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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  5,741 ratings  ·  924 reviews
It’s the near future, and scientists have developed implants that treat brain dysfunction—and also make recipients capable of superhuman feats. Exploiting societal fears of the newly enhanced, politicians pass a set of laws to restrict the rights of “amplified” humans, instantly creating a new persecuted underclass known as “amps.” On the day that the Supreme Court passes ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Amped is the latest offering from Portland, Oregon's best selling author Daniel H. Wilson. DHW is most known for his previous works "How to Survive a Robot Uprising" and "Robopacalypse". Neither of which this reviewer has read.

Meet Owen Gray; schoolteacher, former epileptic, son of an implant doctor, implantee. In short, he's an amp. A growing class of citizens who for one reason or another has had a medical implant surgically placed into their brains. Amps are conveniently...errr...easily iden
Okay. This review will be a little bit...Biased, i suppose is the word.
This is because i believe that Mr. Wilson wrote Amped with teenage boys/men as his target audience.
And i'm a girl.
Not even, like, a nerdy/cool girl.
I mean, i like dresses and make up and ponies.

But here are my thoughts on the book:

Mr. Wilson had a very firm grasp on what he wanted this book to be about. The plotline was very thought-out, and it had those threads that connect to each other later on in the story that make ou go
Brenda Fryland
Thrilled to have an Amped ARC. Started it this morning, wrote lesson plans all afternoon, and finished off friday night by devouring the rest of the book!

SciFi/Dystopia fans will enjoy this book -- I sure did! I'm feeling a little Orson Scott Card, Empire, similarity. Hints of Terminator and Matrix. The Senator MUST have been modeled after Rick Santorum...

So far, the story and writing is simpler than in Robopocalypse, but beautiful in its simplicity. The character doesn't seem quite fully develo
Amped by Daniel H Wilson

A Neural Autofocus MK-4 Brain Implant has been placed into a portion of the populations temple. These implants help control some medical deficiencies and disabilities such as seizures and learning impairments. Along with the success comes experimentation. One happens to be a military chip instilled into a dozen humans which increases strength, intelligence, and agility. A movement begins when "normal" humans no longer feel comfortable living among the altered which are no
Steve Lowe
I dug the tech but didn't give a shit about the main character, or really any of the characters at all. Wilson tries hard to show us how frightening technology without humanity behind it can be, but he forgot to give us compelling humans. Maybe he just prefers writing about robots.
Lolly's Library
I'm having a hard time writing a review for Amped. On the one hand, it's an engrossing look at the human condition. What makes us human? What happens when that definition changes? Will humans ever evolve past their fear of that which is different? While the book may not provide answers to those questions, it does provide a glimpse into a near future when those questions come into play in the most visceral and dramatic of fashions.

The story revolves around an issue which is coming into play even
Daniel Wilson has a background in robotics, and that is blatantly clear from the book. His descriptions of technology (particularly of the "amp") are very plausible--so Wilson deserves credit as a futurist. I also give him credit for imagining what impact technology can have on society (fear, alienation, social disparity, etc.). But he is not a good author--and that becomes painfully obvious as you slog your way through the book.

My criticisms:

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I'm always up for a good science fiction ethical quagmire, and I enjoyed Robopocalypse, so Amped seemed like a decent bet. It wasn't until I was 80-some pages in that I recognized something amiss:

Apparently the world of Amped has next to zero women.

I don't usually spend my time calculating the demographic composition of characters in a novel, but Amped was so egregiously male it was impossible not to notice. Because I expect to be accused of exaggerating, I went back through the book page by pa
As a fan of Wilson's work (Roboapocalypse and Robogenesis) I was looking forward to reading this book, and boy was I not disappointed. Portraying a world I feel we aren't too far away from, Wilson weaves a fascinating tale of implanted super humans and the consequences this brings. Amped (RRP $19.99 from Simon and Schuster Australia) opens a few years after people have started receiving implants for both medical reasons and pure enhancement. Owen Gray has received an implant in his brain from hi ...more
Lisa Eskra
It's a quick read, but it won't be long until you realize it's a story you've heard'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 h
Bob Milne
Although I've had a copy of Robopocalypse on my shelf since it was released last year, it never quite made it to the top of my TBR pile. That is an issue I plan to rectify soon, based on the fact that Amped turned out to be one of my favourite reads of 2012.

