Lock In by John Scalzi

I hope all my American readers had a lovely Thanksgiving. I’ve had the week off of teaching, which has provided lots of time for reading. Good books like this one.

Published: 2014

Genre: science fiction

Length: 334 pages

Setting: a future Earth

Interest: It’s Scalzi’s latest book. I’ve read his others (including the Old Man’s War series and Redshirts) and his blog and happened to see this one in the library.

Summary: A new virus has ravaged humanity. A small percentage of people who contract the disease end up with lock-in syndrome, called Haden syndrome. Significant technological advances have occurred to allow these people to participate in society. A bill is passed reducing subsidies to those with Haden syndrome, which results in a shake-up of the business market. Our narrator, with Haden syndrome, is a recent FBI hire. He’s brough in on a murder case that’s ultimately tied to changes in the Haden community.

Final thoughts: The setting for this book is so awesome, and you learn all the history in essentially a high school essay. Haden syndrome is like an extra character in the book. The story is essentially a who-done-it, but the tech and the disease make it so much better than your standard mystery. Scalzi’s books are quick reads, and this one is no exception. Very enjoyable.

Title comes from: All the people with Haden syndrome have what we call lock-in syndrome.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 88/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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