Head On (Lock In, #2) by John Scalzi

Head On (Lock In, #2)

John Scalzi returns with Head On, a chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural. Head On brings Scalzi's trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like th...

Details Head On (Lock In, #2)

TitleHead On (Lock In, #2)
Release DateApr 19th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreScience Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews Head On (Lock In, #2)

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot.  The prequel Unlocked (which should actually be read after Lock In) was fantastic, as it was presented as a documentary on how 1% of the population ended up being locked in their mind...
  • Bradley
    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality.I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too, so I had a great time on that alone. But here's the funny part: the sports aspect is unique as hell and full of some great twists. :) Such as getting your head pulled ...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    A Solid 4 Star ReadIn a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after each other with melee weapons. It’s team gladiatorial combat, on a football field, with a nerdy scoring system. It’s all the violence every other team sport wishes it...
  • Mike
    Full review to come. Another excellent near future mystery from the ever enjoyable Scalzi. Snappy dialogue and an interesting mystery taking place in a well imagined and developed near future earth. Love the sci-fi and loved the characters.If you wanted to know about Hilketa (the fictional game from this book) here you go, courtesy of Tor.For those fans of Scalzi out there he will be on tour in April for his new book Head On. Looks like I will ge...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/...I’m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement that I picked up Head On, which is described as its standalone sequel. And indeed, you may choose to read this without having read the first book, but personally I fee...
  • Gary
    At some point in the future – when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory – a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will likely be held as one of its most successful and admired specimens. By blogger/novelist I don’t mean “novelist who blogs”, or blogger who turns their blog into a book, but of a specific mutant hybrid of both mediums. Scalzi has transposed all t...
  • Suzanne
    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world.
  • Obsidian
    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.Not a lot to say here besides I freaking loved this book. I loved Lock In (the first book in the series) and the world that John Scalzi created. I adored the characters of Vann and Chris. Though the book is told via Chris's POV, I do wish one of the books would be told in Vann's POV. She is just my favorite.It's been several months or at least a year sinc...
  • Michael
    I’m so glad that Scalzi returns to the fascinating near-future world of Hadens, people representing about 1% of the world’s population who were stricken with an epidemic causing neural damage in a pattern leaving them totally unable to move. This state, called “Locked-In”and used for the earlier novel’s title, was the target of a massive, “moonshot” of government sponsored research efforts and subsidies which led to the development ...
  • Harmony
    This book isn't even out yet and it has a rating... because I liked the first book, I'm giving this one an anticipatory rating to counter!
  • Xavi
    6/10Flojito. Lo salva el escenario, porque la trama es floja, floja...creo que las novelas de policías no son lo suyo.https://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/20...
  • Philip
    4ish stars. John Scalzi succeeds again at writing accessible science fiction, but here also succeeds in writing something tense and mysterious, unlike some of his lighter fare. It's interesting, science-y (or at least science-ish) science fiction that's well plotted and edited. Well done, again, Mr. Scalzi.
  • Rob
    Executive Summary: As with most Scalzi books, this one is light and fun without a ton of depth. Audiobook: Wil Wheaton is always a good fit for John Scalzi, and here is no different. I do mean to try to the Amber Benson version of the books at some point, but for me Wil Wheaton will always be my first choice for a Scalzi book. Full Review At this point I've read nearly all of John Scalzi's books and enjoyed most of them. Lock In was no different....
  • FanFiAddict
    Another Scalzi book, narrated by Wil Wheaton, that I crushed in less than two (2) days. That should give you some inclination as to how enjoyable and engrossing the two (2) novels in this series have been. In Head On, the sequel to Lock In, we venture into the future world of professional sports and the investigation surrounding the death of a star athlete. Hilketa is a brutal and fast-paced game played with hammers and swords. The goal being to...
  • Stuart Rodriguez
