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Book Review: Lock In
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Lock In reviewLock In
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition | Audiobook
Written by John Scalzi
Tor Books
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Cover Price: $24.99

In the near future, a flu-like virus wreaks havoc across the Earth and kills 400 million people. Some got the flu and recovered. The rest experienced “lock in,” trapped inside paralyzed mute bodies, completely aware of their surroundings with full brain activity (at least the thinking part).

Twenty-five years later, it’s known as Haden’s syndrome and the Hadens are functioning members of society. Well…their minds are housed in “Threeps” (C3PO–what’s up?). Haden rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is investigating the murder of an Integrator, people who have the ability to integrate with the Haden, allowing the Haden to function as a human. She and her partner, jaded and cynical Leslie Vann, begin to unravel something much bigger than a murder. Think government and corporate conspiracy shenanigans.

Lock In by John Scalzi has one of the most unique premises, that preys upon familiar fears. The world of the Hadens/Threeps, Integrators, their families, and regular humans, gives new meaning to the discrimination and fear associated with those who are different, as well as the too-close-to-home fear of a contagious epidemic.

The world of the Hadens is fascinating, and Scalzi keeps you hooked from the first to last word. His detailed descriptions of how this new class of people “integrates” into society, makes the reader believe that not only could this be a possibility, but a probability.

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