Lock In: A Novel Of The Near Future by John ScalziLock In: A Novel Of The Near Future by John Scalzi

Lock In: A Novel Of The Near Future

byJohn Scalzi

Mass Market Paperback | August 4, 2015

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A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what's now known as "Haden's syndrome," rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" - someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

But "complicated" doesn't begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery - and the real crime - is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It's nothing you could have expected.

Old Man's War Series
#1 Old Man's War
#2 The Ghost Brigades
#3 The Last Colony
#4 Zoe's Tale
#5 The Human Division
#6 The End of All Things
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Other Tor Books
The Android's Dream
Agent to the Stars
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded
Fuzzy Nation
Lock In
The Collapsing Empire (forthcoming)

JOHN SCALZI is one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively successful debut Old Man's War won him science fiction's John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts; which won 2013's Hugo Award for Best Novel....
Title:Lock In: A Novel Of The Near FutureFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.83 × 4.27 × 0.91 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:076538132X

ISBN - 13:9780765381323


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I thought this was really different from anything I've ever read. I really enjoyed it and is in my top ten favourite books.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly entertaining! Very interesting premise, and poses some fascinating questions about our perception of disability.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good not great good idea lacked in execution; would be an alright movie
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst book in a long time I don't recommend it at all. No character development and the plot was hard to follow. Skip this one it is a waste of money
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Annoying I had such high hopes for this book as I was really into sci-fi when I picked it up. It started out good but the writing was hard to follow along with as it was too much first person writing. I felt like I read more: "he said...she said..." than actual words so it was hard to get into it.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Good Job Another good one by Scalzi.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmm Interesting premise, but it devolves into a generic crime drama. And the ending was incredibly unsatisfying.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't bother finishing it I put it on my hold list. I loved the concept of the story but it was just so boring to me.. I'm sorry but it did not meet my expectations.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SF Mystery I read this looking for a mystery/thriller and Scalzi delivered with Lock In. Scalzi concocted an intriguing mystery in his near-future world beset with Haden's Syndrome. There's certainly similarities between this and the Robot crime novels of Isaac Asimov (such as The Caves of Steel). In each, the world has advanced technologically but there are still social anxieties directed toward the new social structure of humans and robots (Scalzi isn't quite using robots but the effect is the same). I'll definitely check out the sequel whenever it gets released.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Locked in Story line was solid sci-fi-mystery though plot has some holes and character development is lacking. A little unimaginative with descriptions and dialogue. The novel overall draws the reader in and rarely disappoints, a great read for youngsters.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Good pace...interesting concept. Maybe could have been a bit more plot twists. Not a bad read. Will read more of his work.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, if a bit contrived I really enjoyed reading this. It is a pretty easy page turner. The world is interesting and well thought out. The crime seemed a bit contrived and the hero a bit too clever, but I would still recommend it.
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from another goody from Scalzi Interesting hypothesis of lock-in puts this one nearly up there with Old Man's War. Look forward to the sequel out later this year.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lock In Great work - great example of Scalzi's imagination and style!
Date published: 2014-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun fresh new Sci Fi idea I really enjoyed this book. It started a little slow, but once I got in the flow, I enjoyed learning about the new social world Scalzi has created for his "Hadens". The humour is understated, but adds a nice touch.
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lock in Great read. Escapism at it's best. I hope there will be sequel
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lock In A gripping and entertaining read. This future seems all too plausible.
Date published: 2014-08-28

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Lock In"This is the kind of thriller that Michael Crichton, Lincoln Child, and James Rollins do so well. Add John Scalzi to that list." -Douglas Preston, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Kraken Project and Impact"As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of a Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Canell to craft a whodunit with buddy-cop charm and suspects aplenty-most of them in someone else's body." -USA Today"Satisfying." -NPR"Scalzi takes his work to an entirely new level." -Cory Doctorow"A smart, thoughtful near-future thriller.. This powerful novel will intrigue and entertain both fans and newcomers." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"John Scalzi may be the most entertaining writer in SF today." -Toronto StarPraise for Head On"Particularly relevant....A fun, breezy thriller, one that showcases a world that carries with it some extremely astute commentary on some of the real problems that we face in our own. " -The Verge"Head On doesn't care if you've read Lock In or not, but it does care if you enjoy a mystery wrapped up inside a science fiction novel....This might even be one of the best introductions to Scalzi out there." -Culturess"[Scalzi's] prose flows like a river, smoothly carrying us through the story; his characters are beautifully crafted; and his future world is impeccably designed, at the same time wildly imaginative and wholly plausible." -Booklist, starred review"This taut mystery, filled with memorable characters in a well-constructed world, will keep readers on the edges of their seats." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Readers will definitely showup for the witty banter and smartass takedowns..Very clever, wonderfully satisfying fun." -Kirkus