30, 2014
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I borrowed this book as an e-book from my local library. I got busy and forgot that I had it. Then I got an email from my library telling me that the book was due back in three days. I thought I wouldn't have time to read it but I decided to take a peek, just in case I might want to borrow it again. I couldn't put it down! I finished it in a day. It's a page turner. No great revelations, just good old sci-fi fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobb Cobb on June 7, 2014
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Quick read that keeps your attention. A little predictable towards the end, but entertaining nonetheless. Would have liked a little more Vaughn because he's so crazy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob on May 28, 2014
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The old fears the new, and the new fears the old. What makes a story like this so incredible is its likelihood of actually happening. In some ways we're already there. Though not strictly technological in nature, an amputee is now able to run faster than nearly every other human through the use of blade prosthetics. Wilson takes this idea to its logical conclusion with terrifying results. Very similar things have happened throughout history (in regards to anything different), and it didn't work out so well for those of a different color, religion, etc. I'd like to say we've changed, but that would be naive to the extreme. We are all sinners and need a Savior.
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