This is a book that works on two levels - it's both a thoroughly enjoyable adventure and a deeply thoughtful look at class warfare and social prejudice. Wilson has previously been compared favourably to Michael Crichton, and based on this, I
James Alexander
Worth the read.

The story is pretty paint by numbers. This book suffers from the same problems that robopocalypse did. Intimate scenes are traded for larger set pieces and we rush through them to get to the information needed for the next scene. Characters interact a bit unnaturally and nothing is really rooted properly. None of the setups necessarily pay off, they just disappear.

That being said, it is worth the read. The scenes are fun though emotionally empty. It plays like a summer movie wait
Combines the worst aspects of the novelization of a video game and someone trying to bait a movie deal.

Meaningless 'levels' of technology, lousy characters, a transparent 'betrayal' as final crisis. It's kind of amazing this is getting the buzz and sales that it is. Hell, that it got published.

Two great things going for it:

1- It's short. No more than three hours reading.

2- Seriously, one good thing: Wilson intersperses legal language with chapters that move the plot forward but also reflect the
Amped is... okay. A quick read. A bit obvious. Well, more than a bit.

I love the idea of the technology, and it is gripping enough to keep you reading right to the end if you don't question it too much, but the characters are all pretty much non-entities and there is precisely one female character present throughout the book, and she's just the obligatory love interest.

I read it really, really fast because there isn't really much there. A bit disappointing.
Wow. Amped by Daniel H. Wilson is a great and thought-provoking book. It hits the ground running and hardly pauses for breath.

The book opens with a twenty-nine-year-old math teacher perched on the roof of his high school, pleading with one of his students not to jump. It’s some time not too far in the future. Medical implants called amps are in use throughout the world. At first, they were used to control epileptic seizures and artificial limbs. Then a government program brought them to children
Dean C. Moore
Three and a Half star Sci-Fi

This is a dark, and entirely convincing post-apocalyptic sci-fi piece, which is probably why I didn’t like it as much as Robopocalypse. Call me goofy, but I insist even my End Times dramas come with some cheeky humor and unforgettable one liners, if only to break the monotony of the otherwise dark and dreary world being portrayed with relentless, grim determination. Something the author gave us in spades in Robopocalypse but fails to do here. Maybe he thought by losi
Mal Warwick
Want to Buy a Better Brain? Better Think Twice!

Some of the very best science fiction explores the unintended consequences of breakthroughs in technology, and not those that are merely fanciful but advances that can be seen years ahead by observers of contemporary science. Amped is such a book.

Amped ventures into the near future — sometime around 2030, it seems — to depict American society in upheaval over the brain implants installed in half a million of its least fortunate citizens. The implant
Joe Jones
Owen Gray is one of thousands of people who are amps, which is a person with a neural implant. For Owen the implant is to control seizures he suffered as a result of an accident he had as a child. Others get the implants to boost intelligence, control ADHD, and overcome autism just to name a few uses. As the number of amps increase, the backlash starts to grow by pure humans who feel they are at a disadvantage. When the Supreme Court rules that amps are not a protected class of people, Owen’s wo ...more
Don't take my 4 star rating of this book deter you from reading it. I had a really hard time deciding whether or not to give it a 5 star rating. Ultimately, I did decide to give it 4 stars but for personal reasons, and what I think a book should offer.

And now onto the review!

