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message 1: by Joseph (new)

Joseph  (bluemanticore) | 1866 comments Mod
The year is almost over and I'm sure many of you will be getting some great books tomorrow, so let's share, what was the best book you got and read in 2012?

IMO, the best book of 2012 is Amped by Daniel H. Wilson.
This dystopian novel made me angry, and that's a good thing. It made me angry because it was so believable. This book is about a world where a treatment/cure for conditions like epilepsy, ADHD, autism, blindness, missing limbs, etc. has been created. This treatment/cure is a computer chip that is put into the patient's brain. But this chip not only makes the patient better, it makes them BETTER. By this I mean they can now do things normal humans cannot, they are super-human, they are amplified humans, they are amped. They are smarter, faster, and stronger. And this scares the normal humans. And fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. And the normal humans, Regs, start to treat the amplified people, known as Amps, as not just sub-human but non-human. The Amps lose all their rights and privileges as citizens of the United States because they are no longer citizens, they are nothing. They are forced to leave their homes and move into internment camps to keep them contained, just like Japanese-Americans were made to do during World War II. Politics lead to more violence and violence leads to more politics. I don't want to say more for fear of ruining the rest of the story, but this is a must read dystopia, one of the best I have read. Read it to find out how things end up for the Amps. And if you like this one, check out When She Woke by Hillary Jordan and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, two other great dystopians published recently.

message 3: by Alondra (new)

Alondra Miller Every book I bought this year was a great deal. I found every last one at a Used book store, or on clearance. I have 27 on my individual challenge in another group, and they all were under $7; with some being only .50c

even better; someone got rid of all their old 1950s-60s editions of Agatha Christie books; paperback, but they were only .99c at goodwill :D you can see, i can't pick just one...

Carrion Comfort
The Maze Runner
The Entire Game of Thrones series
Ready Player One
Treasure Island
The Virgin Suicides
All the Pretty HorsesAmerican Psycho
Child 44
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
.... i could go on...

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