Here’s the full review, from the August issue:
This tightly plotted, highly imaginative SF/mystery takes place about 25 years after a virus called Haden’s syndrome left a small percentage of the world’s population locked inside their own bodies, conscious and aware of their surroundings but unable to interact in any way. The protagonists are a couple of very unusual FBI agents. Leslie Vann used to be an Integrator, someone who would allow a Haden’s patient to slip their consciousness inside her body (by way of a neutral network that could link the locked-in person with Vann’s own mind); Chris Shane is a Haden’s patient who, like many others, uses a “threep”—a mechanical personal transport controlled remotely via a neural network—to interact with the world. Together they must solve a most tantalizing mystery: Who used the body of an Integrator to commit murder? Like Isaac Asimov, in his classic novels featuring human detective Elijah Baley and his robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw, Scalzi builds a complete world from the ground up, layering on top of it a captivating mystery that could only exist in a world like this one. Another brilliant novel from a writer who has quickly become one of the genre’s most successful and intriguing practitioners.
Lock In will be published on August 26.