Lock in

Lock in

[a Novel of the Near Future]

Book - 2014 | First edition
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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: 9780765375865
Branch Call Number: F SCA NVD
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 19, 2019

A world where a virus causes brain alterations to those affected, the solution is to allow their consciousness to control robot bodies and bodies of those not affected.
Combine this with an FBI investigating and it's a pretty good story!

Dec 27, 2018

A bit of everything, very original plague to aftermath to how the society reacts. One of the most original scifi writers ever and a very easy readable style. Empathy for the characters is odd since most are avatars and the actual person is never seen. Currently my favorite writer.
The actual science is weak and often not really explored.

JessicaGma Dec 05, 2018

A wonderful mash-up between a police procedural and a good sci-fi novel, John Scalzi provides a well paced thriller about the near future where folks suffer from Haden's disease where they are locked into their bodies. With the use of androids, or threeps, they can interact with the world, but as the funding has just been cut for the suffers of Hayden's, there's funny business happening with murders, mischief, and money at stake!

Sep 02, 2018

Not sci-fi, but a detective procedural from the near future with sci-fi like confusing technology that Scalzi explains as the story progresses. Hard core sci-fi buffs may be dissapointed, but the book is a lovely different take for mystery addicts.

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.

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.

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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