With every technological advance or changing situation, there is someone who may try to take advantage of it.

“Throwing a love seat out of a seventh-story window is a pretty good way to get the attention of the hotel security staff.”

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A rookie FBI agent, Chris Shane, has Haden’s syndrome. assigned to a division that investigates crimes involving Hadens. It’s been years the disease swept the country, killing many and locking some people into a state of permanent paralysis. Like many people who are locked in, Chris uses an android body to live a normal life.

People adapted. Technology adapted. And perhaps criminals did too.

Why is this on our bookshelf?

It has everything! The futuristic massively lethal pandemic. Virtual networks. Software and hacking. Even android technology!

And the android bodies are nicknamed threeps after C-3P0. I love it.

Rating (5 stars)

Murder? Check. Mystery? Check. Possible misuse of android technology and exploitation of Integrators? Check.

I’ve read many books featuring deadly diseases that sweep over a future world, but this book is not about the pandemic. Lock In is a technological crime thriller set in the future world the flu brought about.

So perhaps when I write about it the premise seems far fetched, but Scalzi makes it all too real. His writing brings the world to life and the plot is grounded by current realities; increasingly vulnerable technology, discrimination in society and virtual communities.

It’s a near-future police detective story that will keep you turning pages.