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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.

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Lock In
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4.1 / 5
Locked in
July 14th, 2015
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.
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June 24th, 2015
Good pace...interesting concept. Maybe could have been a bit more plot twists. Not a bad read. Will read more of his work.
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Enjoyable, if a bit contrived
June 17th, 2015
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.
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another goody from Scalzi
April 22nd, 2015
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.
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Lock In
October 16th, 2014
Great work - great example of Scalzi's imagination and style!
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Lock in
September 2nd, 2014
Great read. Escapism at it's best. I hope there will be sequel
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Lock In
August 28th, 2014
A gripping and entertaining read. This future seems all too plausible.
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