Mini Book Review: Lock In, by John Scalzi

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Book Reviews, Science Fiction
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Lock In, by John Scalzi, cover(Lock In, by John Scalzi. Tor, 2014,  336 pp., $24.99)

reviewed by Zeke Teflon, author of Free Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia


This is a very good techno thriller.  Everything about it is well done: an intricate plot revolving around the technological premise (a plague that leaves large numbers of victims conscious but paralyzed, “locked in”); believable, sympathetic characters; good dialogue; and some social relevance regarding disabilities–Scalzi has evidently been paying attention to the debate in the deaf community about a possible gene-mod cure for deafness. About all that’s missing is humor, something that Scalzi is very good at (Fuzzy Nation, Agent to the Stars, Red Shirts), but that would be inappropriate here.

If you like the techno-thriller genre, you’ll probably love Lock In.  If, like me, you hate techno thrillers but read all of Scalzi’s books regardless of genre, you could find worse ways to burn a few hours.

Recommended for Scalzi completists and techno-thriller fans.

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