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    "As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of a Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Cannell 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 stand-alone follow-up to the New York Times best-selling 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.

    ©2018 John Scalzi (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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    • The Office Troll
    • 25/03/2019

    Disappointing sequel

    Didn't really feel like there was much to this story. I really enjoyed the first one, so I found this to be disappointing at best.

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    • B. Lewis
    • 09/03/2019

    Just ok

    It is a semi-interesting story that ends up just falling flat after awhile. It had great potential but it never really took off. There were a slew of characters that weren’t even really necessary. I think this series has potential if the author actually commits to it being a sci-fi murder mystery story and less a political drama (which this one felt like). Will Wheaton is one reason I bought it - he is absolutely one of the best narrators.

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    • C. White
    • 17/04/2018

    THIS is why I read SciFi! Scalzi gets into your head (be it on or off)

    I don't know if you can call this a non-bias review considering I pre-ordered the book, downloaded it at 12:01am on its release date, and then promptly put in a marathon listening session to complete the book. To say that I'm a John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton fanboy would be an understatement. With that said, I did fully enjoy the book. I felt it fell slightly short of "Locked In" (think the difference between an "A" and an "A-"). As with the pervious book, the supposedly intelligent individuals perpetrating the cover up/conspiracy do some awfully stupid things (not to mention how conveniently agent Shane just happens to be in the "right place at the right time") but that is not the point of "Head On". The point is the journey and the immersive everyday details that Scalzi incorporates into the fascinating alternative Haden reality. As with all of Scalzi's previous efforts, the book is filled with snarky quick witted characters that are maybe a bit too sarcastic for their own good, but add to the enjoyable atmosphere of the book. What I really found interesting was how Scalzi raised several thought provoking issues such fidelity in Haden culture, discrimination of "normals" in the Haden culture, and even why being a Haden doesn't preclude someone from being a crazy cat owner ;) The bottom line is simply this... This IS a John Scalzi book, if you have enjoyed any of his other works, then you will enjoy this further exploration into the Haden universe.

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    • Sara
    • 06/08/2018

    favorite new Scalzi series

    I'm a big fan of John Scalzi's novels, and the Lock In series is becoming a favorite. Head On is the sequel to Scalzi's 2014 book Lock In, and I'd definitely recommend reading Lock In first, if you haven't already. The series takes place in the near future, following a pandemic flu that has left many people 'locked in' and suffering from Haden's syndrome -- they're mentally alert but unable to move or speak. They're freed from lock-in by android-like personal vehicles ("threeps") that connect to their brains through a neural network and allow them to move around in the world. The protagonist of the series is Chris Shane, a Haden who joins the FBI and solves crimes that involve other Hadens. The world of Hadens makes for a lot of interesting plot twists and some thought-provoking moments about what it means to be human.

    One of the things I really enjoy about this series, and a tribute to Scalzi's talent as a writer, is that both Lock In and Head On are written in a gender-neutral way -- Scalzi never states whether Chris Shane is male or female. So it's really fun to listen to both narrations, one by Wil Wheaton (who's my favorite narrator for anything Scalzi related) and another version by Amber Benson. Both narrators are excellent, and if you can afford to get both versions of the book, it's worth listening to both.

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    • Jacob C
    • 06/02/2019

    Great narration, average story

    I generally very much enjoy Scalzi’s books, but this one just felt like it lacked the depth, twists and turns of his others. Wheaton was a great narrator as always.

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    • T. Brown
    • 02/05/2018

    Good Lock-in Universe Story

    If you liked Lock In, then you’ll like this. Not too much rehashing of main themes. Still touches on some interesting thought experiments about a world with Lockins. Reads like a good crime novel with some good one-liners. I thought it was just a bit over complicated in the end. But in all fairness, it’s not like anybody would read the book if it was a simple whodunnit and where it took months/years to solve the mystery like it would with the real FBI.

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    • Richard
    • 24/01/2019

    Meh

    Kinda boring. While listening to it while driving it was more background noise than anything that kept me engrossed. It was interesting enough for me not to return it, but I wouldn't have bothered getting it knowing what I know now.
    After hearing all the other great narrators out there, I'm finding Wheaton isn't all that great.

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    • Gregg
    • 22/01/2019

    Not Scalzi’s best

    The plot was a little convoluted and the story got a little preachy. Usually when I listen to Scalzi, I find myself laughing out loud and people around me think I might be nuts. The story didn’t have one lmao moment. Okay book—but I always look forward with anticipation to a Scalzi book—I expect much better. Will Wheaton was great as usual.

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    • Kevin Kim
    • 07/01/2019

    it was fine.

    Story was fine. Just felt like a single tale in a series, but I expected something more impactful for the characters to happen. overall fine.

    Will Wheaton, bless his soul, is not the most engaging of narrators. he's great, like a father reading to their child, but they don't slip into any voices beyond the occasional accents.

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    • Petra Volkhausen
    • 07/05/2018

    Wonderful world building

    Bought the follow-up to Lock In since I greatly enjoyed the world setting Scalzi came up with (don’t miss the accompanying novella which provides more details on the Hayden syndrome and how it changed the world!) and was eager to learn more about the everyday lives of Haydens. Wasn’t disappointed in regards to that, but I wish the main characters where less 2D. While the protagonist is a pleasant fella, the “I’m the biggest asshole in the room”-attitude of his partner, already too on the nose in the first book, gets old and annoying really fast this time.

    Also, while I love listening to Wil Wheaton, I wonder why they chose a white actor to voice the protagonist who is also the narrator - and a black dude.

    All in all, I’d love to hear more from a world with Haydens, but then hopefully with better fleshed-out main characters so I can get emotionally invested in the story.

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