I loved this book! After receiving the ARC for Robopocalypse and devouring it, I was absolutely thrilled to get the ARC of Amped! In fact, I started it only 3 hours ago! I blew through this novel like a true "amp". It's a s
The idea of modified humans clashing with non-modified humans is a little overplayed in some recent sci-fi bits, but this one takes it so much further than all of them. The characters in this novel all have very real, fleshed out and flawed personalities, and make their own advancements through the story. The language of the book is very organic and natural in itself, and makes the book easy to follow and more real. The pieces of 3rd-Party information from real News Sources in the book brings a ...more
I started this book thinking the concept, of an impending war between technologically-enhanced humans and those that are not, was a 4 star concept. So many issues about choice and how humans interact with those different from them could be explored. Some of these ideas are explored but then abandoned for your basic war thriller and a kinda hokey (and too optimistic) ending for me. For these reasons and plot that gets less engaging even as the action picks up, I give this book only 3 stars. It co ...more
I really couldn't get into it. I had to force myself to finish.

I'm not sure what the problem was. It may be that the character I liked the most didn't last beyond the first few pages.

The protagonist wasn't particularly interesting and I didn't care about his problems.

It might have been more interesting if it had been a nuanced view but everything was pretty black and white.
Tedious. For a book about improved human intelligence, there is very little that's smart about this book, the main characters, and the plot. There is no irony about the US embracing natural stupidity over assisted intelligence, but for a book where we have to listen to the thoughts of the amped narrator, there isn't any sign of his intellectual prowess. Also, the relationships are awkward and I developed no empathy for the protagonist - I think one of my early comments to my listening companions ...more
You've heard of turd sandwiches? Well here ya go.
1) I'm really surprised I even bothered to read this book.
2) I'm more surprised that I enjoyed it.

I listen to a few science podcasts but my favorite is Science...sort of. When I was listening to the backlog (episode 166), I heard an interview with Daniel H. Wilson while I was commuting to work. He was discussing his science fiction book, Amped, and it sounded interesting but honestly, I don't really read science fiction so I wasn't inclined to read the book.

But the more they talked, the more I t
Interesting premise. I'm not sure people would adopt brain implants at the rate he projects in the novel. I liked the main character, and Jim, and the trailer park crowd. Interesting people.

The prejudice against the "amps" isn't quite realistic. It might've been 50 years ago. People will disagree with me, but we're not on the precipice of pogroms at any time. I think it would take more than a few brain implants, and it's not like they were taking over the world.


It's also unrealistic t
Interesting premise, lackluster execution.

A near-future where humans with surgically implanted "amps" that make them smarter, stronger, and more aware face societal discrimination from the "pure humans" who fear what these enhanced humans can do.

The book has a decent hook with an excerpt from a fake Supreme Court opinion that limits the rights of such "artificially augmented individuals" under the 14th amendment. But instead of taking a more measured and thoughtful approach to how a pluralistic
I went to the library to pickup Wilson's first novel, Robopocalypse. That book wasn't available, but Amped was on the new book shelf so I decided to give it a try.

Amped was a fast paced easy read. The action was fun and the ideas surrounding the effect of the implants on society provided plenty of thought provoking ideas. OTOH, the characters were very weak. There was virtually no back-story on any of the characters. Who were they? Why should I care about them? Why did they make the choices the
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted here.

Amped is my first experience with Daniel H. Wilson, but it certainly will not be my last. Though I did not love Amped, there was enough awesome stuff in there to make reading his other novel Robopocalypse a definite. His science fiction plotlines (based on these two) are so awesome. I just adore science fiction, and I don't read enough of it.

In the world of Amped, science has developed the Neural Autofocus. When implanted, the Neural Autofocus can do many things. The prima
In near future America, approximately half a million adults and children are amped. One short procedure, one little machine in your head, and you're practically a whole new person. The amps can cure bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, alcoholism, epilepsy. And they aren't just medical. Some of the amps make you faster, smarter. And the regular humans aren't happy about being outclassed. A faction known as Pure Pride, led by Senator Joseph Vaughn, pushes through legislation and legal decisions degradin ...more
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Daniel H. Wilson grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.
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