Occasionally, I like to try things outside of the genres I normally read. Straight up science fiction is one genre I generally don’t read, so I decided to try Lock In by John Scalzi.
I listened to the audio book, which not only included the first book in the Lock In series, but also an interesting little prequel. Both were enjoyable.
“Lock In” is caused by Haden’s Syndrome, which is caused by a flu-like virus that spread around the world extremely quickly. One side effect of the virus was for the patient to be completely trapped in their body, unable to move but completely aware of their surroundings and able to feel pain.
25 years after the first wave of the virus, everything the Hadens lost is replaced by simulated brain connections and robot-like units called “threeps”, an awesome reference to C3PO.
High profile Haden Chris Shane is a new FBI agent, partnered with Leslie Vann, and immediately thrust into a free-wheeling murder investigation. It is an exciting and fast-moving story that is fun to read.
Now, I have to say that I enjoyed reading about the virus and its effects much more than the mystery. I love medical apocalypse-type books (for example, one of my favorite books is The Stand by Stephen King) and this was a good one.
The novella Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome was equally fascinating. It reminds me of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War…in a good way. The fact that it is presented as an oral history makes it seem like the reader is experiencing the epidemic as it happens. Great fun! I recommend both!
My uncle was paralyzed in a car accident when he was in his twenties. He lived 30 years as a quadriplegic. He was an amazing person, deeply loved by his family and friends, and led a productive, independent life. He also had to live a life I can’t imagine. The whole time I was reading Lock In, I thought of him. It must be awful living like that; yet, he did it with grace and love. When he died almost 20 years ago from complications of his quadriplegia, the world lost an amazing man. We miss him and love him.
…today I am reading