Here’s a Food-for-thought kind of book: Lock In
I’m uncertain what I thought about John Scalzi’s sci-fi murder mystery, Lock In. He included an interesting take on a world in the near future and had some great ideas, however, sometimes these concepts got in the way. I wanted to read, full speed, nail-bitingly ahead, but stalled because I couldn’t quite remember who was who and what was what. Perhaps someone more technologically inclined would do better? This is why I entered it in the Main course category. Here’s the gist of the book, you decide if you want to take it on:
What would happen if an infectious virus rendered 1 percent of the world in a comatose state? New enforced Laws, a development of devices to handle the newly handicapped, and John Scalzi would write a novel called, Lock In.
Lock In is a 334 paged book about such a situation; set fifty years from now in Washington D.C., a contagion nicknamed Haden’s syndrome has happened. A small fraction of survivors are in a vegetative state called, Lock In syndrome, however, the patients still have active functioning brains. To help a Haden (as they are known) a device is developed in which the patient can become an active member of society via Robot or Veet (as they are known), powered by the mind of said invalid.
Something else has developed in some of the survivors as well, the ability to allow a Haden to blend their conscious with someone else’s body. That someone is called an Integrator. Now the law is about to change in which the government will no longer pay Haden expenses, ratcheting up tensions between the Lock In patients and everyone else.
Chris Shane is a famous Haden who, in response to the inevitable law change, joins Washington D.C.’s FBI. He is the first and only Haden to do so, and using a Veet to stand in for him, is hard for Metro Police as well as other FBI agents to get used to—think the Ironman suit sitting at a cubical—strange. And then there’s his partner, Agent Leslie Vann who has a secret that regularly hangs over every investigation.
As with any good crime novel, mysterious circumstances surround a death, but who is behind it? Was it suicide? How could that be when the victim was an Integrator? Was it murder? By who, the other Integrator found with the dead man? It makes the reader wonder if an Integrator is under mind control, who is actually pulling the trigger? And what does all of this have to do with the law change? You’ll have to read to find out.
If you have read it or plan to, send me a comment about your thoughts!