May 3, 2012

Amped, by Douglas Richards

Amped, by Douglas Richards is the sequel to Wired, which I reviewed last fall. I recall finding Wired a fast-paced thriller and while Amped has its moments, I think I may have liked the first installment better.

Plot: Amped picks up where Wired left off. David Desh and Kira are now married and living off the grid with some of their closest allies. They continue to use Kira's special pills that, when taken, enhance a person's brain so they can think -- and accomplish -- unthinkable tasks and problems.

The crew of scientists, techno-geniuses, and former military ops are very careful about this use of this "miracle drug", trying their best to ensure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. But, they soon find someone is out to get them and there's a global threat that only their enhanced minds can neutralize. Along the way, Kira and David also question their own relationship, as information about their respective pasts are revealed.

Characters: I like the characters just fine; though they aren't my most favorite characters in literature. David seems a bit more "with it" and less easily duped than he did in the first book. And the affable hacker, Matt, is entertaining.

Overall: I had trouble wading through the "science" of Wired, and I had the same difficulty, if not more so, with Amped. And I'm still not totally convinced Kira is one of the good ones. But, I guess I'll just have to wait for a third installment to find out! Given all the technical aspects, you'd likely enjoy this if you're into sci-fi and looking for something with a twist. 3 stars.

**I received a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. But, my thoughts are my own.**

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