Read by Amber Benson, eleven hours of listening. At about Chapter 27 in this narration the story ends, and subsequent chapters are a description of the virus at the root of the story. How it started, the basics of human vulnerability, the attempts at control, the author attempt to describe exactly what this pandemic involved, what the story was all about. This should have been at the beginning of this story and would have made it much easier to understand. I actually flipped to the ending chapters, getting pretty lost in all the verbiage and miscellaneous characters, fully prepared to zip through the thing and get it over with … suddenly the narration voice changed. Ergo I went back to find out why. For example, at the end of the story we learn that within one year several billion people, world wide, were infected. This was not revealed in the story itself, at least that I heard when giving up on the basic tale. I didn’t finish.

As far as narration, Benson was okay, having to deal with writing that was a bit annoying. Too many tags (he said, she said, etc.) that weren’t necessary and a major complaint of many reviews.

Too bad, really. This is a very creative SciFi world, but the details of the world aren’t completely understood until the end of the book. Lock In is police procedural, too … with lots and lots of characters … just too confusing, for me … and I’ve read thousands of books.

Lock In is as convoluted and confusing as this review … I give up. Not recommended.




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