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 opponents head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are threeps, robot-like bodies controlled by people with Hadens Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it.Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.Is it an accident or murder? FBI Agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truthand in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field....
|Title||:||Head On (Lock In #2)|
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Head On (Lock In #2) Reviews
Dare I say this was better than Lock In?
With each new novel, John Scalzi renews his spot (in this reader's opinion) as the science fiction master of world building, character development and frank dialogue. He genuinely *gets* people and how they interact, and translates this understanding to the page with such ease.
If you're not reading Scalzi -- or listening to his audio books, narrated brilliantly by Wil Wheaton -- you are truly missing out.
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 risk, and death is always just around the corner.
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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 audience is Chris , the most famous Haden which happens ...more
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 little bored. I just wish there had been more consisten ...more
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.
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.
*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?
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 because:
1. I want Chris to be a girl because she's so fr ...more
2.5 out of 5 stars
Let 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, especially considering how interesting Lock In was.