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Amped

A Novel

Wilson, Daniel H.

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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In a near-future world where technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws, twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385535155
9780385535151
Branch Call Number: SF WILSON 2012
Characteristics: 273 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm

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In a near-future world where technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws, twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.

In a near-future world where technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws, twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.

Near future science fiction about what it means to be human.


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Dec 16, 2014
  • KindianaJones rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Better than Robopocalypse. I think having less narrative strands to work with served Wilson's writing style much better. As always, I can't wait to see it on film -- his books are so easy to imagine on screen. Fast-paced -- great summer read.

Feb 02, 2014
  • rschnittker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

In my mind, (no pun intended), by page 19 Daniel pretty much nailed how the future could unfold regarding people's reaction to the blending of humans and technology.

Ray Kurzweil's book, "The Age Of spiritual machines", written way back in 1999 discusses advances of artificial intelligence and constitutional protection of people who leverage technology in their bodies. When is a person still considered human if a the majority of their body is non-human technology?

Both books are a great read.

Jan 02, 2014
  • Sevly rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The premise is very intruiging, and the first chapter is gripping, but the book stalls shortly after and doesn't quite live up to that premise. An okay read.

Oct 11, 2012
  • TheSponge rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very entertaining!

Sep 26, 2012
  • shanauer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This dude has a strange, but interesting mind. Would love to have a drink with him and pick his brain. Liked this one a lot, but read Robocalypse if you haven't yet...

Sep 09, 2012
  • AitchmarkB52 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wildon keeps you glued to the pages; it is only afterwards the brain starts working and you begin to see plot weaknesses and holes.

Liken this, though, and Robopocalypse. I'll keep reading his stuff.

Aug 15, 2012
  • Nords rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I thought the idea behind the book was well thought through and quite interesting (discrimination of humans who had augmented their bodies with computers leads basically to war) but didn't really grab me in practice. The book is pretty short, so the author ramps up petty discrimination to an almost concentration camp level of hatred extremely quick and implausibly. In addition, the characters I just didn't care about. Certainly the conflict and double-crosses between the leaders of the different factions was neat trying to figure out who are 'good guys' but that doesn't make up for a pretty boring read otherwise.

Jul 30, 2012
  • lilylibrarian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fascinating premise: science has perfected technology to cure problems such as the loss of a limb, blindness, Down's syndrome and virtually all neurological or sensory diseases. The US government has implanted thousands of impaired children while many needy adults also have the surgery. But there is a side "benefit:" implanted persons, called "Amps," are able to focus completely on tasks at hand, resulting in vastly improved IQ. Before long, public resentment leads to calls for leveling the playing field at schools by expelling all amp children. High school teacher Owen Gray was implanted by his physician father following an accident that left him with epilepsy. Now, he is distraught when he cannot save his implanted student Samantha from killing herself She is distraught over by ousted from school, and foresees a dismal future for amps. Indedd, full scale persecution follows, and amps are labeled as nonpersons both legally, and culturally. War seems to be in the ofting, when Owen seeks his father and discovers there is more, much more, to his implanted abilities. This promising beginning descends into ever-bleaker settings for gruesome beatings and killings. Too much gore for this girlie reader.

Jul 06, 2012
  • Durian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fast paced, and just begging to be turned into an adventure movie. A great read. If you like this, be sure to read Robopocalypse.

Jun 24, 2012
  • bridge1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Wouldn't it be nice to get an implant to make us smarter, to minimize our strange neurological disorders, or control our artificial limbs. Yes, but that makes us different from the "norm". We would not be pure humans and we would have no protection under the law. This is a plausible story with unsettling overtones of the human rights wars of the 1960s.

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