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A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as "Haden’s syndrome," rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

But "complicated" doesn’t begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery – and the real crime – is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It’s nothing you could have expected.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 16, 2014 – Hugo-winner Scalzi (Redshirts) successfully shifts away from space opera with this smart, thoughtful near-future thriller resonant with the themes of freedom, ethics, and corporate greed. The story is set some 25 years after the first appearance of Haden's Syndrome, a virus that killed 400 million people and leaves a small percentage of its victims in "Lock In," a state in which they are fully aware but trapped inside unresponsive bodies. Neural net technology allows Hadens to use android-like "threeps" or make arrangements with Integrators, survivors whose virus-altered brains allow them to share their bodies. When a corpse is found at the Watergate hotel and the only suspect is a blood-covered Integrator who says he doesn't remember what transpired, newly minted FBI agent Chris Shane and veteran agent Leslie Vann are called in to investigate, uncovering an intricate tangle of political and business interests. Scalzi's characters possess tangible motivations and inhabit a thoroughly believable world, and the growing partnership between Shane and Vann is a pleasure to watch unfold. This powerful novel will intrigue and entertain both fans and newcomers.

Customer Reviews

Lock In

I LOVE that this book was published without DRM software. Thanks!
I can read it on any of my devices.
I hope more books are e-published this way.

Loved it

I have read all of Scalzi's books. Most are good, a few not so good. This was by far the best one I have read. Funny, interesting, and engaging. I read the book in one night and only wish I had more.

Great read!

I have looked forward to reading this book since I first heard it was being published. It was worth the wait! The book was an easy read, but the computer stuff left me a little confused. Must be my age! I found myself eager to finish it, but regret that I read it so fast that the end of the book came too quickly. I would read one page at a sitting just to drag it out, it was that good.
Read it, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Published: Aug 26, 2014
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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