Lock In by John Scalzi
Narrator: Amber Benson, Wil Wheaton
Length: 10 hrs
Date Read: February 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
A novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern SF
Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.
One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people “locked in”...including the President's wife and daughter.
Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.
This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse....
Publisher: Audible, Tor
Series: Lock In #1
Also by this author: Head On br> br>
Also in this series: Head On
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 3.75
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Lock In by John Scalzi was my first book by him but won’t be my last!
Overall Thoughts: If I were to classify this story it would be a fringe police mystery. A mystery that was very strong and equally twisty. The lead case workers, Chris and Leslie were a bit old school–think Cagney and Lacey if one of them was a guy. I liked it! The world was solid and made even more so with the bonus novella. My only complaint and probably why this didn’t rate higher was because of the number of times the words “said” and “say” were used. I know it is because I listened to it in audio but it clicked me out the story a LOT. Still I will be getting book 2 if this turns into a series.
Audio Thoughts This is going to be a bit different because this one had two different audiobooks and I listened to half of each! Both narrators were good but each were better at some things than the other. I have never compared the same book by two different narrators
Narrated By Wil Wheaton / Length: 10 hrs
Wil Wheaton did an excellent job with Chris and all the Heaps. He had great pacing and seemed to just grasp their personalities. I had a bit of a problem with his voice for Leslie.
Narrated By Amber Benson / Length: 11 hrs
Amber Benson was great with all the voices but her pacing was a little uneven. She nailed Leslie but Chris was a little off (though I lend that to Wil knocking his voice out of the park).
In the end, either would be worth the listen
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, Done! Reviews
(Just remembered that I have done it once before: Harry Potter and I would take Stephen Fry in the later books/Jim Dale in the younger years).