Head On (Lock In #2)

Head On (Lock In #2)

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 o John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed...

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Title:Head On (Lock In #2)
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Number of Pages:335 pages pages

Head On (Lock In #2) Reviews

  • Maryam
    May 14, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

  • Renay
    Mar 26, 2017

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

  • Lorena
    Apr 28, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

    I loved John Scalzi's Old Man's War books. I've tried reading his latest two, this and the Collapsing Empire, and I highly doubt I'll be reading any more. The books have turned dull and predictable, the writing style sophomoric (as if these were his actual first novels) and his ad hoc ...

    3 meh, this is an ok story-stars for the Audible edition of Head On, as narrated by Wil Wheaton. Add half a star for the great (as always) narration by Wil, and I'll throw in another half-star in appreciation of Scalzi managing to squeeze in the phrase "Applied directly to the forehead...

    If you liked Lock In you will probably like this. If you like murder mysteries and aren't opposed to SF you'll probably like this. If you liked anything else Scalzi has written you'll probably like this. And if you like witness protection cats, you will definitely like this! It does...

    Dare I say this was better than Lock In? With each new novel, John Scalzi renews his spot (in this reader's opinion) as the science fiction master of world building, character development and frank dialogue. He genuinely *gets* people and how they interact, and translates this unde...

    This book isn't even out yet and it has a rating... because I liked the first book, I'm giving this one an anticipatory rating to counter! ...

    This review can also be found here! TW: death (bc it?s a murder mystery) Compared to the first book, this one kind of sucked. Let me back it up. The first book had a great and enthralling plot that just sucked me in completely, along with great characters that I just absol...

    This was awesome fun. Super easy to read, fast paced, not really heavy in the scifi element at all. Set in the same world as the previous Lock In, but tbe mystery revolves around this futuristic sport. I loved the crime element and the workings/political/business world buidling behind ...

    3.5 ...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley. 3.5 stars. A fun, light, fast-paced read, with Scalzi's trademark snappy dialog. Having just read the first book in the series, I went into this one with a better sense of the tone for the series, and prepared for the fact that, while i...

  • Lauren
    May 15, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

  • Ashley
    Jun 19, 2017

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

  • Robert
    May 07, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

    I loved John Scalzi's Old Man's War books. I've tried reading his latest two, this and the Collapsing Empire, and I highly doubt I'll be reading any more. The books have turned dull and predictable, the writing style sophomoric (as if these were his actual first novels) and his ad hoc ...

    3 meh, this is an ok story-stars for the Audible edition of Head On, as narrated by Wil Wheaton. Add half a star for the great (as always) narration by Wil, and I'll throw in another half-star in appreciation of Scalzi managing to squeeze in the phrase "Applied directly to the forehead...

    If you liked Lock In you will probably like this. If you like murder mysteries and aren't opposed to SF you'll probably like this. If you liked anything else Scalzi has written you'll probably like this. And if you like witness protection cats, you will definitely like this! It does...

  • Vivian
    May 12, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

  • kartik narayanan
    May 06, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

  • Michael
    Apr 18, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

  • Bradley
    Apr 06, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

  • Denise
    Jun 12, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

    I loved John Scalzi's Old Man's War books. I've tried reading his latest two, this and the Collapsing Empire, and I highly doubt I'll be reading any more. The books have turned dull and predictable, the writing style sophomoric (as if these were his actual first novels) and his ad hoc ...

    3 meh, this is an ok story-stars for the Audible edition of Head On, as narrated by Wil Wheaton. Add half a star for the great (as always) narration by Wil, and I'll throw in another half-star in appreciation of Scalzi managing to squeeze in the phrase "Applied directly to the forehead...

    If you liked Lock In you will probably like this. If you like murder mysteries and aren't opposed to SF you'll probably like this. If you liked anything else Scalzi has written you'll probably like this. And if you like witness protection cats, you will definitely like this! It does...

