This is an intro novella to Scalzi’s forthcoming Lock In, and my only complaint is that now I have to wait so long to get the real thing.
Haden’s Syndrome is an epidemic sweeping a near-future world, and that already had me hooked, because I’m a huge fan of epidemic stories, zombies included (though this isn’t a zombie book at all).
Speaking of zombies, that “oral history” in the title should remind you of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, because it’s written in a very similar fashion. Think more overarching narrative and less characters and scene. Again, I’m a fan.
It can be hard when presenting short snippets of interviews to introduce any sort of character or narrative voice, but this has been a strength of Scalzi’s that I’ve noticed since Redshirts: putting you in somebody else’s shoes with only a few sentences. His journalism background surely helps with the tone, too.
The first part of this novella lays the ground work for the idea, but it gets seriously emotional in the final chapters. There’s a sneak peek of Lock In, and all I can say is that I immediately pre-ordered it.
This is only $2, so why not check it out?