Waiting on Wednesday 07/23/14
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!
I’ve always been more into fantasy and wasn’t always a big science fiction reader, and I still struggle sometimes with the hard sci-fi stuff. But I’m reading a lot more of it than I used to and I love it. When I first started getting into the genre, a lot of John Scalzi’s books (especially his Old Man’s War series) served as a gateway and really helped pave the way for more sci-fi in my reading. These days, I check out anything he writes because I know I can always count on his work to entertain me, so I’m pretty excited to read his upcoming book Lock In. And looks like I won’t have long to wait, as I received an ARC of it today!
“Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselvs “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.
One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the United States, that’s 1.7 million people “locked in”…including the President’s wife and daughter.
Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.
This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse….”