Head on

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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2018.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765388919
Branch Call Number: FIC Scalz
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 22 cm.

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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 ... Read More »


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mexicanadiense
Jul 26, 2018

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

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NedSu
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.

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Tdruid
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

rosnovsky936 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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