Review of Lock In by John Scalzi the first book of the Lock In Series. A near future science fiction thriller.
My review of Lock In by John Scalzi
Lock in is a near future science fiction crime thriller with a gripping plot. It is clever, witty, thrilling and absorbing.
Themes: Virtual reality, augmentation, gender, mystery, disability and the intersectionality of privilege.
My review from 2015 of Lock In by John Scalzi
“My first day at the job coincided with the first day of the Haden Walkout, and I’m not going to lie, that was some awkward timing.”
Lock In first and foremost a thriller and a crime story with a good and gripping plot. I had a hard time putting the book down, so I could do other things. I was listening to it so I got a lot of tasks around the apartment done while listing. It is clever, witty and thrilling. I was completely consumed by it.
This is very much a book about identity politics and about ableism and body politics. The protagonist’s gender is never mentioned in the book and I didn’t even notice while listening to it. As far as I can tell the protagonist is asexual.
It is very much a book about perception of others and of privilege and intersectionality. While the protagonist is living with a chronic incurable disability they also has very wealthy parents and is from a very privileged background. The politics around their disability is complicated enough to be real issues and they are explored within the novel.
I was consumed and fascinated by the book. Now a month later I want to read it again – something I very rarely do. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
The stats: Lock In
Published: 2014 by Tor Books
Read: February 26 to March 01, 2015
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Author: Male, white, USA
The protagonist: Agender, police officer
This review was originally posted: May 8, 2015. Updated June 25, 2023