Lock in

Lock in

Large Print - 2015 | Large print edition.
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A LibraryReads SelectionWhen a highly contagious virus spreads across the globe, most experience only flu-like symptoms. But one percent suffer "Lock In": fully aware, but unable to move. Years later, in a world shaped by what's now called "Haden's syndrome," FBI agents Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are assigned to a murder. The suspect is an "integrator" -- someone who can lend their body to the locked in. But the real crime is bigger than anyone could have imagined.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410478344
1410478343
Characteristics: 423 pages.

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Thatguy1612
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!

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stephsbooks88
Jan 06, 2019

Fun police procedural--but with robots and mind control! Great for sci-fi fans but also accessible if you aren't sure that's your thing.

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7626dee
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!

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captbligh
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.

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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.

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Jun 19, 2019

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