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Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (Lock…
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Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (Lock In) (edição: 2018)

de John Scalzi (Autor)

Séries: Lock In (2)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (Lock In)
Autores:John Scalzi (Autor)
Informação:Tor Books (2018), Edition: First Edition, 336 pages
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A sequel to ‘Lock In]’. A near future world where a new strain of flu has left millions of people with a locked-in syndrome, only able to access the material world through the android-type devices known as threeps. Chris Shane, a Haden himself (as those with the syndrome are known), is a junior member of the F.B.I. division dealing with matters involving Haden crime. And a very public incident for investigation arises when Duane Chapman died on the Hilketa field:

‘By the time Duane Chapman died on the Hilketa field his head had already been torn off twice.
Having it torn off for the third time was unusual, even for Hilketa, in which the point of the game is to rip the head off a selected opponent and then toss or carry it through a goal at the end of the field.’


Of course, it wasn’t Duane’s real head that was in danger, that was safely attached to his body in his home miles away. There was really no reason for him to die ...

This was a fun and easy read, a combination of SF and police procedural, and I’d probably read another one in this series if there is one. ( )
  SandDune | Jun 13, 2021 |
"Head on" is the 2nd book in Scalzi's Lock In series. The series features a world where about 1% of the population have Hadens syndrome, a disease which "locks people in" to their body, although their minds still work. People with Haydens have a oasis/mmorpg-style world to interest with others virtually, or can take control of a robot, called threeps, where they can interact in the real world.

This second book in the series builds on the world in a fun way. Similar to the first book, it plays more like a detective novel in a science fiction world. I mentioned it reminds me of Asimov's "Caves of Steel", which is true for this one as well.

The story follows the investigation into a death during a football-like game played by threeps (the robots). I'd put Head on fully in the "fun" category of books. It was immensely entertaining, great at world building and overall just a great ride. As a bonus, the audiobook is read by Wil Wheaton! ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
I liked this one a lot. Tons going on, a true science fiction base, and great new tech like cryptocurrency integrated well into the story. ( )
  fear025 | Dec 17, 2020 |
If you liked Lock In you will probably like this. If you like murder mysteries and aren't opposed to SF you'll probably like this. If you liked anything else Scalzi has written you'll probably like this. And if you like witness protection cats, you will definitely like this!

It doesn't repeat the whole subtext of Lock In and doesn't really replace that subtext with anything, but it tells an amusing tale of smart-arsery, corruption, murder, arson, wanton destruction of telefactors - and a cat called Donut.

You're gonna hafta read the book to find out what happens to him. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
Genre: Sci-fi

Pages: 335

Look at that great, minimalistic cover! It's so perfect. Well, maybe the person pictured should've been a threep (robot).



Synopsis
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.


My thoughts
three out of five stars


I was drawn in by the interesting plot, especially as it's techonological development to combat illness. What I got was an fbi agent Shane discovering bodies, getting into accidents, Shane and his partner Vann trying to connect it all together and find the motives. In the middle it seems very messy, and not in a good way.

Everything is happening around the two fbi agents, mostly not caused by their actions. They are two pieces in a game where I have barely been introduced to the world, let alone who or what could be behind the murders. I can't bring myself to care when someone dies that early on, even if it's to kickstart the need for Shane's investigation in this story. For the Hilketa player I was almost half into the book before I felt bad for him, with some details on how much pain he must've been in.

I think this would work very well as a tv series, where you get to see the threeps and Hilketa game from the start. For the most part I think so because you can watch and judge the other people in the story, try to find the murderer yourself, where here you don't really get details on characters. The book included things like how Shane's treated differently because he's a Haden, both at work and in private, what being an Haden means and some of how the sport Hilketa works. But it's a lot of information that needs to go out just for the reader to understand what the fbi agents are doing. For example that statistics in Hilketa is displayed in this one public way, and changing that can be illegal because here is the information it gives on players, so it's a lead. Trying to do that without information dumps (which I think was well done!), along with introducing characters connected to it, and that there's more than one murder. It's a lot and while I found it surprisingly easy to follow, it made the investigation, and such the story, slower and less focused on characters.

This is the standalone follow-up to a book called Lock In, which I haven't read. I would've like to know more about how the locked in syndrome and Haden people started out, with the development of the threeps. I looked it up and it seems like the short book Unlocked contains all the backstory, so I would like to read that too. It's free here, and while the writing or plot doesn't give you insight in Head On, if you're interested it seems to be a smart 60-pages read before the other books.

I would recommend this book to people who are excited about the concept, but be aware that it's a mix of sci-fi and fbi murder investigation. The feeling this book gave me: excitement about the sci-fi aspects with the robots and medical technology, but strange annoyance at the murder investigation.



Thank you to Tor Books for receiving a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  aquapages | Jul 8, 2020 |
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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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