Head On by John Scalzi
Narrator: Amber Benson, Wil Wheaton
Date Read: April 17, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi's trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.
Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are “threeps,” robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it.
Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.
Is it an accident or murder? FBI Agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth―and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: Lock In #2
Also by this author: Lock In br> br>
Also in this series: Lock In
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: Wil Wheaton (4) Amber Benson (4)—you can’t go wrong with either narration 🙂
Quick Thoughts: I really like the spin on a traditional mystery/thriller. At it’s heart that is what this is and Scalzi did good! I actually liked the mystery better in this one and can’t wait for another.
Audio Thoughts: Though I clearly think of the character as one sex not the other–I still enjoy both versions of the narration. Will and Amber have different styles and they each bring something to the story! To be clear, you can get either Will or Amber they are 2 different audiobooks. I just got both since I did it for the first one too. I like comparing!
No samples available of Head On but there is of Lock In so here you go: