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

Head On (Lock In, #2)

John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. 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 oppone...

Details Head On (Lock In, #2)

TitleHead On (Lock In, #2)
Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreScience Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews Head On (Lock In, #2)

  • Matthew
    An enjoyable sequel to Lock In! 4.5 stars!I am a big fan of the world Scalzi has created. The science of the threeps, Hadens, and how that can all play into a mystery are very fascinating. I think that this book would be accessible to both mystery and sci-fi fans alike – it is just a bonus when you are a fan of both.Also, I have to say that I think I liked this better than Lock In. That is likely due to one of the two following reasons (or both...
  • jessica
    i went into this remembering next to nothing about what happened in the first book (didnt feel like a reread) - i only vaguely remembered that some people have robot bodies. lol. but thank goodness this acts as a standalone or else i would have been so lost! and for a book about a sport where the goal is to decapitate people, i was expecting this to have been a little more brutal, but the main focus was definitely on the police investigation (and...
  • 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 ...
  • Jilly
    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!*Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you?Come on!!Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead.Chris is out narrator and he/she is in the FBI, and look, I'm just going to assign Chris a gender right now because I'm not writing out he/she for every stupid thing I say. Chris is a girl. I've declared it becaus...
  • 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...
  • Mike
    Review for Lock In.Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this case Hilketa, a sport that combines football with gladiatorial combat and robot bodies. Of course all is not as it appears, billions of dollars in investments are at ris...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ashley
    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating).This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should, because it's great. The premise here is that in the near future, a disease called Haden's Syndrome (after the first lady of the US, it's most famous victim) makes it ...
  • Veronique
    Having loved Lock In (and the short story that started it all Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome), I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this sequel. As expected, we are offered another fast-paced police procedural set in a world very much like our own but with some important differences due to a percentage of the population suffering from Haden’s Syndrome, in effect locking people in their own bodies. The murder mystery is treated in...
  • Lauren
    Wry wit, social commentary, and a world full of stories: I really enjoy Scalzi's Lock In universe, and was happy to read this sequel. In this rich world of androids and humans, Scalzi explores the role of the body and mind in identity, and dis/ability, business and politics, all in a fun procedural buddy-cop format. Scalzi's mashup of genres is ever-entertaining and I hope he keeps going with this for a long while.
  • Vivian
    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens."This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and economical consequences of Hadens, especially how business and legislation are in a constant push and pull. It feels like a Washington D.C. story with the lens decidedl...
  • Lindsay
    Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are back and investigating the mysterious death of a professional athlete in Hillketa, a sport where all the players are affected by Haden's Syndrome. What follows is a multi-city investigation involving adultery and a corporate sports league where murders and violent crime are all over the place as someone desperately tries to cover-up what's actually happening and trying to stay one step ahead of the FBI.I thought th...
  • Lata
    First thoughts: fast-paced, love Vann and Shane’s interactions. And the business side of Hilketa was interesting.
  • Jane
    3 meh, this is an ok story-stars for the Audible edition of Head On, as narrated by Wil Wheaton. Add half a star for the great (as always) narration by Wil, and I'll throw in another half-star in appreciation of Scalzi managing to squeeze in the phrase "Applied directly to the forehead!"Overall: 4 stars, but I sure wish there'd been more Scalzi silliness.
  • 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.
  • Jenny Baker
    This is my least favorite Scalzi novel to date, but this wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as wowed as I was with Lock In and Old Man's War. The summary says that you can read this as a standalone, but I recommend that you read Lock In first. It took at least 50 pages for me to get into this. Once the story picked up I loved it, but there were too many ups and downs for me. One minute I was glued to the book and the next I was a littl...
  • Marianna Neal
    2.5 out of 5 starsLet me start out by saying I don't think this is a bad book. Furthermore, there were parts of Head On that I enjoyed and that actually gave me hope of finally "getting into" this book. But, unfortunately, it just didn't do much for me—the story, the characters, the writing... none of this went above average, hence the 2.5 out of 5 rating. It was just... OK. The idea of Head On is definitely much better than the execution, espe...
  • Anne
    I really do hope that there are more of these to come. I loved both books so much!
  • Maryam
    I always enjoy Scalzi’s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book.Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in real world nonetheless through their Threep. Although violent no player should be in real danger but everything changes when a player dies during a game and one of the aud...
  • 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...
  • ashley c
    Action film packed in paperback format. Self-contained mystery about a Haden athletic dying while on the field. That isn't too strange if you didn't read the first book. If you did, you'd know that a Haden is someone who is essentially in a coma physically but still able to perceive the world and go about their daily life piloting a robot body with their brain. The athletic died in his bed while his robot body was on the field, which wasn't suppo...
  • kartik narayanan
    Head On is a good follow up to Lock In. Most of the complaints I had about Lock In have been addressed here, while it still retains all of its strengths.In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - while it was let down by its poor storyline and paper thin characters. Rejoice! I liked the story in Head On and the characters, while not robust, are definitely better por...
  • 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 ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found here!TW: death (bc it’s a murder mystery)Compared to the first book, this one kind of sucked.Let me back it up. The first book had a great and enthralling plot that just sucked me in completely, along with great characters that I just absolutely loved because they were so complex. I devoured the whole book eagerly. I ended up wanting so much more and needed it at that second once I finished the book.But this book?T...
  • Robert
    If you liked Lock In you will probably like this. If you like murder mysteries and aren't opposed to SF you'll probably like this. If you liked anything else Scalzi has written you'll probably like this. And if you like witness protection cats, you will definitely like this!It doesn't repeat the whole subtext of Lock In and doesn't really replace that subtext with anything, but it tells an amusing tale of smart-arsery, corruption, murder, arson, ...
  • Kate
    I loved Lock In so much and this is every bit as good. Shane and Bank are such an unusual yet brilliant pair of FBI agents, like none others you'll meet, and the near future in which they operate is perfectly realised. And it's all so much fun! Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
  • Alan
    I have a confession to make, sports fans: I just can't get interested in sportsball—in any of the many, many (so many) combinations of spheroids (or ovoids) and rules and uniforms and fields with lines on them that obsess so many other people (worldwide; this is not just an American trait). So when I just now told you that Head On, the sequel to John Scalzi's Lock In, was recommended to me in part by "a lifelong fascination with murderball"—w...
  • Kiwi Begs2Differ ✎
    I love the concept of consciousness in Hadens, which Scalzi started in Loked in, here I liked the characters (Chris and Vann) and the humor but the mystery was overdone. 2.5 stars