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Head on

A Novel of the Near Future

Book - 2018
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Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. All the players are "threeps," robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field. FBI agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth - and 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
Publisher: New York : Tor, c2018
ISBN: 9780765388919
Branch Call Number: SF SCA
Characteristics: 335 p. ;,22 cm


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Nov 11, 2019

Typical of Scalzi this is highly entertaining and easy to read . If you enjoy his work you will eat this one up. With its twists turns and action this would be a great movie. As an aside, am I the only old school SF reader who reminisced about "Roller Ball" while reading this piece? Enjoy it as I know you will.

Jul 16, 2019

A world where a virus causes brain alterations to those affected, the solution is to allow their consciousness to control robot bodies and bodies of those not affected.
These robots, called hadens, are able to participate in a game that combines the fun of football, hand to hand combat, baseball, and decapitation. But something goes wrong, and the FBI team dedicated to investigate Haden incidents are dispatched.

Feb 22, 2019

His books dealing with Hadens are some of his best, I am trying to read everything he wrote and have yet to be disappointed. The Asimov of today, I hope he slows down his production a bit, success often lowers quality when the money folks demand more-more-more.

Oct 12, 2018

Lock In was an interesting commentary on a society's reaction to disability. This is an untidy and complicated police procedural.

JessicaGma Oct 12, 2018

For a detective story about a future sportsball game, you'd think it would be dull but it was really intriguing. Being a non-sportsball person, I still got into the tale. I missed reading Locked -in so I'll have to get that one out.

Jul 26, 2018

Not as inventive or riveting as the first book, but a very good alt-future whodunnit indeed.

Jun 16, 2018

Set in the same world as Lock In, Scalzi gives us the further adventures of an FBI agent, who is paralyzed physically but active in both a virtual reality and the use of robotic like Threeps Along the way, Scalzi invents a game that makes football look like a board game and writes a pretty good murder mystery. Scalzi's usual wit shines through, too. All in all, a great novel by one of our best science fiction writers.

KateHillier May 10, 2018

I have been anxiously waiting for a sequel to "Lock In", a book I could not shut up about when I read it, and I consider my wait well worth it. The blend of near future and detective fiction works wonderfully still, as does Scalzi's accessible and witty prose. The focus in this book is the circling of companies looking to profit from a group of people (namely people who have Haden's Syndrome) being forced out of their primary place in certain services and products. There's a lot of money up for the taking and the people are being sidelined or killed as the case may be.

The mystery is great, the characters are great, and now I eagerly wait for a third book.

May 07, 2018

The first chapter is really awful. Horrible. Revolting. I almost quit reading. I'm glad I didn't. By the middle of the 2nd chapter, it gets interesting. By the middle of the book, you can't put it down. It's good. Just get through that ghastly intro, which does give you basic information upon which everything else is built, & the rest will be worth it. And it really shouldn't be classified as SciFi - this is absolutely a detective story.

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Jun 23, 2018

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