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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:While Johnny's Integrator network was programmed to retroactively cause him to lose time, Brenda Rees and Nicholas Bell weren't so lucky, with the former being used to try and kill Vann and then herself, and the latter being witness to Johnny Sani's suicide and Hubbard trying to kill his sister.]]

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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:While While Johnny's Integrator network was programmed to retroactively [[spoiler:retroactively cause him to lose time, Brenda Rees and Nicholas Bell Bell]] weren't so lucky, with the former being used to try and kill Vann and then herself, and the latter being witness to Johnny Sani's suicide and Hubbard trying to kill his sister.]]lucky.



* BluffTheImposter: [[spoiler:How Shane and Vann expose Hubbard while he's controlling Nicholas Bell - by switching out his intended victim, Bell's sister Cassandra, with the body of a recently deceased Haden's victim, banking on the fact that Hubbard doesn't know what she looks like.]]

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* BluffTheImposter: [[spoiler:How How Shane and Vann expose Hubbard [[spoiler:Hubbard while he's controlling Nicholas Bell Bell]] - by switching out his intended victim, Bell's sister Cassandra, with the body of a recently deceased Haden's victim, banking on the fact that Hubbard doesn't know what she looks like.]]



* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination: In ''Head On'', Chris witnesses [[spoiler:a fellow FBI agent being gunned down by a threep near the Independence Hall. The sheer audacity stuns everyone]].

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* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination: In ''Head On'', Chris witnesses [[spoiler:a a fellow FBI agent being gunned down by a threep near the Independence Hall. The sheer audacity stuns everyone]].everyone.



* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler: Sani leaves a video for his grandmother and sister telling them his suspicions about his employer.]]
* DeathIsTheOnlyOption: [[spoiler: Sani eventually realizes that he knows too much, and will probably be killed by his employers. So he throws a sofa out a hotel window and slits his throat while his boss is controlling the body of Nicholas Bell. This is what got the attention of the FBI, which lead to Shane and Vann uncovering the whole plot.]]

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* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler: Sani [[spoiler:Sani]] leaves a video for his grandmother and sister telling them his suspicions about his employer.]]
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* DeathIsTheOnlyOption: [[spoiler: Sani [[spoiler:Sani]] eventually realizes that he knows too much, and will probably be killed by his employers. So he throws a sofa out a hotel window and slits his throat while his boss is controlling [[spoiler:controlling the body of Nicholas Bell. Bell.]] This is what got the attention of the FBI, which lead to Shane and Vann uncovering the whole plot.]]



** In addition, it's not until much later that we find out that Chris is black, as it hardly matter when one is using a Threep. It only matter for Chris's father, who blows away the assassin going after his child with a shotgun and is immediately told that his chances of winning the election are now nonexistent, as all the voters are going to think of now is a "black man with a gun".

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** In addition, it's not until much later that we find out that Chris is black, as it hardly matter when one is using a Threep. It only matter matters for Chris's father, who blows away the assassin going after his child with a shotgun and is immediately told that his chances of winning the election are now nonexistent, as all the voters are going to think of now is a "black man with a gun".



** [[spoiler:Vann admits that the events of ''Lock In'' have become personal to her after finding out what Hubbard and Schwartz were doing with and to Integrators, because it's everything she feared during her time as an Integrator.]]

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** [[spoiler:Vann Vann admits that the events of ''Lock In'' have become personal to her after finding out what [[spoiler:what Hubbard and Schwartz were doing with and to Integrators, Integrators,]] because it's everything she feared during her time as an Integrator.]]



* MindRape: [[spoiler: How Vann views Integrating. She does not like the idea of someone else being in her head and controlling her body. She attempted to cope with it using alcohol, which only made her even more vulnerable.]] It doesn't help that [[spoiler:her last Integration involved a mentally-disturbed girl trying to commit suicide in Vann's body to see what death was like]].
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: [[spoiler:The suicide of a man in a hotel leads to a plot to corner the Haden's technology market.]]

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* MindRape: [[spoiler: How Vann views Integrating. She does not like the idea of someone else being in her head and controlling her body. ]] She attempted to cope with it using alcohol, which only made her even more vulnerable.]] vulnerable. It doesn't help that [[spoiler:her last Integration involved a mentally-disturbed girl trying to commit suicide in Vann's body to see what death was like]].
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: [[spoiler:The The suicide of a man in a hotel leads to a plot to corner [[spoiler:corner the Haden's technology market.]]


** To an extent, it's already happening; Hadens without a lot of money can subsidize their virtual reality spaces by letting companies put ads on their "walls" (although the companies will try to cater to each Haden's artistic sensibilities and give them things they at least don't hate.

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** To an extent, it's already happening; Hadens without a lot of money can subsidize their virtual reality spaces by letting companies put ads on their "walls" (although the companies will try to cater to each Haden's artistic sensibilities and give them things they at least don't hate.hate).

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* MistakenForServant: Happens to Chris early in ''Head On''. The moment one of the investors sees Chris walk into the stadium skybox, he shoves an empty glass into Chris' hand on the assumption that a threep in that group ''has'' to be part of the catering crew. Bonus irony points in that the investors wanted Chris' dad to put money into the league and should have known Marcus Shane's child was a Haden.


