John Scalzi’s thriller novel Lock In takes place 15 years in the future where a mysterious virus is burning through the United States. While most of the sufferers get fever, headaches, and meningitis, one percent of the victims are “locked in,” meaning they’re fully awake but trapped inside their bodies, unable to move or speak.
After the virus takes hold of the President’s wife and daughter, a new technology’s developed that allows the victims to move around in a virtual reality environment and hijack the brains of non-sufferers. Although the new technology is supposed to be tightly regulated, there’s a shadowy villain who is dead set on using the virtual reality environment for his own nefarious purpose.
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