Imagine a virus that isn’t much worse than a mild flu. You get it and recover from it. But then imagine that you’re one of the unlucky people across the globe that is “locked in” after getting the virus. When you’re locked in, you know everything that’s going on around you, but you can’t react to any of it. John Scalzi imagines a world in the near future where this has happened. What’s interesting is that the book takes place 25 years after the Lock In virus has hit. People have dealt with the aftermath, and have adjusted to life after “Haden’s syndrome.”
FBI agent Chris Shane is brand new on the job and investigating a Haden-related murder. Certain people can “integrate” with Hadens victims, and Chris and his partner are trying to figure out if an integrator committed the crime. The post-Haden’s world is changing, which makes Agent Shane’s job even more difficult.
I don’t read a lot of science fiction, and I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because it sounded like it had less “hard science” than most science fiction. I liked that it was set in the near future, and that the premise sounded plausible. I also liked the mystery aspect of it. To me, it was more about the mystery than the science fiction. It doesn’t hurt that Scalzi is very funny. This book isn’t as funny as some his other books, but there is still some humor to it.