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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 (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,930 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

A little too far fetched of a plot, slow to get started and rushed to finish.
Joonbug
I am hoping if this was optioned for a movie interpretation that the writers can really go all out and show what this book should and could have been.
Erruk
I'm not going to recap the story, but will just the book is fast paced, well written and fun.
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49 of 66 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
Format: Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Felt on March 21, 2014
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This book was fast paced and an easy read. Hard to put down. The sci fi aspect was exceptional. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By *** on March 7, 2014
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Masterfully written. This is the millennia version of 1984. The good news is that there is hope on the horizon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 224perweek on March 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This really isn't the type of book that I normally read but I thought is was pretty good. The fight scenes reminded me of the movie "The Matrix". Sometimes it was a little hard to follow but I always got caught up.
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It's a fun read but a bit cheesy in terms of how the romance was sprinkled into it. I, however, really enjoyed exploring the potential social implications for people who have "ehnanced" themselves. I don't doubt for a minute people would resist much like Wilson discusses in this book. A scary thought for sure if or more likely, when things like this become possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris74z on January 29, 2014
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I thought it was a great read. I could see this happening in the not too distant future. I love the tech.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Mellor on December 24, 2013
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Professor Wilson has written an exciting, thought-provoking story which could make a great action movie. I like the kids the best. There could have been a bit more development of the relationship between Owen and Lucy. The technology is mostly believable. Pacing is good and the use of the "news stories" is effective shorthand.
There are two serious failings as far as I'm concerned. The first is even if the mind can think faster and process information with more dexterity, muscle and bone can't defy the laws of physics. More to the point, human metabolism is based on the Creb's citric acid cycle and has strict limits. Our hero would collapse and die with no serum glucose level trying to perform the feats described in this story. The author should have included something to account for that.
Second, and far more significant, the main characters don't really make sense. There isn't enough motivation for what they do. The plot is too pat too many times. I mean, I liked reading the story, but at the end, I was disappointed.
I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this book despite my complaints. A little more development of the kids and it might be very popular with tweens. Anyway, thanks for a pleasant couple hours.
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