There’s been a murder and the only witness and suspect is an Integrator. This is the basis of the Lock In story by John Scalzi…pretty standard detective story, but the setting is what makes this a fun read.
You see, an Intergtator is someone who’s been altered to allow someone to ‘ride’ them. And by ride, I mean someone can control their body to interact with others or experience things – like sky diving. The Integrator class of people were created as a result of and a response to Haden’s syndrome, an illness that killed millions around the world and left millions more in a state where they are mentally conscious but have no voluntary muscular control. Thus, these Hadens, as they’re called, ride either an Integrator or a Threep – an humanoid robot body with no intelligence other than the Haden (a human rider) – to interact with the world.
So as you can see, having an Integrator as the only witness and suspect makes things a bit complicated.
I just started the book yesterday and I am really loving it. I’m halfway through and am pretty sure I’ll finish it off today. So far, it’s a fun and engaging read.