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Amped by Daniel H. Wilson
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I enjoyed this well enough, but it was nothing to write home about. It's a typical hero's journey, nothing new or revolutionary in here. It would probably do well as a B-action movie.

I suppose the central conflict is somewhat interesting (if medical technology can turn regular people into geniuses, how do the "normal" people compete?), but it never really drew me in.

Also, I never really bought why the different "levels" of the Zenith were so dangerous. Never seemed to be a problem to come out of them, and those scenes weren't written all that well. I think a movie could get this story across much better than the author did.

ETA: I started this because I had to put down "Feed," which was almost infuriating in its inanity and the shallowness of the characters. I would've liked to see more vivid imagery in Amped, but overall I appreciated the intelligent discussion of the ethics of technology, as well as the maturity of the characters.
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