    Dare I say this was better than Lock In? With each new novel, John Scalzi renews his spot (in this reader's opinion) as the science fiction master of world building, character development and frank dialogue. He genuinely *gets* people and how they interact, and translates this unde...

    This book isn't even out yet and it has a rating... because I liked the first book, I'm giving this one an anticipatory rating to counter! ...

    This review can also be found here! TW: death (bc it?s a murder mystery) Compared to the first book, this one kind of sucked. Let me back it up. The first book had a great and enthralling plot that just sucked me in completely, along with great characters that I just absol...

    This was awesome fun. Super easy to read, fast paced, not really heavy in the scifi element at all. Set in the same world as the previous Lock In, but tbe mystery revolves around this futuristic sport. I loved the crime element and the workings/political/business world buidling behind ...

    3.5 ...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Apr 18, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

  • Suzanne
    Apr 20, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

  • Mike
    Feb 05, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

  • Vagabond of Letters
    Apr 28, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

    I loved John Scalzi's Old Man's War books. I've tried reading his latest two, this and the Collapsing Empire, and I highly doubt I'll be reading any more. The books have turned dull and predictable, the writing style sophomoric (as if these were his actual first novels) and his ad hoc ...

  • Harmony
    Nov 06, 2016

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

    I loved John Scalzi's Old Man's War books. I've tried reading his latest two, this and the Collapsing Empire, and I highly doubt I'll be reading any more. The books have turned dull and predictable, the writing style sophomoric (as if these were his actual first novels) and his ad hoc ...

    3 meh, this is an ok story-stars for the Audible edition of Head On, as narrated by Wil Wheaton. Add half a star for the great (as always) narration by Wil, and I'll throw in another half-star in appreciation of Scalzi managing to squeeze in the phrase "Applied directly to the forehead...

    If you liked Lock In you will probably like this. If you like murder mysteries and aren't opposed to SF you'll probably like this. If you liked anything else Scalzi has written you'll probably like this. And if you like witness protection cats, you will definitely like this! It does...

    Dare I say this was better than Lock In? With each new novel, John Scalzi renews his spot (in this reader's opinion) as the science fiction master of world building, character development and frank dialogue. He genuinely *gets* people and how they interact, and translates this unde...

    This book isn't even out yet and it has a rating... because I liked the first book, I'm giving this one an anticipatory rating to counter! ...

  • jessica
    Jun 03, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

  • Lindsay
    Jun 09, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

  • Veronique
    Oct 29, 2017

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

  • Lata
    Jun 09, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    May 31, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

    I loved John Scalzi's Old Man's War books. I've tried reading his latest two, this and the Collapsing Empire, and I highly doubt I'll be reading any more. The books have turned dull and predictable, the writing style sophomoric (as if these were his actual first novels) and his ad hoc ...

    3 meh, this is an ok story-stars for the Audible edition of Head On, as narrated by Wil Wheaton. Add half a star for the great (as always) narration by Wil, and I'll throw in another half-star in appreciation of Scalzi managing to squeeze in the phrase "Applied directly to the forehead...

    If you liked Lock In you will probably like this. If you like murder mysteries and aren't opposed to SF you'll probably like this. If you liked anything else Scalzi has written you'll probably like this. And if you like witness protection cats, you will definitely like this! It does...

    Dare I say this was better than Lock In? With each new novel, John Scalzi renews his spot (in this reader's opinion) as the science fiction master of world building, character development and frank dialogue. He genuinely *gets* people and how they interact, and translates this unde...

    This book isn't even out yet and it has a rating... because I liked the first book, I'm giving this one an anticipatory rating to counter! ...

    This review can also be found here! TW: death (bc it?s a murder mystery) Compared to the first book, this one kind of sucked. Let me back it up. The first book had a great and enthralling plot that just sucked me in completely, along with great characters that I just absol...

