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Daniel H. Wilson , Robbie Daymond

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5. Juni 2012
Technology makes them superhuman. But mere mortals want them kept in their place. The New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse creates a stunning, near-future world where technology and humanity clash in surprising ways. The result? The perfect summer blockbuster.

As he did in Robopocalypse, Daniel Wilson masterfully envisions a frightening near-future world. In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities—and rights—of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world—or destroy it.

Once again, Daniel H. Wilson's background as a scientist serves him well in this technologically savvy thriller that delivers first-rate entertainment, as Wilson takes the "what if" question in entirely unexpected directions. Fans of Robopocalypse are sure to be delighted, and legions of new fans will want to get "amped" this summer.


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“A fast-paced narrative, not too far away at all from everyday experience, that treats an unsettling question: How long will tolerance last once you can buy a better brain? Mr. Wilson recognizes that, in the modern world, the battlegrounds would be legal and political, not just physical.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Wilson’s latest novel is AMPED, a post-apocalyptic high-tech apocalypse set in the same mold as his spectacular debut, Robopocalypse.  Wilson is a roboticist by trade and he combines his background in space and engineering with a knack for fast-paced narrative.  Wilson has done a very good job with AMPED.  [He] taps into something primal with AMPED, some of the deep questions about medical ethics, the social effects of technology, and the way that class and politics make technological questions much harder to resolve.”
Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

“With AMPED, Wilson has taken another step to claiming the late Michael Crichton’s crown as the public’s sci-fi thriller writer of choice.  Wilson hits all the notes in the right order and the book’s pace is relentless.  And perhaps best of all, he leavens his cautionary message with good-sized dollops of fistfights and gunfire.  AMPED might have a commendable message about tolerance and civil rights, but Wilson doesn’t let the message get in the way of our fun.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Fast-paced…fascinating…for hardcore sci-fi readers, AMPED offers plenty of juicy details to savor.  As he showed in his bestselling thriller Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson can write.  The Carnegie Mellon-trained roboticist has a voice and style very much like Stephen King.  But unlike King, Wilson also has the chops to base the weird beings in his stories on hard science. “
Wired’s Geek Dad

“Entertaining…propulsive… AMPED [is] a gripping story of a community of Amps trying to make it in the middle of a prejudiced Oklahoma, where regular humans strike back at anyone with a telltale port on their temple.  A piece of trenchant political science fiction about how we mistreat those who are different. “
The Onion A.V. Club

“Thrilling…First he gave us helpful advice for the robot uprising, then he wrote the robot war novel Robopocalypse.  Now Daniel H. Wilson is turning his attention to the plight of cyborgs and posthumans with his dystopian new novel AMPED.”

“Wilson’s newest novel, AMPED, shares with its predecessor [Robopocalypse] a solid basis in current scientific technology – in this case, neural implants that treat a variety of conditions.  AMPED imagines a not-too-distant world, when these ‘superabled’ people – made stronger, smarter, faster by the devices in their heads – are perceived as a threat to unaltered or ‘pure’ humans. “
Tulsa World

“A fast-paced, futuristic thriller that’ll make you think, especially about the dangers of us-versus-them demagoguery.”
Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star
"This is a terrific book on any number of levels, doing what sf has always been able to do best: showing us a possible future so that we can not only attempt to avoid it, but we can also look at its echoes as they already exist in our own time."
Fantasy & Science Fiction

“Wilson keeps the action and fear-based prejudice ever-present without sacrificing depth.  The story’s heart is the moral quandary Owen faces once he knows his implant only responds to his deepest thoughts, keeping the reader wondering how far he will go and how much he is willing to sacrifice.”
Publishers Weekly
“Provocative…A thoughtful, well-written novel which deals with the often tense interplay between machines and humans.  Wilson, whose prose is always a step above the norm, is at his strongest creating amp augmented action sequences and in conjuring situations which explore the boundaries between humankind and its technological creations.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Absorbing…Wilson is no stranger to exploring the intersection of technology and humankind.  In AMPED, certain individuals have technology embedded under their skin.  These humans are smarter and faster than norms – and because most of the federally funded upgrades went to the needy, the formerly dumb and afflicted ‘amps’ are scaring the ‘pure’ humans.  The not-so-distant future is a hotbed of class war and civil unrest.”
Portland Mercury

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DANIEL H. WILSON is the author of the New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse and the nonfiction titles How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack?, How to Build a Robot Army, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, and Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen No real substance 29. April 2012
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It's a quick read, but it won't be long until you realize it's a story you've heard'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 his epilepsy. After Owen's father's research is seized by the FBI, he learns he's not just an amp, he's a ~special snowflake~ super amp. He goes on the run, and thus begins his journey. The plot is fairly predictable and so is the premise. You've seen it in X-Men and every other movie/novel that pits superhumans against normals.

As far as the writing style is concerned, I didn't care for Owen Gray's voice. It's an awkward blend of narration and description, blended in a way that doesn't quite work. Descriptive in the way an author would think so it never jives with Owen's voice. As it's told in first-person point of view, it should've invested me more in his character. Instead, the novel relies heavily on the plot so character development is almost nonexistent, one of Wilson's major shortcomings.

Given the lack of character development, it should come as no surprise that the romance feels contrived. And it makes no sense that Owen somehow is better at combat than guys who were in the special forces. Oh wait, it does -- he's the self-insert Marty Stu protagonist. That would explain why we only ever learn a few things about him.

