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Lock In [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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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. 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 '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 fully restore the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, 'The Agora', where the locked-in can interact with other humans, whether locked-in ornot. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, allowing those who are locked in to occasionally '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 ...


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Scalzi's latest is a fantastic read. A fast paced sci-fi crime thriller, Lock In has enough of both to keep fans of either genre gripped. Another accomplished novel from John Scalzi and another recommendation from this reader. (The Book Beard Blog)

John Scalzi's Lock In is just brilliant stuff that you don't want to miss out on. From the first sentence I read of Unlocked I was hooked line and sinker to the idea behind Lock In. John Scalzi presents his idea in full colors and has created a very dangerous and dire setting, it's not only a story that focuses on the virus alone or it's consequences alone or how society is dealing with it, it is much more than those parts alone. It's a detective kind of story that combines all of the above mentioned aspects in a brilliant story. (The Book Plank)

Overall, this is a throught-provoking novel about individual and community rights, politics, identity, and a solid investigation. Definitely recommended. (Civilian Reader)

Lock In is science fiction for the masses. Count me as one of them...it's clubbing you over the head with fun, and intrigue, and a compelling narcotic craving desire to keep reading. (Tor.com)

Book Description

Imagine a plague that incapacitates almost 1.7 million people - and now imagine a cure that is even worse.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1132 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (28 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J37925A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, great characters, great story 16 Nov. 2014
By Jim J-R
Format:Paperback
John Scalzi is rapidly becoming one of my favourite science fiction authors. In this new novel he depicts a world after a massive flu epidemic, which leaves thousands of people with a type of locked-in syndrome. Industry quickly catches up, with mind-controlled robots becoming available for the locked-in to use to interact with the world. This is the story of a locked in FBI officer in his first week on the job.

The science fiction elements of the story are fascinating. It's a really clever idea to think about users of remote controlled avatars ad how their world would work, for example being able to rent a new body in a different place and jump straight there. There are aspects that really stand out, including the slang that's developed around the new situations. Scalzi also uses these elements of world building to feed the plot, rather than just to create somewhere for it to happen, and I really liked the complete integration of the whole story.

The characters are really interesting, although I didn't feel we explored them in as much depth as we could have. There area a good range of characters all of whom fit into the world that Scalzi has constructed and help to make the whole novel feel a single work of art. The story keeps you guessing, and fits the mould of a crime novel without compromise - making it one of the best pieces of cross-genre fiction I've read for some time.

An excellent novel that explores potentially real issues while remaining thoroughly entertaining. I'm really loving getting into John Scalzi's novels and will definitely be looking to fill out my collection of his back catalogue as I wait for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lock In 15 Sept. 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the first book by John Scalzi that I have read, but I shall make a point of hunting out more of his works. This is his latest novel, published in 2014.

In a future not far from our current time, a virus has spread across the globe. Flu-like symptoms affect many, and of those 4% suffer meningitis-type sysmptoms. A further 1% of those who fall sick get much worse, experiencing “lock in”, where the victims are fully awake and aware, but cannot move or respond to anything. Twenty five years on from the onset of “Haden’s syndrome”, those who are affected by the lock in are now largely able to be fully functional in society, through the care of their bodies, and the ability of their consciousness to interact through complex computer programs and ‘threep’ machine bodies. There is also the option to ‘integrate’ with some people who are able to use neural interfaces to allow the locked-in Haden sufferer to utilise their body as surrogates – for meetings, or for special occasions.

In the world where Haden’s is now a part of society, how accepted Haden sufferers are depends largely on those around them; and when law changes in the US threaten to impact those who are dependent on government funding and support for their ongoing lives as locked in afflicted, tensions are bound to run high. That, coinciding with a homicide which appears to be Haden-related makes life difficult for new FBI agent Chris Shane, himself a Haden, and son of a Senator hopeful candidate.

This is a great novel; a great blend of sci-fi (but a sci-fi world that is so closely related to our own world as to be scarily familiar) and police procedure; as in any world, greed and corruption threaten those who are not able to help themselves, and law enforcement agencies are faced with difficult choices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, lousy Kindle formatting. 10 Jan. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this an entertaining read with a fresh approach to a shopworn premise (Avatar, Surrogates), and recommend the novel itself. The Kindle edition, however, is riddled with formatting errors: repeated text repeated text, random paragraph

breaks and words split down the mid dle for no appa rent reas on.

Such a shoddy effort does the publishers no credit and the author a disservice. Hopefully they'll sort it in an update.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lock in 14 Dec. 2014
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Loved the preamble and so glad it was recommended. This was a move for me, into the world of Sci fi. I'm a big fan of dystopia but realised that sci fi moves on the technical detail. Sometime this was harsh and although I loved the concept I found myself speed reading the last quarter. Potential not fulfilled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, interesting, and entertaining 5 Feb. 2015
Format:Paperback
Lock In is John Scalzi’s latest novel, and a change of pace from the man behind the Old Man’s War books. Rather than the military/space opera-esque novels we’re familiar with from Scalzi, Lock In is instead more comparable to Agent to the Stars, though even that is a tenuous comparison. Set in the near future and focusing on a world where almost 2 million people are locked in to their own bodies, this is a novel that tackles some interesting ideas, and does so in typical Scalzi fashion.

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Imagine a plague that incapacitates almost 1.7 million people – and now imagine a cure that is even worse.
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 ‘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 fully restore the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, ‘The Agora’, where the locked-in can interact with other humans, whether locked-in or not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, allowing those who are locked in to occasionally ‘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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant - great detective story, and hard(ish) sci-fi at the same time
Published 9 days ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Scalzi'd it.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Kirberich
4.0 out of 5 stars sci-fi crime
This is really a crime novel set in the near future. An enjoyable read with some really good proper science fiction ideas.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Good ending, but harder to get into unlike his other novels
I found this novel very slow to start. Unfortunately, this lasted for more than two-thirds of the book for me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K M Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Scalzi.
Fascinating worldbuilding and a plot that keeps you reading.
Published 4 months ago by Spellcoat
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! I actually read the book in less ...
Loved it! I actually read the book in less than 24 hours because I just couldn't put it down. The whole premise behind the story of integrators and people that are locked in I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fantastic original idea that stands alone in its unique presentation
Published 5 months ago by Buzzskin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
scalz is always good
Published 6 months ago by ANGELO JOHN GRAZIANO
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Interesting premise well executed.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars well written
well written and enjoyable but not the best book I've read, the tech part and narrate is good, it's easy to read and goes quickly.
Published 7 months ago by G. King
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