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Amped (Vintage Contemporaries) [Paperback]

Daniel H. Wilson
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Book Description

5 Feb 2013 Vintage Contemporaries
What is in Owen Gray's head ...and who is trying to kill him for it?

Twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray always believed the miraculous device in his brain had been implanted for purely medical reasons, as a way of controlling the debilitating seizures he suffered in his youth. But when the Supreme Court rules that "amplified" humans like Owen are not protected by the same basic laws as pure humans, his world instantly fractures.
As society begins to unravel and a new class war is ignited by fear, Owen's father, a doctor who originally implanted the "amp", confides something that will send him on a harrowing journey - his "amp" has hidden potential to do so much more than he imagined ...and he is now in grave danger.

All roads lead to a dusty community in rural Oklahoma, where Owen must find the one man who can explain what is really in his head. There he also meets Lyle Crosby, a dangerous and unpredictable leader of the fast-growing "amp" movement, someone whose stunning physical abilities and ruthless ideas show Owen how to harness his own startling gifts - but threaten to draw him into a world from which there may be no moral return.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (5 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030774549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307745491
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,895,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. In 2008, he hosted The Works on the History Channel, exploring the inner workings of everyday stuff. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

You can visit his website at www.danielhwilson.com.

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Review

'Wilson writes well; his prose is strong with good visual flourishes. Well-paced and peppered with action, it holds the attention for a time. Amped presents a good opportunity to explore how much we re really in control of ourselves'
Guy Haley, SFX Magazine



'A fast-paced enjoyable thriller, with some well-written action sequences and some niggling questions at its heart' --SCIFI Bulletin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Daniel Wilson holds a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. His previous titles include HOW TO SURVIVE A ROBOT UPRISING, as well as five other popular science books. This is his debut novel. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! 18 July 2013
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I'd read Robopocalypse by the same author and loved it and so I thought I'd give this a try. I found it un-put-down-able! If you like your Sci-Fi 'real' - no spaceships, aliens and galaxy-spanning tales - then you'll love it too. The technology is just 'there' and not the centrepiece, as it is in real life, and the story is about people's relationship with technology.

Buy it now and read it now. If you haven't read Robopocalype, then buy that now and read it now too.

Catch you later, G.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I read this straight after Robopocalypse which I thought was brilliant.

My first impressions were fantastic. The book showed the same intelligence and depth of knowledge as Robopocalypse. It was also a very different story line as well as style of narrative. DHW is certainly not formulaic in his writing.

Secondly, the concept was mind stretching (intended pun). I was hooked straight away and couldn't wait to see where the story led. The genre of a new form of human / or human potential and societies reaction to it - similar to films like x-men and TV series like Heroes (the first 2 seasons anyway) - is an enticing and thought provoking concept. One which gets you thinking beyond the story.

Whilst I enjoyed the story and liked the style of writing, I was disappointed that the story took the direction it did. I thought there was too much concentration on the battle between the two main protagonists. I would have liked more on the genre and what it could do to other characters / society. This is where I thought the book would go at the start and I felt it turned into a well trodden genre instead.

I suppose there's potential to take the story further in an sequel, so perhaps this is just the first part of the journey?

If the Robopocalypse movie does well, I can see this being a sure follow up, as it would translate well to film.

Overall, I'd recommend the read with the caveats above.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2 May 2014
By Tzag
Format:Paperback
Its very hard for me to get into a storyline of a book, but this really gripped me. It has to be by far one of the best books I've ever read. As someone who loves science fiction, this was perfect.

I would seriously recommend this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 5 April 2014
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Good book but not as good as his other book - Robopocalypse! Hence it only getting a 4 star review from me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning view of the future 2 Oct 2013
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Beautifully written, simply couldn't put it down - a fantastic vision of the way technology could shape our lives for better and worse.
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By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
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It's the near future and 500,000 people in America are `amps' - people with brain implants to either counter medical conditions or augment existing abilities. Owen Grey's amp was fitted by his surgeon father to counter his epilepsy but America's increasingly hostile to amps thanks to Senator Joseph Vaughn and his Pure Human Citizen's Council. Vaughn's efforts to segregate amps from normal humans are succeeding as a series of Supreme Court judgements withdraw the amps' rights to education, employment and even enter into contracts.

When Owen discovers that his amp's more than a medical device, he goes to Eden, a trailer camp in Oklahoma that serves as a refuge for amps. But Owen's search for answers will lead him to a highly classified military amp programme and Lyle Crosby, a cowboy who leads a movement for amps and who can show Owen how to use the dangerous technology in his head. The more Owen becomes involved with Lyle's group though, the more he's forced to question how far he will go in the name of amp rights ...

Daniel H Wilson's SF techno thriller is an unsophisticated, predictable read built around a dull main character who exists within an inconsistent and illogical world constructed solely to serve the meandering plot. None of the side characters rise above stock constructs and the villain is a cardboard cut out who left me rolling my eyes. I've read a number of Wilson's books now and while the ideas are great, the execution tends to leave me cold and I doubt that I'll check out his next work.

My main issue with this book was the way Wilson shows the legal judgments that shape the hostile environment for amps.
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2.0 out of 5 stars rather prediactable and not as 30 Aug 2013
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Bought on the back of the superb Robopocalypse and had high hopes for this one. Sadly soon dashed into a very predictable plot with an ending that was so obvious - wont tell you as I'm not that naughty.

Some may like this - if so, good for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was longer! 30 May 2013
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A great book, I just want to read more and more! Am definatly looking at this genre of book more now
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