    John Scalzi writes incredibly fun and eminently readable fiction, and Head On, sequel to 2014’s Lock In, is another fun, fast read. ARC reviewed for BSC’s spring newsletter.Head On again follows Haden FBI Detective Chris Shane and his partner, Leslie Vann, this time as they investigate the death of a Haden athlete who plays a game called Hilketa, which is something kinda like gladiatorial soccer, with threeps. More mysterious deaths, corporat...
  • NormaCenva
    I am not into sports at all but I still loved the story. The humor here is so good! I loved to be able to spend time with the characters too. Now on the way to listen to the book a second time, with a female voiceover now. Hope the series will continue.
  • Coolcurry
    While Head On is a sequel to Scalzi’s earlier science fiction novel, Lock In , it’s a stand alone mystery story. Still, I would suggest starting with Lock In so you can get to know the world and characters before diving into Head On.FBI Agent Chris Shane is watching a live game of hilketa, where players operating robotic bodies (“threeps”) attempt to behead each other on the playing field. The game is a showcase for potential investors in...
  • Lis Carey
    Chris Shane, FBI agent and most famous Haden (survivor of Haden syndrome, "locked in" to their own body and navigating the world in robot bodies, "threeps"), is attending a hiketta game with their parents. The Shanes are billionaires, only in part because Marcus Shane was a star NBA player.[We continue to get no hint of Chris's gender, and if you get the audiobook, you can choose between Wil Wheaton or Amber Benson as the narrator. I chose Wheato...
  • Carrie
    While the second novel in the Lock In series, John Scalzi's Head On can be enjoyed as a stand-alone read. Scalzi continues with his seamless ability to blend mystery and science fiction in this futuristic cop procedural novel.This novel brings Scalzi's characteristic humor and dialogue as Shane and Vann investigate when a player of the futuristic game, Hilketa, dies among the threeps. We are brought back into the Haden world with Shane one year a...
  • Joel
    I normally enjoy Scalzi books quite a bit. Even among the sea of really good books he's put out, Lock In - and the subsequent novella - were among my favorite that he'd produced. Interesting concept, great execution, great characters. When I found out there'd be more in the series, I was beyond stoked, and I'm glad to say that Head On lived up to my expectations. It was 'more of the same', while not being 'more of the same' - he didn't go the saf...
  • Balthasaar
    Warning: it is a direct sequel & I can't imagine it would be 1/2 as enjoyable if you havn't read the first one & understand how the Hayden robots work. Solid, fast, funny, a good near future mystery.Fuck it, I'm calling it a Nior. the protagonists are clean as a whistle but everything in world around them is so so dirty.Scalzi's best yet in his 'I'm going to teach you about intersectionality and you're not even going to realize it' books and the ...
  • Billie
    Scalzi once again manages to skillfully blend a bunch of stuff I really like—science fiction, crime fiction, shit blowing up, smart-assery—into a single entertainment delivery package. He also manages, once again, to never reveal Chris's gender without it feeling awkward or contrived. This was quite a feat to pull of in one book. To continue it so successfully in a second book takes a lot of skill. This element, as much as I dismissed it as a...
  • Michael Kremen
    3.5*3.5*Short Version: I liked this book. I liked the first in this series (?), Lock In, better, as the concepts were fresher. I like the non-sex-defined narrator/main character and the partner, but I have issues stylistically. I can see this being a long-running series.Long Version (potential spoilers): Look, I finished the book in 2 days. It goes quickly, which is clearly intentional. But, now that we are two books in, it is also clear that the...
  • Karsyn
    Received from NetGalley for my honest review.Back to the world of Haden's with Chris Shane. I really liked this book and I think I liked it even better than the first one. For me there was some confusion over who was who in the first one, maybe that was just getting use to the whole Intergraters vs Hadens vs Threeps, or it just was a little more confusing. This one was easier to follow and though I figured out "whodunit" fairly early, it was stil...
  • Colin Versteeg
    I honestly feel bad about rating this book a 3. I still think it's great, and a super enjoyable read, but it had so much more potential.First off, I'm convinced that this series would make an exceptional television series or procedural movie. Seriously, NBC or Netflix or somebody should option this. It reads like a deeper Baldacci or Patterson or Lewis book - an incredibly enjoyable crime procedural, just with more depth. This is really the great...
  • Clephiro
    Scalzi writes very interesting sci-fi and his return to the world of Lock In was just what I expected.Head On picks up where Lock In left off. When a potential murder takes place in a Hayden sports league of Hilketa, FBI agents Chris and Leslie are on the case. Hilketa is brutal and potentially making a breakout in Europe and Asia, there is big money on the line. The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated ...