Saturday, August 30, 2014

LOCK IN by John Scalzi

Haden’s syndrome is a physical and mental condition and disability with initial flu-like symptoms followed by possible secondary stage of meningitis….leading to complications in the third stage of complete paralysis of the nervous system…..not more than 100,000 people worldwide….experienced no physical or mental declines despite significant changes in their brain structure….this latter category would go on to become “Integrators.” Integrators are people who for a price allow their bodies to be used by Haden victims by the neural network placed in the brain allowing life experiences and adventures otherwise not available because of their current disability.

FBI Law Enforcement partners Agent Vann and Agent Shane investigate crimes committed by Integrators and begin their first case together collecting evidence on Integrator Nicholas Bell who allegedly murdered another Integrator in a hotel room meeting. As the case, moves forward Agents Vann and Shane discover a sinister plan to monopolize the neural network industry and produce a neural brain mesh net that takes total control of Integrators and their bodies enabling restricted access to perform unlawful deeds against the will of the Integrator. With the investigation at full speed, the Integrators are staging walkouts, traffic jams, and protests against the Abrams-Kettering Bill that cuts subsidies and programs for Hadens that would leave Integrators and Haden victims without opportunity for employment.

Lock In is a futuristic novel complete with mystery, suspense, intrigue, and a lesson in Neuroscience mixed
with computer technology. The storyline is believably written with clear explanation of the subject matter and recommended to add on your bookshelf and as a possible gifting opportunity to fellow book lovers.

I received this book free from the publisher Macmillan-Tor Forge through the Net Galley review program in exchange for an unbiased opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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