One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people “locked in”...including the President's wife and daughter.
Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.
This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse..
What I thought was absolutely brilliant about this book, was the thought that went into it, not just the neurological stuff, the coding, the robotic sci-fi stuff, but the case itself. The ending was phenomenal. It reminded me a bit like The Closer the TV show where the main character played deaf and dumb in the interrogation room, but all the sudden switches on her brilliant manipulation maneuvers and tactical thoughts to get the bad guy to ultimately confess, that or even if you have ever watched any other brilliant manipulating confession interrogation show on TV, this book made it like, three billion times better. Chris and his FBI partner Vann go in there and just systematically do the thing. A well oiled machine that was just absolutely brilliant.
From beginning to ending this book was well written, well thought out, and well executed, and has gone into my rare FAVORITES folder.
if you are thinking of reading this book, check out Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome it's sorta like a 20/20 interview with a bunch of people from the early days leading up and throughout the entire 25 year history, things that happened, and gives you all the history leading up to where the world is at in Lock In. I found it really informative prior to reading it so I knew exactly what was what when I started to read it.