Book Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

October 23, 2014 Audiobooks, Blog, Book Reviews, Fall, Summer Reading 2

Book Review: Lock In by John ScalziLock In by John Scalzi
Series: Lock In #1
Published by Tor Books on August 26th 2014 by
Narrator: Amber Benson
Length: 11 hrs
Genres: Mystery, Sci Fi, Science Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 320
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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A novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern SF

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people “locked in”...including the President's wife and daughter.

Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.

This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse....

My Thoughts

I was really excited by the synopsis on this one. The entire Sci Fi feeling is there but it didn’t feel so Sci Fi ish.. this felt like it could be something that actually happened in our world, just in our future. The entire concept reminds me of something like if Judge Dredd and Almost Human had a baby. Of course that baby would come out looking exactly like Karl Urban (which honestly I will not complain about!)

As the book introduces the characters I got a sense of real snarkiness form the two lead gals. Both cops, one locked in and one not. I love snarkiness in characters so this really thrilled me. There is some stuff about both gals that Scalzi does go into later on in the plot but not so much that it drags anything down. I really enjoyed hearing about their backgrounds, although, we learn about the main character, Chris Shane, pretty fast.

Then there is the sciencey stuff. I totally loved this part until the explanations start rolling. To be honest maybe some of it went over my head but not so much that I couldn’t continue with the story line so I just went with it and tried to keep up. It was fantastically done being that John Scalzi had to explain the entire mystery behind what is driving the plot. This was great too because at about 10% I was asking where the story was going to go and shortly thereafter I got my answer. There IS a mystery behind it all but the Hadens have to be explained before the story can really get in that direction.

Production was great, again Amber’s use of multiple voices was awesome, and the story line really felt like it was perfectly plotted. A little slow in some parts so it just misses that 5 star mark, but really, just barely!

Rating Report
4.5 / 5
Character Development
4.5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4.5 / 5
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.6 / 5



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2 Responses to “Book Review: Lock In by John Scalzi”

  1. Rita @ My Home of Books

    I saw a good review from Kimba on this one too and now that I read yours I want to read it! I almost picked it up recently and hesitated, but maybe in the near future…thanks for a very informative review that helped me make up my mind but also be aware of a slow sciencey part.
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    • Christina

      It is really interesting! I listened to it quite a while ago and even after about 20 books I can remember the plot! It’s really stuck with me! 😀