Now has a sequel, ''Head On'', which was released in April 2018. After the death of a Hilketa player on the field, agents Chris and Vann must delve into the darker side of the Hadens-specific sport in order to get to the bottom of it.

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Now has a sequel, ''Head On'', which was released in April 2018. After the death of a Hilketa player on the field, agents Chris and Vann must delve into the darker side of the Hadens-specific Haden-specific sport in order to get to the bottom of it.



* BloodSport: Hilketa, a Hadens-exclusive sport, is half this trope and half-football. The name literally translates to "murder" (it's Basque), and the "ball" is actually a designated player's (called a "goat") head, which the opposing team has to tear off before they can use it to score goals. Players can pick up and use certain weapons, from swords and bows to grenades, although all damage is simulated, since Threeps are expensive. It's the first truly gender-neutral sport, since physical stats do not come into play, as Threeps are piloted remotely. Currently, Hilketa is restricted to Hadens, although there is a growing movement demanding that non-Hadens be allowed to play. Naturally, Haden players are resisting, as they feel the league will marginalize them, if everyone is permitted to play. At the same time, it's pointed out that Hilketa is still far from being the most popular sport in either the US (still football) or the world (still socker). This is why the league is so eager to expand into foreign markets. Currently, the North American Hilketa League is composed of 24 American, Canadian, and Mexican teams.

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* BloodSport: Hilketa, a Hadens-exclusive Haden-exclusive sport, is half this trope and half-football. The name literally translates to "murder" (it's Basque), and the "ball" is actually a designated player's (called a "goat") head, which the opposing team has to tear off before they can use it to score goals. Players can pick up and use certain weapons, from swords and bows to grenades, although all damage is simulated, since Threeps are expensive. It's the first truly gender-neutral sport, since physical stats do not come into play, as Threeps are piloted remotely. Currently, Hilketa is restricted to Hadens, although there is a growing movement demanding that non-Hadens be allowed to play. Naturally, Haden players are resisting, as they feel the league will marginalize them, if everyone is permitted to play. At the same time, it's pointed out that Hilketa is still far from being the most popular sport in either the US (still football) or the world (still socker).soccer). This is why the league is so eager to expand into foreign markets. Currently, the North American Hilketa League is composed of 24 American, Canadian, and Mexican teams.



** President Haden's reason for wanting the Hadens Research Initiative Act in the first place - his wife, the First Lady, was one of the disease's most notable victims.

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** President Haden's reason for wanting the Hadens Haden Research Initiative Act in the first place - his wife, the First Lady, was one of the disease's most notable victims.



* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: [[spoiler:The suicide of a man in a hotel leads to a plot to corner the Hadens technology market.]]

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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: [[spoiler:The suicide of a man in a hotel leads to a plot to corner the Hadens Haden's technology market.]]



* NotDisabledInVR: Hadens left a significant portion of the planet with Locked In Syndrome, and so the government built a huge VR system, the Agora, to allow Hadens freedom of movement in a simulated setting, including Chris.
* NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist: When Chris first meets Hubbard, he denounces Buchold for wanting to create a cure, all but claiming that it would be akin to genocide. [[spoiler:However, as events unfold, it turns out that he cares less about Hadens's rights and more about ensuring that he makes a ton of money from them, even going so far as to try and kill a famous Hadens activist to help make it happen. Cassandra Bell (said activist) even describes him as "able to speak passionately about Hadens when it is convenient and advantageous for him to do so, and when not, not."]]

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* NotDisabledInVR: Hadens Haden's left a significant portion of the planet with Locked In Syndrome, and so the government built a huge VR system, the Agora, to allow Hadens freedom of movement in a simulated setting, including Chris.
* NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist: When Chris first meets Hubbard, he denounces Buchold for wanting to create a cure, all but claiming that it would be akin to genocide. [[spoiler:However, as events unfold, it turns out that he cares less about Hadens's Hadens' rights and more about ensuring that he makes a ton of money from them, even going so far as to try and kill a famous Hadens Haden's activist to help make it happen. Cassandra Bell (said activist) even describes him as "able to speak passionately about Hadens when it is convenient and advantageous for him to do so, and when not, not."]]


* NotDisabledInVR: A plague left a significant portion of the planet with Locked In Syndrome and so the government built a huge VR system to allow Locked In folks freedom of movement in a simulated setting. This includes one of the central protagonists.

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* NotDisabledInVR: A plague Hadens left a significant portion of the planet with Locked In Syndrome Syndrome, and so the government built a huge VR system system, the Agora, to allow Locked In folks Hadens freedom of movement in a simulated setting. This includes one of the central protagonists.setting, including Chris.


* NotSoWellIntentioned: When Chris first meets Hubbard, he denounces Buchold for wanting to create a cure, all but claiming that it would be akin to genocide. [[spoiler:However, as events unfold, it turns out that he cares less about Hadens's rights and more about ensuring that he makes a ton of money from them, even going so far as to try and kill a famous Hadens activist to help make it happen. Cassandra Bell (said activist) even describes him as "able to speak passionately about Hadens when it is convenient and advantageous for him to do so, and when not, not."]]

