Lock in

Lock in

[a Novel of the Near Future]

Book - 2014
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"Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves "locked in"--fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people "locked in"...including the President's wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, "The Agora," in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can "ride" these people and use their bodies as if they were their own. This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse..."--
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765381323
9780765375865
Branch Call Number: F SCA NVD
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 22 cm

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Zebra_3
Jul 20, 2017

This book is so-so. Scalzi is very good at world building. The state of the world in this novel is very interesting and raises deep questions about what exactly it means to be human. However, that's as much praise as I can give it. He makes no effort to offer answers to those questions and leaves you wanting more. I don't read books to have to fill in the blanks myself. Tell me what you think. The main character is fairly bland with no real personality and whose existence only comes across as a narrative gimmick. The over-arching mystery of the story is mostly by-the-numbers and might just as well have been copied from a 'how to write a mystery' book. All in all, this isn't Scalzi's best work.

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jasonvanhee
Jan 21, 2016

Really good writing. A lot of frustrating, bothersome and stupidly thought out details.

cmlibrary_myork Dec 23, 2015

A great book for the science fiction fan and the uninitiated alike! In the near future, a portion of the population is affected by Haden`s Syndrome, a disease that cuts the communication between a person`s brain and their body so that they experience `lock in` - they are conscious, but unable to move and interact with the physical world. `Threeps,` or advanced robot-like machines, allow `Hadens` a physical representation in the world. The story centers on a Haden named Chris Shane who has just started a job as an FBI agent. As government funding for Hadens is cut by new legislation, citizen protests and a rash of violent deaths may make Shane`s first week on the force an interesting one...

JCLGreggW Nov 19, 2015

A police procedual by way of speculative fiction, think of this as something Dashiel Hammet might have written if he lived in the year 2025. Using technology that is just out of reach, Scalzi gives us a classic whodunnit featuring an FBI agent who's consciousness is "locked in" an android. Sharp, thought-provoking, and accessible to a broad range of readers, this is worth picking up.

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MPHPL_Chris
Jun 01, 2015

Lock In is a fast paced mystery, steeped in speculative (but not entirely outlandish) science fiction. The story is reminiscent of, but arguably easier to read than a Philip Dick cautionary tale. Though the final act is perhaps the weaker part of the story, far more enjoyable are Scalzi's worldbuilding efforts. The technological haven of Agora, the moral and ethical issues at play, and the largely untouched concept of the new 'digital natives' (those who were locked in at an early age, or born locked in, and who only know the world through Agora) give you plenty to think about long after the mystery comes to a close. Enjoyable, fast paced, and accessible, if you're looking for a good mystery with a side of scifi, you've come to the right place.

mvkramer May 14, 2015

This is a fast-paced science-fiction murder mystery - complicated by the fact that, in this future, people can remotely pilot other people's bodies to have them commit crimes. A neat story, that falls a bit short in terms of actually digging in to the world it's created. liked that the main character was written in such a way that you can't tell if s/he's male or female.

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peasworth
Feb 04, 2015

A detective story told in a society with robot avatars. The environment is as interesting as the plot. It left me wondering about what else could happen in this interesting world. I enjoyed the book and found the story picked up well throughout. I did not struggle to finish this one.

Cynthia_N Jan 30, 2015

Interesting book! Crimes committed by people who are under the control of others. Are they who they say they are? And who is ultimately responsible?

vmccreedy Dec 27, 2014

Agreed! @augsburgerin I was intrigued right away by the mystery, and it was a well put together police procedural. Also enjoyed the humour.

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augsburgerin
Dec 23, 2014

A very interesting premise and a satisfying mystery.

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