- ISBN: 9780765388926
- ISBN: 0765388928
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (335 pages)
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Tor, 
- Note: "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Library Journal Review
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The latest hot sport Hilketa consists of teams of players who attack each other with weaponry, rip off their opponent's head, and send it through the goalposts. With "threeps" (robot bodies controlled by those afflicted with Haden's Syndrome) as players, this violent game attracts major crowds and investors until one star athlete dies in the middle of a game under mysterious circumstances. FBI agents Chris Shane and Leslie Vann (introduced in Lock In) are called in once again to investigate this Haden-related crime and discover a darker world of sex, drugs, and deals gone wrong. When Shane's parents are courted as possible investors in the game, he must use his own experience as a Haden and his investigative skills to discover the truth before more deaths accumulate. VERDICT This sequel to Lock In continues the intriguing partnership of two agents with their own unique Haden experiences in a world not too far removed from our own. Scalzi's accessible prose will keep readers on a page-turning course to the book's finale. [See Prepub Alert, 11/15/17.]-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton Â© Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Hugo-winner Scalzi returns to the fascinating world of the near-future thriller Locked In with this provocative sequel. Chris Shane was the poster child for Haden's syndrome, a condition in which a lively mind is trapped in an unresponsive body. Like other "Hadens," Chris uses an implanted neural network to control a "threep," an android body, and interact with the rest of the corporeal world. He works as an FBI agent handling Haden's-related cases alongside his partner Leslie Vann. This time, they are called to investigate the suspicious death of professional hilketa player Duane Chapman during a match. Hilketa (it means "murder" in Basque) is a violent sport of carnage and decapitations played by Hadens in specially built threeps; the damage dealt to Chapman's threep shouldn't have affected his physical body, but he reported unusual pain from his threep's injuries and then died. The sport is growing in popularity and money-making potential, bringing the possibility of corruption. Is the North American Hilketa League trying to cover up some skullduggery, or did Chapman's jilted wife kill him? Chris and Leslie need to uncover the truth before the tangled case ignites a national scandal. Scalzi expands his complex future with master strokes, balancing buddy-cop wryness with thought-provoking social and political commentary. This taut mystery, filled with memorable characters in a well-constructed world, will keep readers on the edges of their seats. (Apr.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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*Starred Review* The sequel to Scalzi's sf mystery Lock In (2014) is, like its predecessor, a tightly plotted police procedural with several interesting twists. For starters, in this near-future world, a small but substantial percentage of the population has been stricken with what's known as Haden's syndrome, which locks people inside their own bodies conscious and able to feel sensation but unable to communicate or interact with the world. But this doesn't mean Hadens, as they're known, are not part of society; using personal transportation devices popularly known as threeps, they are able to have fulfilling lives and careers. For example, Chris Shane is an FBI agent; in Lock In, Chris and fellow agent Leslie Vann (who is not a Haden) uncovered a nasty truth about one of the world's most famous Hadens. Now, in the sequel, they're looking into the death of a professional athlete, a Haden whose body expired at the same time his threep sustained major injuries a death that shouldn't have been possible. Soon after, another man dies, and what appeared to be an isolated suspicious death begins to look like part of a conspiracy. Scalzi is one of the sf genre's most popular writers, and it's easy to see why: his prose flows like a river, smoothly carrying us through the story; his characters are beautifully crafted; and his future world is impeccably designed, at the same time wildly imaginative and wholly plausible. Let's hope the author doesn't wait another three-plus years to deliver another book set in this exciting world.--Pitt, David Copyright 2018 Booklist