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Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) Audio Download – Unabridged

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Format: Hardcover
This story takes place 25 years after a devastating epidemic hit the world. Millions died, and millions more were left with "locked-in" syndrome: conscious, cognitive, and aware, but incapable of any speech or movement whatsoever.

But -- as with all such crises -- partially-successful medical and technological interventions were developed, and eventually the epidemic becomes a "normalised" fact of life. Although their immobilised physical bodies must be carefully monitored and maintained in sophisticated medical cradles, Locked-ins (known as Hadens) now have the ability to live full lives through the use of neural brain implants which interface with human-like android bodies known as threeps (a reference which will be instantly obvious to Star Wars fans).

But there are complications to the solutions found by modern tech and pharma companies. It's been discovered that those who recovered, rather than being locked-in by Haden's Syndrome, have a special ability to serve as "Integrators" (surrogates) for Hadens. And there are supposed to be strong software prohibitions against the Integrators' clients doing harm to their surrogate bodies. But it appears that someone may be using Integrators to do great harm to others before destroying themselves, leaving no evidence of outside control.

Chris Shane has been a Haden since the age of two, and he has successfully adapted to life in the Agora -- the virtual community the Hadens inhabit -- and in the real world through the use of threeps. The son of a very wealthy and influential man, Shane had the option of skating through life -- but he instead chose to try to make a positive difference by becoming an FBI Agent.
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I have loved everything i have read of My Scalzi but this really was just terrible. I thought it might be because i was really looking forward to the new book so i read it again to be fair, as i really do not like giving bad reviews, anyone who can write a book is more talented than i could ever be. The book is basically a rather dull (apart from a few bits) of a cop thriller. The future is not particularly
believable in terms of the illness and the way America seems to be supporting everyone in a type of socialist state.

I hope people enjoy this book more than i did but if is the first time you will be reading Mr Scalzi i would try another one of his fantastic books first.
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The Hayden disease started off looking like the common flu, but when people fell into comas and did not come out again we realised this was something very different. 20 years later and society has moved on, with millions of Americans locked into their bodies a new culture has developed; one of coma patients being able to control androids or other people. So when a murder happens is it the body, or the mind that inhabits the body that is at fault? It is up to FBI agents Chris Shane and Leslie Vann to discover.

The best science fiction often takes a concept and runs with it. The book does not have to be about the concept, but can tell a compelling story with the ideas as background. John Scalzi is an award winning science fiction writer who knows all about this and his skills are shown off once more in ‘Lock In’. This is a crime thriller that happens to be set in a compelling science fiction universe.

What would happen is millions of people suddenly fell into comas? Rich American people. The chances are something would occur like in ‘Lock In’; society would look to help with such a large number of people. What makes ‘Lock In’ so engaging is that the story is set twenty years after the outbreak so the mere mention of Haden's syndrome is background for what is essentially a classic buddy cop novel.

For the mixture of crime and science fiction to work, both genres must be served and Scalzi is able to do. The Sci Fi is exceptional; realistic, yet fantastical. The crime is also well written; a murder leads to dogged police work, a series of suspects and a fun reveal. At times you forget that one of the FBI agents is a walking talking android – did I forget to mention that?
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