Thrust into the international spotlight when Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg decided to adapt Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson was faced with the task of composing a follow-up that would be a worthy successor; the answer for him was to switch the story from a psychotic artificial intelligence computer seeking to annihilate mankind to a pending civil war between humans who are technologically enhanced and those who are not.
AMPED intersperses news reports, user manuals, court case decisions, and presidential speeches with the tale of Owen Gray who will either save the day or throw the world into chaos. In Part 1, the former school teacher learns that he has been given a military grade brain implant from his father. Gray arrives at a trailer park in Part 2, which serves as a refuge from those who have technologically amplified, to seek out a man who may be able to help him learn how to fully use the neurological device. Part 3 revolves around the protagonist uncovering a conspiracy which will destroy him unless he can delve deep into the recesses of his mind and become the ultimate fighting machine.
The setting of AMPED echoes the racial conflicts that spurred the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s as well as the Nazis interment of the Jews during World War II. A series of plot twists contribute to the quick pace of the science fiction thriller which will satisfy those who like to get a high tech fix mixed with full-throttle action mayhem.
Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and writer who currently resides in Canada.