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* NotSoWellIntentioned: NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist: When Chris first meets Hubbard, he denounces Buchold for wanting to create a cure, all but claiming that it would be akin to genocide. [[spoiler:However, as events unfold, it turns out that he cares less about Hadens's rights and more about ensuring that he makes a ton of money from them, even going so far as to try and kill a famous Hadens activist to help make it happen. Cassandra Bell (said activist) even describes him as "able to speak passionately about Hadens when it is convenient and advantageous for him to do so, and when not, not."]]


* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:While Johnny's Integrator network was programmed to retroactively cause him to lose time, Brenda Rees and Nicholas Bell weren't so lucky, with the former being used to try and kill Vann and then herself, and the latter being witness to Johnny Sani's suicide and Hubbard trying to kill his sister.]]



* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler:Schwartz and Hubbard set up the Loudon Pharmacy bombing to make it look like the culprits had done it on behalf of the Hadens movement, and would have set up Cassandra Bell's death to look like an act of anti-Hadens violence.]]

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* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler:Schwartz and Hubbard set up the Loudon Pharmacy bombing and Brenda Rees's murder-suicide attempt to make it look like the culprits had done it on behalf of the Hadens movement, and would have set up Cassandra Bell's death to look like an act of anti-Hadens violence.]]


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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:When Hubbard explains what happened with Johnny, he admits that after he switched from him to Bell, Schwartz (who would have taken over Johnny's body) got distracted for a few minutes, giving Johnny an opportunity to act. Then, after Johnny killed himself, Hubbard panicked and disconnected from Bell for a couple minutes, unintentionally giving Chris and Vann a clue that something was hinky.]]


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* NotSoWellIntentioned: When Chris first meets Hubbard, he denounces Buchold for wanting to create a cure, all but claiming that it would be akin to genocide. [[spoiler:However, as events unfold, it turns out that he cares less about Hadens's rights and more about ensuring that he makes a ton of money from them, even going so far as to try and kill a famous Hadens activist to help make it happen. Cassandra Bell (said activist) even describes him as "able to speak passionately about Hadens when it is convenient and advantageous for him to do so, and when not, not."]]

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A companion novella, ''Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome'', was released around the same time as ''Lock In'', serving to provide expanded backstory for the book's universe.


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* DudeNotFunny: President Haden had been ignoring David Abrams (of the Abrams-Kettering bill), up until he made a crack about the First Lady, which earned him a very uncomfortable visit from the NSA.


* DrivenToSuicide: Charlie Sebring, one of the cofounders of Sebring-Warner, after the pressures of being rich and famous got to him.



* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:Vann admits that the events of ''Lock In'' have become personal to her after finding out what Hubbard and Schwartz were doing with and to Integrators, because it's everything she feared during her time as an Integrator.]]

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* ItsPersonal: ItsPersonal:
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[[spoiler:Vann admits that the events of ''Lock In'' have become personal to her after finding out what Hubbard and Schwartz were doing with and to Integrators, because it's everything she feared during her time as an Integrator.]]]]
** President Haden's reason for wanting the Hadens Research Initiative Act in the first place - his wife, the First Lady, was one of the disease's most notable victims.


* INeedAFreakingDrink: Chris's dad has this reaction when he (Chris) explains the conspiracy going on ''Lock In'', saying that it's a miracle that he didn't just bring in the (scotch) bottle with a straw.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Chris's dad dad, Marcus, has this reaction when he (Chris) explains the conspiracy going on ''Lock In'', saying that it's a miracle that he didn't just bring in the (scotch) bottle with a straw.straw.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:Vann admits that the events of ''Lock In'' have become personal to her after finding out what Hubbard and Schwartz were doing with and to Integrators, because it's everything she feared during her time as an Integrator.]]

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Chris's dad has this reaction when he (Chris) explains the conspiracy going on ''Lock In'', saying that it's a miracle that he didn't just bring in the (scotch) bottle with a straw.


* ShoutOut: Chris mentions in ''Head On'' that he's a fan of Scalzi's real life author pal Creator/CatherynneMValente .

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* ShoutOut: Chris mentions in ''Head On'' that he's a fan of Scalzi's real life author pal Creator/CatherynneMValente .Creator/CatherynneMValente.
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:When Hubbard tries to apologize to May and Janis Sani for John's death, Janis tells him to stuff it, saying he's not sorry about his death, but because he helped screw up his plans.]]

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Done for Dwayne's girlfriend's pet cat, whose proximity unlocked the data vault on its collar. If they believe the cat's dead, the bad guys think that the FBI can't get to the information on it.]]

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* MutualKill: [[spoiler:An integrator in ''Head On'' is attacked by a mobster and his bodyguard. However, the CrazyPrepared woman manages to get her hands on a knife she taped under her table and deals mortal wounds to the two men (she has special forces training). She gets distracted, however, and the bodyguard manages to put a bullet into her head before succumbing to wounds. Shane finds out that she also had a gun taped next to the knife. Vann reasons that she grabbed whatever was closest. Had she grabbed the gun instead, it's likely she would have survived.]]

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