Head On

Head On Review

John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi's trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.

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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  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever.  I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if th...

  • Bradley

    This is a super easy read that hits all the fun spots for all you folks who're into Sports, Mysteries, and great concept SF filled with robots designed for tele-reality and virtual reality.I'm one of ...

  • Jilly

    *Shakes Fist at John Scalzi!!!*Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you?Come on!!Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no ...

  • Gary

    At some point in the future – when early 21st century media culture is assessed in all its heedless glory – a full audit of the blogger/novelist phenomenon will come to pass, and John Scalzi will ...

  • Mike

    Review for Lock In.Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves invol...

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    A Solid 4 Star ReadIn a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented. The reason Hilketa is so popula...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/23/...I’m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly bec...

  • Ashley

    Scalzi's books are always such good palette cleansers. Head On was fast and fun (and a little bit infuriating).This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don...

  • Vivian

    "Basically, Hilketa is both representation and alienation for Hadens."This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports,...

  • Suzanne

    This is basically a mystery with a really cool setting. I enjoyed it! I liked the premise a lot, and I especially enjoyed the first part and getting back into the world....