Head on

Head on

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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: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780765388919
076538891X
9780765388926
Branch Call Number: SF Scalzi, J 200.2 2018
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 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 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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