Lock In by John Scalzi

JOhn Scalzi, Lock In, book journey

In the future, a virus blankets the earth.  For some, the symptoms are flu-like and than they get better… for others… the virus causes what becomes known as “lock-in. victims are fully alert and aware of their surroundings but unable to move or voice a response.

25 years later, the results of this virus is now called ‘Haden’s Syndrome.’  Newly appointed FBI agent Chris Shane is assigned to a case that appears to be a Haden related murder. The suspect is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

As Chris and his partner Van start to dig into the crime, what they find is bigger than they had imagined.



Recently I posted about a book I reviewed that I was hoping a bit more dystopian than it was and a little less sci fi than it was…. and now, with Lock In, I found what I was looking for.  Lock In gave me the dystopian I was craving and while this synopsis was a bit out of my league… it was the narration by Wil Wheaton sold me on giving it a try in audio format.  Wil Wheaton is one of the few narrators I have actually tracked by what they narrated because they are so incredible at it.  Nicely played John Scalzi.

Lock In was brilliant.  While it took me a while to fully picture what was happening, once I got it, it was a fun listen.  With John Scalzi’s quick wit writing and Wil Wheaton’s perfect execution of the narration – readers are in for a pretty sweet ride.  Treat yourself to this one in audio.

I see author John Scalzi has used Wil in other audio as well which I will be checking out soon.



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 10 hours
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.com Release Date: August 26, 2014




10 thoughts on “Lock In by John Scalzi

  1. I really like the idea of this book… It sounds like a unique take on dystopian. Being someone who enjoys crime fiction I like that this incorporates that. I’ll keep an eye out for this one.

  2. I just finished listening to this one too and really liked it! I don’t know if you realize, but Scalzi did something interesting with gender in this book. They actually produced two versions of the audio, the one with Wheaton (which I listened to, too) and one with a female narrator. And never once in the book do they actually say that Chris is male or female – like it’s up to the reader to interpret that (or that it doesn’t even matter, maybe is what Scalzi is trying to say?). Anyway – I thought that was an interesting element and something very different, that I hadn’t seen done before!

  3. All I had to do was read “for others… the virus causes what becomes known as “lock-in. victims are fully alert and aware of their surroundings but unable to move or voice a response.” to know this isn’t a book for me. Great review.

  4. This book sounds great; like a good one for me to read after Dog Stars by Peter Heller, about a time 10 years after the flu swept the earth almost empty of humans.

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