Amped

Owen Grey is amped, but as far as he knows his neural implant is only medical and to prevent epileptic seizures, and it isn't one of the bad kind that the Pure Humans fear, the kind that makes the implanted, or amped, too strong and too smart. However, when Owen loses his rights because he is amped, he finds out from his father that his amp is not just a medical device, and that it has the potential to escalate the conflict between modified and unmodified humans. Soon Owen finds himself on the run from the police and the government who fear his amp, but the place his father urged him to run to, Eden, may offer no refuge.

This novel is an examination of humanity's fear of the unknown and change, a high tech version of the superstitious villagers storming the monster's castle with torches and pitchforks. Starting with the suicide of an amped student, Owen is hurtled into his adventure, but because the author moves at such a brisk pace from episode to episode, it is hard for the reader to feel any sympathy for the characters, especially when the characters have such little time to make an emotional impact. This book will probably appeal for readers looking for a quick, cyborg-lite adventure with narrative interspersed with legal documents and news.


Book Blurb for Amped

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.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 3.50