"As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of a Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Canell to craft a whodunit with buddy-cop charm and suspects aplenty—most of them in someone else's body." —USA Today
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 opponent’s 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 Haden’s 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 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.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
John Scalzi’s near-future tale of sports, technology, and murder explores thorny issues around disability politics. Individuals afflicted with Haden’s Syndrome, known as Hadens, can control robots with their minds during games known as Hilketa. The action is brutal, but no one is supposed to get hurt—until a player dies during a game and the clues to explain his death disappear. FBI agent Chris Shane’s investigation delves into a world of shady dealings and Haden intrigue. Scalzi’s thriller is a smart, entertaining mix of sci-fi and crime fiction.
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Hopefully this is just the continuing adventures of Shane and Vann.
I love John Scalzi’s books, just like I love Robert Heinlein. I crave to read their books. The first time I read Scalzi, I felt like the first time I read Heinlein......in love and can not get enough.
But this one was a disappointment. It is a formula book. I thought the traveling body for bed ridden people was a new and good idea, but the story was too predictable in every way.
I still can’t wait for the Scalzi book, I’m just hoping it’s as rich with characters and situations as his first books have been.