Lock In by John Scalzi

Lock In

Rating: 4 Stars

My first day on the job coincided with the first day of the Haden Walkout, and I’m not going to lie, that was some awkward timing.



Plot

Haden’s is a dangerous disease. Those it does not kill, it leaves locked in, unable to move their own body. Thankfully, technological progress has made it able for them to move around in robot bodies – Threeps.

Chris Shane was one of the most famous young Haden in the world. Now he starts to work as an FBI agent in a special division dealing with Haden crime. His first case turns out to be a difficult one: was it murder or suicide?

It turns out it is way more complicated than that and soon Shane and his partner Vann are on the trail of a dangerous conspiracy.

Review

This was a great sci-fi novel that took a cool idea and created a believable, interesting future around it. I loved the ideas in this novel. What it would mean if we had a significant group of people that walked around in mechanical bodies.

I also really, really liked the characters. I loved almost all of them. We’ve got Chris Shane, the rooke, former posterboy of the Haden disease because he was a very young child when he was locked in. Now he wants to be a normal FBI agent. Except he’s not. Because he is a Haden, his father is famous and he is very rich.

It’s always an interesting test to see what people do when they meet me, both because of who I am and because I’m Haden. One or the other usually gets commented on.

Vann didn’t say anything else.



However, who was really cool was Vann. I liked that there was no weird romance between Shane and Vann. I loved that she was kind of grumpy,

Really, the only one I didn’t like was Bell. I hated every scene with her because she was just sooo stilted. She didn’t feel real and the way she talked was a bit annoying. Actually really annoying.

“He would not choose to murder me,” Bell agreed. “You say you strongly believe that he is alive.”

“Yes.”

“Describe the strength of that belief.”

“Strong as iron,” I said. “Strong as oak.”

“Iron rusts. Oak burns.”



There’s also a lot of infodumping in this book, a lot of background covered about the world and its history. However, I didn’t mind it much because it was so well written and read so fluently.

Tony shrugged. “They were dumb,”he said. “Honestly. A computer inside your brain? What the hell did they think was going to happen with that? They got serious about patching when some hacker from Ukraine started giving people arrhythmia just for kicks.



Conclusion

An great science fiction novel with lots of great ideas and characters. Can’t wait for the next one!

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