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In a near-future where the Neural-Autofocus and other neural implants made formerly mentally challenged individuals into equals or superiors to those with normal brain functionality, Owen is a high school teacher whose surgeon father helped develop the implants to control his epilepsy. When the United States Supreme Court rules that implanted individuals are no longer a pr ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Doubleday
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Shane
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Bradley
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-shelf, sci-fi
Oddly enough, I had this really weird impression that it was a YA novel from start to finish even though I know, objectively, that the MC is a school teacher. It's just the feel of it.

That being said, it wasn't bad. In fact, it kinda had the whole Little Brother vibe to it, at least when it came to the fear-mongering and the whole oppressive society bits mixed with high-tech to fight it.

The augmented humans, the Amped, the transhumans, are smarter, faster, more naturally capable, and they're als
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Kaylabee
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Steve Lowe
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Brenda Fryland
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Horror Bookworm Reviews
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jim
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1audio, 2fiction, scifi
The idea had so much potential, but it was never realized in a melodramatic mess with a dumb ass main character, ludicrous romantic thread, & a plot straight from a bad comic book.

Humans get 'amped', implants that turn a few from morons to fairly intelligent (occasionally genius), stop epilepsy, & such. Most don't do much except allow them to function normally.

A politician is pulling McCarthy Era tactics on them using religion, fear of them taking jobs, & being other than human as a reason to ta
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Lolly's Library
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Jared
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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Christine
Sep 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Lisa Eskra
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 h
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Matthew
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nicky
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.
Bob
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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James Alexander
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Kyle
Jun 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi
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
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Aristotle
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Pure Pride! White Pride! What's the difference?

First they came for the mexicans, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a mexican.
Then they came for the muslims, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a muslim.
Then they came for the amped, and I did not speak out
Because I was not an amp.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.
A good read. Very relevant in Trumps U.S.A
Jane
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Marguerite
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
Quite a fan of Daniel H Wilson books since I first read The Clockwork Dynasty. His examination of what makes a human a human is always so interesting. This book doesn't disappoint.
The story is well thought out and progresses quickly. The issues include prejudices, political corruption and mob mentality which are sadly very believable as we look at current issues we face in 2020.
Character development is done via actions and reactions. The story is told from a single POV so there is little chara
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Rachel
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kristina
It’s still too early to call Amped by Daniel Wilson the stupidest, most badly written book I’ll read this year, but it’s the worse so far. It’s absolutely retarded. The plot is unrealistic and dumb, the writing is godawful, the characters are paper thin and entirely forgettable, the dialogue painful, the romance reeks of YA dipshittyness, and there are so many idiotic and drawn-out violent fight scenes that I wonder if Daniel Wilson is perhaps thirteen. The utter crappiness of this book amazes m ...more
Kaitlin Smith
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and thoughtful. Brought up a lot of ethical issues that have parallels in today's America.
Dean C. Moore
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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 los
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Mal Warwick
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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Matthew
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
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
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William Hertling
Review of Amped by Daniel H. Wilson.

I don’t like to give away spoilers, and I’m not very good at traditional book reviews, so I’ll just give you the highlights about what I liked about Amped:

While the characters in the novel have a wide range of implants, it’s an intriguing thought that even relatively simple intercessions in how our brain works can have big effects: “an exquisitely timed series of electrical stimulations, gently pushing her mind toward the Beta One wave state...massively amplif
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Christian West
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Owen, a teacher with a neural implant to fix his epilepsy, is caught up in a conflict when ordinary citizens turn against anyone with implants.

The story was fascinating, but character development was virtually non existent. I had to look up the main character's name to write this review, that's how much I cared about him. He was basically a non entity who had stuff happen to him and he ends up saving the world by accident, sort of. Also, it mentions that he is a school teacher but the entire plo
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Joe Jones
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was full of scary possibilities, of technology that is plausible and beliefs and actions that are recognizable. This book is Robopocalypse on drugs. The author has definitely taken his experience with that book and amped it up a notch.

Even though it was easy, and sad, to see how quickly people turn to hate and discrimination, there was a deeper message the people are inherently good. People rallied together and looked after one another. There seemed to be a message that while there wil
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Jeff
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Dr. Wilson has delivered again! Listen, I know some people are saying "oh it's just common fare for the genre, nothing different nothing new etc etc." but come on, not everyone is a Herbert or HG Wells. Regardless of all the naysayers out there, I think Wilson put together a quick action packed book that I couldn't put down. Was it predictable? Yes. Was it void of deep ethical and philosophical questions some readers demand in every novel they read? Yes. Most importantly did it thoroughly engulf ...more
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A Cherokee citizen, Daniel H. Wilson grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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