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....
|Title||:||The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)|
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The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) Reviews
Hmm where to begin with this one?
The Collapsing Empire is the weakest of the four books by Scalzi that I've read. Its a novel about the political machinations of the super rich, their schemes and the downfall of their Empire.
It follows a group of planets which have been colonised by humans who are united under the rule of the Emperox of the Interdependency. These planets are united by a mysterious force called The Flow which has made faster than light travel a reality. Now The Flow is becoming u ...more
Short and sweet, but one of Scalzi's best to date. I devoured this book in a couple days, faster than I've read anything in many months. The new setting, with some of the same aspects of the Old Man's War series, was very enjoyable and creative, and the characters really shone. I loved the twists and turns, and actually enjoyed that the book simultaneously ended it's own arc, while leaving the rest of the story massively wide open, and ended on quite a cliffhanger going forward.
I love Scalzi's ...more
Can't say much about this yet BUT DON'T WORRY I WILL, I WILL HAVE SOME WORDS.
UPDATE: I finally wrote some words about this novel! I am also writing even more soon because I suspect this is the space novel I yell about for the entirety of 2017.
UPDATE 2: I READ THIS AGAIN AND IT'S STILL GR8, MY PALS. Maybe you should give it a try.
If you like political machinations, space, Scalzi's wit, and characters who are more asshole than charming, you'll enjoy this. It took me a little bit to get used to the general lack of fucks all of the characters give (and the amount of fucks the characters say), but I found myself rooting for many of them by the end and I'm interested to see how the rest of this series will go.
On the blog: "review reviewed" in English: https://girotix.blogspot.com.es/2017/...
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Three and half stars
(I know there could be some mistakes in this review. I’m trying to improve my English, thanks)
The Collapsing Empire reminds me the entertaining readings of Poul Anderson’s "The Polesotechnic League".
Briefly, the argument deals with the intrigues and rivalries of various families in an interstellar -and collapsing- empire. Thus, Sca ...more
My first Scalzi. Maybe I should have picked another one. 20% into the book I was contemplating to DNF it. Mostly talk, talk, talk, not much plot or character development, interchangeable characters, little world building, a lot of swearing instead of decent dialogue.
30% into the book things finally started to get more interesting and by the halfway point I was hooked and wanted to find out everything. Still too much pointless swearing, but at least the plot was evolving.
In the end I liked this w ...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
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