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Apr 15, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Apr 17, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

  • Jenny Baker
    Dec 17, 2017

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

  • Donna Backshall
    Nov 07, 2017

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

    I loved John Scalzi's Old Man's War books. I've tried reading his latest two, this and the Collapsing Empire, and I highly doubt I'll be reading any more. The books have turned dull and predictable, the writing style sophomoric (as if these were his actual first novels) and his ad hoc ...

    3 meh, this is an ok story-stars for the Audible edition of Head On, as narrated by Wil Wheaton. Add half a star for the great (as always) narration by Wil, and I'll throw in another half-star in appreciation of Scalzi managing to squeeze in the phrase "Applied directly to the forehead...

    If you liked Lock In you will probably like this. If you like murder mysteries and aren't opposed to SF you'll probably like this. If you liked anything else Scalzi has written you'll probably like this. And if you like witness protection cats, you will definitely like this! It does...

    Dare I say this was better than Lock In? With each new novel, John Scalzi renews his spot (in this reader's opinion) as the science fiction master of world building, character development and frank dialogue. He genuinely *gets* people and how they interact, and translates this unde...

  • Jilly
    May 15, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

  • Gary
    Apr 16, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

  • Obsidian
    Apr 24, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

  • Roy
    May 24, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

    I loved John Scalzi's Old Man's War books. I've tried reading his latest two, this and the Collapsing Empire, and I highly doubt I'll be reading any more. The books have turned dull and predictable, the writing style sophomoric (as if these were his actual first novels) and his ad hoc ...

    3 meh, this is an ok story-stars for the Audible edition of Head On, as narrated by Wil Wheaton. Add half a star for the great (as always) narration by Wil, and I'll throw in another half-star in appreciation of Scalzi managing to squeeze in the phrase "Applied directly to the forehead...

    If you liked Lock In you will probably like this. If you like murder mysteries and aren't opposed to SF you'll probably like this. If you liked anything else Scalzi has written you'll probably like this. And if you like witness protection cats, you will definitely like this! It does...

    Dare I say this was better than Lock In? With each new novel, John Scalzi renews his spot (in this reader's opinion) as the science fiction master of world building, character development and frank dialogue. He genuinely *gets* people and how they interact, and translates this unde...

    This book isn't even out yet and it has a rating... because I liked the first book, I'm giving this one an anticipatory rating to counter! ...

    This review can also be found here! TW: death (bc it?s a murder mystery) Compared to the first book, this one kind of sucked. Let me back it up. The first book had a great and enthralling plot that just sucked me in completely, along with great characters that I just absol...

    This was awesome fun. Super easy to read, fast paced, not really heavy in the scifi element at all. Set in the same world as the previous Lock In, but tbe mystery revolves around this futuristic sport. I loved the crime element and the workings/political/business world buidling behind ...

  • Jane
    Mar 26, 2018

    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a spor...

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel U...

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality. I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too,...

    At some point in the future ? when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory ? a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelis...

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!* Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you? Come on!! Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead. Chris is out narrator and he/she ...

    Review for Lock In. Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this c...

    A Solid 4 Star Read In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after ...

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/... I?m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement...

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating). This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should...

    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn?t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important...

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens." This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and ...

    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders a...

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world. ...

    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages f...

    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a f...

    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane?s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting. ...

    I always enjoy Scalzi?s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book. Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in r...

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. T...

    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths. In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - whil...

    I?m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world?s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called ?Locked-In?and us...

    I heard him read from this at a recent event and I almost fell out of my chair because I was leaning forward in suspense. IT'S GONNA BE SO GOOD. ...

    I loved John Scalzi's Old Man's War books. I've tried reading his latest two, this and the Collapsing Empire, and I highly doubt I'll be reading any more. The books have turned dull and predictable, the writing style sophomoric (as if these were his actual first novels) and his ad hoc ...

    3 meh, this is an ok story-stars for the Audible edition of Head On, as narrated by Wil Wheaton. Add half a star for the great (as always) narration by Wil, and I'll throw in another half-star in appreciation of Scalzi managing to squeeze in the phrase "Applied directly to the forehead...