Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. 4% suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And 1% find themselves 'locked in' - fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.
1% doesn't seem like a lot. But in the US that's 1.7 million people '...more
Its a wonderful book for making race, gender and sexuality completely irrelevant to the story. I wish more SF&F could do that. I never picked up at all that the gender of Chris isn't specified so great work John.(less)
Even so, I was a little surprised by this book. In some ways it's sci-fi but not rocketships-and-lasers sci-fi. In other ways it's a mystery, but not the Victorian-style Sherlock sort of thing. It's also kind of a police procedural. Maybe a bit of ...more
Go ahead and call Fandango and decide which candy goes best with your buttered popcorn (Junior Mints). I would not be at all surprised if Scalzi did not have some preliminary discussions with Hollywood.
Lock In is a delicious combination of Philip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov with Scalzi’s signature snarky characterization and dialogue. This is also vaguely reminiscent of Poul Anderson’s Harvest of Stars books where consciousness ca ...more
When I first started reading this book I was so confused I thought I was going to give up. Then my friend Mike came to my rescue explaining that there is a novella to this book up at Tor. http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/05/un.... I really think that part needs added to this book, it's very hard to figure out what's going on without it.
Once I read that I was sucked into this book.
A flu type virus has been transmitted globally. At first it starts flu like, if you survive that the secon ...more
This is what hell is like, I'd imagine - imprisonment within your own self. This is what li ...more
It doesn't. Alas. I just had a good time no matter what.
So what's this about? Telepresence! It's a novel about telepresence! Yeah, yeah, there's the horrible brain-re-writing virus and the people who weren't hit so hard with it, all ...more
4.5* Although Lock in was confusing to begin with, the story soon captures your attention. Since earth’s Great Flu caused paralysis of the nervous system to more than 2.75 billion humans worldwide, robots called Tweeps are being used by individuals, along with Integrators who can share their bodies. Chris Shane, a Tweep, has recently been hired as an FBI agent and assigned a partner, Integrator FBI veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two agents are given a task to investigate a murder at a nearby ...more
But one way to avoid this mass genocide of the human race is to build robots that we can actually download ourselves into. Then, we get all of the cool parts of being robots and living in a robot world without the bloody ending. Take ...more
It’s tough to be a human: that is something I’ve learned during my lengthy time studying the human species on this planet Earth. Life itself is hard, of course, with its everyday pitfalls and each individual’s long-term ambitions and disappointments… but for humanity that difficulty is compounded by all of the –isms that exist to divide humanity from itself. Isms based on race and culture and gender and ori ...more
Bonus points for creativity. It was an unexpectedly unique sci-fi/techno mystery with nice twists of humor. I am glad that I didn't know much about this going in because it was fun to get into this bizarre new world (is it okay to say it's fun to get into a plague filled world?)
I will say that this is a very brainy story. A lot of concentration and thought must be given in order to keep up. I am still not entirely sure of everything that happened!
Oh, John Scalzi. Your words are my comfort food. Whenever I fall into a reading slump, I know that I can come back to you. This book is no exception.
It's got everything I expect from him. It's creative - I love the concepts of the threeps and the Agora. Interesting characters, especially Agent Vann and Cassandra Bell. Engaging central mystery. And the classic Scalzi dialogue that is his trademark.
I get that this isn't the same thing and I don't mean to be insensitive, but I can't ...more
Will you like this book?
Honestly I think it will depend on what you care about in the book. If what you are looking for is a great who-done-it murder mystery well then this maybe won’t be for you since that part of the book was a little easy to figure out and was just okay as murder mysteries go. But if what you want is something that makes you wonder what society would be like if one part of the general population is essentially stuck inside ...more
A buddy read with the ladies at BB&B!!!
Well this stile of writing feels like a blast from the past! Cyber-Punk and plague-pocalipse mixed in one with some humorous undertones. I enjoyed the heck out of it!!!
John Scalzi is a very refreshing and bright author. He is a Sci-fi nerd through and through, and the popular Science Fiction TV and literature of the 80's and early 90's, which by the way is some of my favorite, can be seen as a heavy influence on his themes and stile. Coming from me ...more
How shall I describe it... a crime novel in apocalyptic sort of time. Quite unusual, great read.
Recommended & looking forward to the followup, I believe to be published in 2018. ...more
All done with that? Good.
So at its very heart, good science fiction is about introducing some change in technology and extrapolating how that change will affect people and societies. Good ones will not ...more
I was hooked by the situation, but infuriated by the constant and very crass exposition (for which I downgrade the book), an ...more
This book is set in the future, and the future is a world where a virus has swept across the world. It's similar to the flu bug, but 1% of the population are left "locked in", the patient is awake and aware of everything that's happening, but their body is not able to move at all. In the USA alone that's 1.7 million people in this state.
So America builds an en ...more
'John Scalzi' fans have told me this novel is different than all his others. I have nothing to compare. But.., I liked it!!! I was pleasantly surprised at storytelling. It felt like a contemporary
fiction crime thriller. The story takes place in the future... But not so far off -- that I couldn't
Imagine cars driving themselves. ( we have these now).
I find the whole "h ...more
Count me in as new fan of John Scalzi!
After listening to Scalzi's Redshirts, (also narrated by Will Wheaton), I knew I would be reading and/or listening to more of his books in the future. I wasn't all-out crazy about it, due to what I felt was the excessive use of "he saids" and "she saids" in the narrative, but I recognized interesting world-building and great story-telling skills and wanted to try more of Scalzi's work. I'm so glad I did!
The world-building in this book is just...bey ...more
Whenever I need a good pick-me-up or book to brighten up my day I always turn to John Scalzi, and he hasn’t let me down yet. I’ve been a big fan of his ever since I read Old Man’s War, and that’s also when I started associating his work with light, humorous sci-fi that’s also accessible and not too overwhelming for someone like me, who is predominantly a fantasy reader and not always in the mood for hard science fiction ...more
Society is struck with a form of meningitis in which certain people are 'locked in' to their bodies - able to feel and hear and see and think - but completely unable to move. These people are called Hadens. They can use droids that are uploaded with their consciousness to move around in the physical world.
Another, much smaller subset of people were affected but were not paralyzed. These are called Integrators and Hadens can hire them to serve as a vehicle for their conscious ...more
A murder mystery, some great characters and a fast moving pace kept me reading with great curiosity.
Featured on my 2014 favourites list!
I had a pretty good idea going in that I would enjoy this book. What I didn’t know was that I was going to spend a whole day telling myself I would read “just one more chapter” putting off breakfast… and then lunch… until there were no more chapters left to negotiate over, and it was practically dinner time.
Often, when entering a fictional world that is different for our own–be they far in the future, on another world, or in a place ruled by magic ...more
Barely science fiction. Mostly police procedural.
Too much dialogue, and lacking in Scalzi's usual wit and humor. Infodumps before the novel started, over dinner and at other times (Show, don't tell!). I expected more/better from Scalzi.
Glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't buy it.
Or you could zoom out and see it as shocking discussion about how sooner or later any natural disaster (in this case the Hadens syndrome) ...more
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