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Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future [Format Kindle]

John Scalzi

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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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 944 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 337 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books (26 août 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A novel in search of an editor... 31 août 2014
Par Morphie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Like many, I eagerly await any offering by John Scalzi. He is, deservedly, one of the acclaimed Sci-Fi authors of this era. I have no doubt that the "Old Man's War" series will rank among the finest, multiple novel efforts of the genre. Regrettably, I think the author has missed the mark with "Lock In".

Without question, there are some intriguing characters and a wealth of sarcastic dialogue, that is the hallmark of Mr. Scalzi. I find the gradual introduction of "threeps" to be skillfully done, somewhat like peeling away the layers of an onion, finally revealing the physical and cognitive nature of a new mode of existence. Where the novel takes a disjointed turn is with the murder mystery elements. I find this a tedious and boring listing of characters, which is, for about half the novel, unrelenting and confusing. During this aspect of plot development, the story is difficult to follow. I was on the verge of putting the book down and returning it. However, I did complete the task; I must admit that the final few chapters become far more intriguing and even harkened back to Mr. Scalzi's more successful creations.

I was left with a sense that what was missing was the guiding hand of a skilled editor, along with a dose of of Harry Wilson's charm.
42 internautes sur 48 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Great premise, disappointing novel 31 août 2014
Par Stephen Boyle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The premise Lock In, that a segment of the population has contracted 'lock in' and require brain implants to allow their consciousness to inhabit robots in the real world and avatars in the virtual is excellent, as is the shorter accompanying novella 'Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome'. However, 'Lock In' itself is a bit disappointing. Rather than really explore the implications of a two-tier society where a segment of the population is both diminished and enhanced by technology, we get that as a backdrop to a fairy humdrum detective story. Clichés abound as the detective in his first week on the job gets shot at, deals with Daddy issues and the bad guys prove to be motivated by greed. The characterisation and dialogue are poor and jilted respectively, meaning that the reveal of whodunnit lacks any real meaning to the reader. A shame as I was really looking forward to what proved to be a mediocre book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Unfortunately Over-hyped 30 août 2014
Par Graebel - Publié sur Amazon.com
I had high hopes for this as I loved Redshirts, but I found myself disappointed by this book in several ways.

1. Not that I was anticipating Sherlock Holmes, but there is no mystery about who committed the crimes. Based on the potential ramifications of their actions, you would have thought they were a little smarter, the protagonist solves everything immediately.

2. The disease has been touted as fascinating, but I didn't really find it that thrilling. It has literally no negative impact on the characters in this story. We hear that it was devastating, but everyone seems pretty functional. Even the 'trauma' of one character was all told. Not supremely convincing.

3. Disability as a narrative choice. I feel like this was where I was the angriest. I keep reading reviews that tout this book as a piece on disability. I heartily disagree. The narrator is wealthy. Extremely wealthy. He uses and casts off expensive equipment at will, has FT caretakers in addition to his parents, and chooses a second apartment in the course of the novel. In addition, Haden's allows him to essentially transport himself instantaneously across the country to a new body. This has been done before in sic-fi, nothing terribly new or inventive, but there is no true disability to any of the characters in this story. Also, Scalzi plays lip-service to how awful one legal change will be to the country, but doesn't actually include anything in the story. These people we see with Haden's are so rich that it wouldn't matter what disease they were afflicted with, they can buy a solution.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A pedestrian tale with a central void 3 novembre 2014
Par Alan M Dionne - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
"Lock In" has an interesting background, but the story being told in it is unfortunately pedestrian. There's a mystery to be solved, and I think the characters spend more time standing around talking about the investigation than they do actually investigating. They talk about the Abrams-Kettering bill, which will have profound effects on Haden society, but none of the book's Hadens seem like they will be personally affected by it. They talk a lot -- typical of Mr. Scalzi's work. Newly-minted FBI agent Chris Shane is the narrator of this first-person tale, and is a void in the heart of the story. Chris is a character whose distinguishing characteristic is a lack of distinguishing characteristics. I learned later that this was intentional (more or less) on Mr. Scalzi's part -- you'll have to go to the spoiler thread on his website for details. I wound up feeling like he'd played me (as a reader) for a fool and won. He gets congratulations for that, but he won't get another chance.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A Weak Offering 27 novembre 2014
Par VicPylon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Grand Canyon-sized plot holes, characters with the IQ of moldy carrots and too much borrowed from "Ghost in the Shell" make this novel a non-starter. This coming from a Scalzi fan. Read "Redshirts" instead.
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