HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Lock In

by John Scalzi

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Lock In (1)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
3,0112094,546 (3.91)217
"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....John Scalzi's Lock In is a novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction"--… (more)
  1. 00
    Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (sturlington)
  2. 01
    A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (g33kgrrl)
    g33kgrrl: Lock In deals with humans using adaptive technology and what that means; A Closed and Common Orbit deals with humans and AIs and AIs using adaptive technology and what that means.
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 217 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 206 (next | show all)
Lock-In is a low-key sci-fi thriller that uses a pandemic as a plot device. And since it was written in 2014, five years before Covid‑19, I'd be giving John Scalzi some serious props for divining the future except I believe Stephen King's The Stand and Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven beat him to it. Besides, the pandemic isn’t the only thing in this book. It’s also a darned good buddy cop (FBI) story and it lays into those who exploit the disabled and the disadvantaged.

This is the second title of Scalzi’s I’ve read where the gender of the main character is never even hinted at. Audible handled this by offering a choice of two narrators for the audiobook version, Wil Wheaton or Amber Benson, and I went with Amber. I wish I’d chosen Wil. It could be me but she was hard to understand when she'd pitch her voice low for some of the supporting characters whereas I’ve never had any trouble understanding him. Also, the last two hours of the audiobook is a bonus novella, Unlocked, which is the prequel to the Lock In series. Since it's mostly just world-building, you don't have to read it to follow the plot in this but if you do, I'd say read (or listen to) it first instead of at the end. ( )
  wandaly | Apr 5, 2024 |
Perfect world deaign but the story is not as interesting because the characters are often cliché. ( )
  yates9 | Feb 28, 2024 |
All in all, the story of Chris coming to his own as a detective in the FBI as interesting. The plot was detailed and well crafted, but I personally did not see a lot of growth in the characters. The character I found most intriguing was one only seen in a few pages toward the end (Cassandra Bell), but I did appreciate the different style of her linguistics, making me believe that she was indeed separated from the rest of the world - by circumstance and choice.

The ending felt rushed, but nothing was left hanging, for which I was grateful.

I enjoyed the world building, and I look forward to the next in the universe, Head On. ( )
  HippieLunatic | Jan 29, 2024 |
Extraordinarily good read! Clever, original and fun, I devoured it in one go. ( )
  sashery | Jan 29, 2024 |
I like John Scalzi and find his books very readable but this particular novel was just OK for me. I'm rating it 3 stars but I liked it more than a 3 but not quite a 4.

This is a basic whodunit but thrown into a futuristic world where some humans are "locked in" to their bodies and thus must live inside robotic personal transports OR integrate into other humans who will serve as surrogate bodies from time to time. It was a little mind bending but worth it for the extra level of twists this introduced the crime story.

If you wanted to dig deeper you can venture into the whole idea of personhood and what makes people human and if the bodies are important to the mix.

I also read an online story about how the protagonist in the story is gender neutral. Hmmm. (In my version, Chris is a guy, I don't know about yours.)

I also got a very old school Asimov Robot Stories vibe from this whole book. I loved those novels as a young reader so that's a good thing, in my book, but I'm not sure if anybody else would appreciate that!

Another review linked to this novella about the disease that causes the Lock In in the story: http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/05/unlocked-an-oral-history-of-hadens-syndrome-j... ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Showing 1-5 of 206 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (6 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Scalzi, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, AmberNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wheaton, WilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Epigraph
Dedication
To Joe Hill, I told you I was going to do this.

And to Daniel Mainz, my very dear friend.
First words
Haden's syndrome is the name given to a set of continuing physical and mental conditions and disabilities initially brought on by "the Great Flu," the influenza-like global pandemic that resulted in the deaths of more than 400 million people worldwide, either through the initial flu-like symptoms, the secondary stage of meningitis-like cerebral and spinal inflammation, or through complications arising due to the third stage of the disease, which typically caused complete paralysis of the voluntary nervous system, resulting in "lock in" for its victims.
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

"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....John Scalzi's Lock In is a novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction"--

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Current Discussions

None

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.91)
0.5
1 9
1.5
2 20
2.5 6
3 202
3.5 72
4 482
4.5 46
5 199

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 204,380,011 books! | Top bar: Always visible