The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War.Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible -- until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. Its a hedge against interstellar war -- and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.The Flow is eternal -- but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When its discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals -- a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency -- are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse....
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The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) Reviews
As delightful and easy to read as Scalzi at his best (Redshirts, Old Man's War), with characters who are going to stay with you whenever you have to put the book down ... which you aren't going to want to do.
I won't discuss plot, at all, but I will say this much: like all great SF, and like the SF that has become accepted as classic, The Collapsing Empire works as a wonderful SF tale ... but it also has important allegory, metaphor, and commentary on some things that are going on right now, for ...more
I read about the first quarter of this book before I was sure this just wasn't going to be for me. I've read two other books by Scalzi and although I liked the first in the old man's War series, I really didn't care too much about Lock In. I feel like the tone in this book is more in the style of Lock In, and yet it's a really politically-heavy book and focuses a lot on warring between wealthy families and scheming to undermine. I really don't feel like Scalzi doing that sort of politically-heav ...more
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/04/06/...
Let me start by saying I’m a huge fan of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series. Years ago when I was still mostly reading fantasy and wanted to get into science fiction, I’d made the initial mistake of starting my journey with a couple of “classic” titles that nonetheless made me feel like I was in way over my head. It wasn’t until the moment I picked up the first Old Man’s War book that I realized the element I’d been missin ...more
A big thanks to Netgalley for this ARC!
This novel marks a very strong return to Space Opera for Scalzi and I'll admit that I felt slightly trepidatious about it, after all, these tomes usually require a fairly substantial investment of time and energy, especially when contemplating an extensive book deal for him running to 2027! (Congrats, by the way!)
However, I should just go ahead and trust that my favorite authors, Scalzi included, can pull off these kinds of really ambitious undertakings. He ...more
Scalzi being one of my favourite scifi authors, I couldn't resist getting this new novel of his.
From the prologue, the narration was full of humour and snark, something the author does very well. Mix to that interesting characters - from Cardenia, the new reluctant Emperor of this Interdependency society, Marce, scientist on a mission, to the the foul-mouthed but oddly likeable Kiva - and action scenes, and you have a pretty entertaining read. The setting itself is intriguing with a society span ...more
The book description best describes the futuristic world of The Collapsing Empire. The main POVs are the newly crowned Empress of the Interdependency, Cardenia, Lady Kiva of the trade house of Lagos, and Marce, Lord of Claremont, a scientist.
Empress Cardenia: She never thought she'd become Empress being the bastard child of the Emperox, but with the sudden death of her older brother she was next in line for the throne. She inherits the throne when, unknown to the majority, the space pathways (" ...more
Executive Summary: A really fun start to a new series. Plus it introduced me to my new favorite John Scalzi character. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book.
Audiobook: I've always found Wil Wheaton a great fit for John Scalzi books, and this one is no different. He reads clearly at a good volume, with good inflection, and the occasional voice for male characters. Not to mention he delivers the snark well. As usual, this book is a good option in audio.
I have yet to read a John ...more
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Re-read on October 2017 amidst the chaos and craziness of what is known as "real life"
Even better the second time around! Definitely one of the best reads of this year
What an insanely entertaining and oddly satisfying book!
This was my first book by this author, according to a number of his ardent fans this is not one of his best works. If this is an example of not his best, I can' t wait to read the supposed better ones :)
Simply loved ...more