Author: Daniel Wilson

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Review: Amped by Daniel Wilson

June 4, 2012 Review 1 ★★★★

Review: Amped by Daniel WilsonRelease Date: June 5, 2012
Title: Amped
Author: Daniel Wilson
Pages: 288
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Technology makes them superhuman. But mere mortals want them kept in their place. The New York Timesbestselling 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.

4 Stars

Our world is not so very different from the one in Amped. And it pisses me off.

Not technologically speaking; but in the way society reacts to things that are different. Amped is very much a commentary on our own society as much as it is asking “what if.” Wilson tackles heavy topics that fall beyond basic human rights issues – he asks the question what makes a human a human? He considers the value of a person, not only legally but socially.

And it’s all wrapped up in a story that is so thrilling and intriguing that you nearly forget how hard-hitting his commentary really is.

Within a few chapters the story was rocking my emotions – I was pissed. And it really only got worse as the story progressed. But that’s a measure of a great book, in my book at least.

My only qualm with the book is how quickly everything was wrapped up at the end. I fully expected this to be a series because I was 40 pages from the end and there was no end in sight. But then it was over, with an actual ending. No cliffhanger.

I fully expect this to be a big hit of the summer; if it’s not, it really should be.

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