Chapters aren't framed in the script-like manner Wilson used in Robopocalypse; in Amped, he incorporates news articles for more or less the same effect. Again, it proves to be a crutch for his weak world-building skills. Many are unnecessary, as the information is provided during the story. So they feel like awkward interruptions.

Another failing of the novel is that it doesn't paint a compelling enough argument for the amps. They act like normal humans don't have a right to be upset about smarter/stronger amps replacing them. So from the reader's perspective, it puts them at a disadvantage as far as garnering any sympathy goes. Wilson never overcomes that hurdle so in turn I never found myself rooting for the amps. Especially since many of them aren't nice guys.

There's only one major action scene in the first two parts. It's well written, Wilson really nails the action sequences. But there really needed to be more going for it early on. Some of the chapters are started too far into the scene. The first chapter is guilty of this. Instead of having an investment in what's happening via a good tension build-up, the reader spends more time trying to figure out what's happening and why is it happening.

Part three sets a great pace, and the sprint to the conclusion is fast and gripping. None of the "revelations" are surprising, but for the most part, the climax is satisfying. A little quick and too easy, perhaps, but it's the best part of the book.

Unfortunately, it was too little too late for me. For the most part, the story itself is uninspiring and unoriginal; I didn't think Wilson breathed enough life into it to make it a good novel. While Wilson isn't a bad author by any means, I hardly found Amped to be the "techno-thrill ride" it's advertised to be.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Must read for class discussion with teens. 25. März 2013
Von Christine Quist-McVicker - Veröffentlicht auf
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I believe that the subject of this book would inspire many levels of discussion within a classroom. There are deep questions here. From civil rights in the time of national unrest to the ethics of medical "marvels". So many slippery slopes and the technology is seductive. Is it fair for people who are medically enhanced through prosthetics or drugs to be judged in the same arena as those who aren't ? It was an excellent read one I would highly recommend.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Unrealistic world-building and cardboard characters 2. Juni 2012
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It is pretty sad when, upon comparing "Amped" to "Robopocalypse," that the latter comes off as way more realistic. "Amped" is heavy-handed and preachy in a way that makes the book very difficult to read. This is too bad, because there's a really great theme to explore, the battle between 'superior' humans and the rest of us. The "X-Men" managed to do this well, but unfortunately, author Daniel Wilson fails here.

For me, the main flaw in the book was an unrealistic and simply fantastic (as in "fantasy-like" not "awesome") political and social background (or "world-building" if you prefer.) I am perfectly willing to grant authors, especially of science fiction, some liberty to stretch out current trends and imagine new ones, but some of the political events Wilson uses as the building-blocks for the novel don't meet the smell test, and furthermore, he manages to exaggerate them in ways that make no sense.

To take one example, the book starts with a Supreme Court ruling that Brown vs Board of Education doesn't apply to "amped" humans. As unlikely as such a ruling might be, anyone who has taken a college intro poli-sci class might extrapolate that this means that "amps" can be segregated into separate schools. But that's apparently not dramatic enough for the story, so the author, without really any explanation, just kind of randomly decides this means that "amps" somehow have their US citizenship simply stripped away, and also for good measure do not even have basic human rights (off to the camps!) He also invents cartoonish anti-amp political groups which operate with a lack of subtlety that even a 1920s Klansman would find embarrassing, and the book's concluding message of tolerance is delivered with the pedagogical force of an after-school special.

If somehow you are able to swallow the ridiculous political situation (perhaps with a "hey, a wizard did it!" attitude) and try to enjoy the story, you will probably get a bit of decent entertainment. The actions scenes are well done - in fact, they are very well done - this is Wilson's comfort zone, as anyone who read "Robopocalyse" can attest. Wilson's thoughts about how the "amp" neural interfaces works and how it might feel to have one active in your body, enhancing your senses, is entertaining, albeit scientifically implausible (the amp implants are supposed to enhance your existing senses and human potential, but he has them giving people the ability to dodge bullets a la Neo in the Matrix).

Wilson also does a poor job of developing the characters in "Amped." This is puzzling, because he showed, in "Robopocalypse" that he is capable of some subtle and engaging - and human - character development (and this in a novel about a robot uprising!) Here, when actually getting to know the individual humans and amps is key to the story, we get many one-dimensional cardboard characters ("the hero" "the villain" "the turncoat" "the great kid" and so forth)

I just can't recommend this book. If you haven't read "Robopocalypse" go read it instead. It was funny, smart, scary, and touching, told with the immediacy of an oral history of a terrible war just concluded. "Amped" just doesn't measure up, and I hope it is just a brief "sophomore slump" because I know Wilson has some great writing chops, they just are not on display in "Amped."
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Page turner 30. Juni 2014
Von Alan Alexander - Veröffentlicht auf
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I borrowed this book as an e-book from my local library. I got busy and forgot that I had it. Then I got an email from my library telling me that the book was due back in three days. I thought I wouldn't have time to read it but I decided to take a peek, just in case I might want to borrow it again. I couldn't put it down! I finished it in a day. It's a page turner. No great revelations, just good old sci-fi fun!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen good summer read 7. Juni 2014
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Quick read that keeps your attention. A little predictable towards the end, but entertaining nonetheless. Would have liked a little more Vaughn because he's so crazy.
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