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3.00099304865938 out of 53.00099304865938 out of 53.00099304865938 out of 53.00099304865938 out of 53.00099304865938 out of 5 3.00 (3,021 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel H. Wilson Narrator: Robbie Daymond Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9780307941053
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/17/2014

    " In Amped, Wilson explores the line between humanity and technology. As he says in the beginning of the book his narrator, Owen Gray, says that we are our tools, and that is probably true. From sharpened rocks to pacemakers, technology makes a difference in our individual lives as well as our position on the planet. Owen Gray is an "amp", an individual with a brain implant that his father installed to cure Owen's epilepsy at a young age. Many other amps have medical purposes, but some allow people to just be smarter. Wilson begins his narrative with a judgment from the Supreme Court saying students with these implants are not protected under the 14th amendment and have no right to an education. This sets off a series of events in which "reggies", people without implants, and amps are set against each other. Reggies are being urged on by Senator Joseph Vaughn, who wants to preserve the country for "Pure" humans. Thrown into the mix are Zeniths, members of the army who were implanted with amps that basically made them supersoldiers. The whole book leads up to the question of whether amps and reggies will go to war. The book is reminiscent of Jim Crow, apartheid, and the current rise of the American Christian right. Owen's father tells him an amp doesn't make someone good or bad; a person has that inside and the amp allows him or her to leverage their internal abilities. Or something, I don't even know. I found the action a bit uneven, with several twists and double crosses that seemed pointless. There was a lot to work with with the different kinds of amps and advanced prosthetics, and I felt Wilson didn't really explore it as fully as he could have. And the romance? Don't even get me started. This book is a perfect example of why there are good and bad romance novels. Shakin' it off....I thought the ideas here were great, but the execution not what it could have been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 2/13/2014

    " Reads like a YA novel and will most likely become a movie, but the idea behind it is thought provoking on so many levels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Wick | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting concept, but falls flat a few times throughout. Characters still don't seem well-developed, and the story was rushed. Didn't stop me from enjoying, but won't go so far as to call this a fav. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 xdroot | 2/6/2014

    " interesting idea. easy read. so-so execution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey Martin | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoyed the look into how the world could react to people with implants that increase their abilities. However, I felt that the relationships were rushed in a way that wasn't believable and the ending didn't sit well with me. Without giving too much away, the person that was behind everything didn't seem to really have any motivation for it. Why did he do it? The explanation given behind who his accomplice was and how that came to be didn't seem to have enough information or be plausible to me either. Still a decent read, but could've been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annmarie | 1/10/2014

    " Fast moving thriller examining what might happen if some humans were technologically enhanced, for medical and then increasingly for elective reasons in ways that make them smarter or more athletically gifted than most of the populace. How might society and politicians react? The author's PhD in robotics lends a nice credibility to the technology concepts. Owen, a schoolteacher with a neural amp in his head that controls his seizures and that he learns has the capacity to do more, gets caught up in an incipient war between the amped and nonamped, or Pures. 3.5 stars, because I am a picky reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 12/24/2013

    " Not as good as Robopocalypse, but not bad. Amps are amplified humans. Storyline was good, if somewhat predictable. It will be memorable as my first cover-to-cover e-book (w/ Kindle) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/4/2013

    " This book made me stay up to late... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ronda | 10/19/2013

    " Ehhh... not that great, written more like a michael Bay screenplay for Hollywood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce | 9/4/2013

    " Not very well written. Characters poorly developed. Plot had many, many holes in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 7/24/2013

    " I'm about half way through this book & so far it's been pretty good. A little bit like X-Men. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 7/5/2013

    " The first cd of this book was good and then it went downhill from there. I made it through 3, maybe 4 cds before I decided I was wasting my time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Williams | 3/16/2013

    " I was very surprised by how much I liked this book! A really great near-future exploration of discrimination and how quickly society can tear itself apart out of fear and feelings of unfair advantages. Would definitely recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darryl Stangry | 2/10/2013

    " Wilson's second offering and also excellent. More conventional writing style and much more character development in this one. Uses science fiction as a platform to explore social issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin S. | 8/6/2012

    " This novel was an interesting allegory for the politics of envy. The premise is that you have a class of people that have extraordinary abilities as a result of technological implants. These people are then discriminated against by ordinary humans who begrudge their abilities and wish to keep them handicapped as a result. It's not exactly a story that hasn't been told before by better authors but it's an interesting new take on the idea and worth a listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth M. | 8/1/2012

    " Fun sci-fi from a talented author whose last work (Robopocalypse) greatly impressed me. I enjoyed this one quite bit and it made me think which is a sign of good sci-fi in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KimX | 7/26/2012

    " This would probably make a pretty good movie. The plot moves a bit slowly in places but it's good fun overall. It's not a brilliant novel by any means but it's good enough for a fun summertime audiobook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 7/21/2012

    " I only gave it 3 stars because I loved the premise of it so much. I felt like the plot was really choppy and inconsistent and I didn't really feel attached to any of the characters. Overall, this book was extremely disappointing to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anjelica G. | 7/14/2012

    " After finishing Robopocalypse I was looking forward to the next book from its author. I certainly wasn't disappointed much with this novel. It's a fun and thought-provoking story that's only marred occasionally by some sloppy plot details that don't make much sense. If you can get past that it's a rather enjoyable audiobook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin F. | 7/10/2012

    " This was a great idea for a book but unfortunately it needed a better writer to pull it off. There are too many glaring plot holes to keep track of and the writing is generally sub-par. Very disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh1 | 6/14/2012

    " An intriguing concept and excellent execution by this gifted author. This is modern sci-fi at its finest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan Howard | 5/23/2012

    " Good, but almost no female characters and a piss poor love story make this too imperfect to herald from the heights. Still, it was good enough that I had to finish it and FAST. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson has worked in top research laboratories, including Microsoft Research, the Palo Alto Research Center, and Intel Research Seattle. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

About the Narrator

Robbie Daymond is an actor, voice talent, and four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a master’s degree in acting and works primarily in theater but has made several forays into television, video games, and film.