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The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency…

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency Book 1) (edition 2017)

by John Scalzi (Author)

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Title:The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency Book 1)
Authors:John Scalzi (Author)
Info:Tor Books (2017), 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Read
Tags:Galactic Empire, Humorous, Science Fiction, Space Opera

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The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (Author)

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Terrific - engaging and full of interesting ideas!

Scalzi leaps off into the unknown - a wholly different universe from his Old Man stories - and it's excellent. A far-future with the ersatz nobility familar to space opera from Honor Harrington to Vorrkosigan and he does it with his own inimitable style. The main downside is... I have to wait for the next volume. ( )
  mrklingon | Apr 22, 2019 |
I got this as a Tor free download. There's fluency in Scalzi's writing, and true readability. But the informality of tone is self-satisfied, and in the end improbable (and tiring). Stevil2001's review below captures this aspect well. I didn't dislike the book as much as he did, but his criticisms capture the feel of the book.

I found it entertaining, but basically disposable. Good for a plane. I was a little shocked to learn that it was shortlisted for the Hugo... ( )
  ben_a | Mar 24, 2019 |
LOVED IT! Such a fun book. I love all of the world building (particularly the politics). Loved all of the characters (even the ones I hated). Kiva is my queen. Cannot wait for the next book in the series!!!
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
More than a touch of Dune in this - powerful Houses, titled nobility, the importance of trade dominance, all that is missing is spice and sandworms. Oh, and Dune's ponderous mythology. This is a consciously modern piece of hard sci-fi, gritty, racy and expletive-laden. In the far future, an assortment of human colonies are connected by the Flow, a hyper-dimensional tunnel that connects planets who would otherwise be unreachable in normal space. However, a scientist has discovered that the Flow is collapsing, and soon all the planets of the Empire will be utterly cut off from one another. Three people - The newly crowned Emperox, the foul-mouthed, highly sexed Kiva Lagos and Marc Claremont, son of the scientist who has discovered the disaster about to happen, have to face the machinations of the greedy and corrupt House of Nohamapetan in order to prepare humanity as best that they can for the inevitable collapse of the Empire. This was a great read, fast-moving, clever and happily lightweight. I'm looking forward to the next episode in the series. ( )
  drmaf | Feb 12, 2019 |
There’s one really grating thing about this book - the narration and most of the characters are relentlessly flippant. It sort of kills suspension of disbelief when characters seem more amused than stressed by life-threatening situations. The novel seems obsessed with the idea of “cutting the shit” (indeed the exact words “cut the shit” appear verbatim six times): again and again and again we’re treated to scenes in which some sort of disingenuous conversation is cut short by one character gleefully declaring their desire to just get on with it. One wonders how the empire manages to maintain so many formal protocols when a disdain for formality seems to be the defining character quality of most of its inhabitants.

Underwhelming dialogue notwithstanding, it’s a fun and quick read, with at least one interesting idea - the “memory room” in which the emperox has full, unfiltered access to all the thoughts of all previous emperoxs. ( )
  brokensandals | Feb 7, 2019 |
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Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure.

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Faster than light travel is impossible--until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars. Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war--and, for the empire's rulers, a system of control. But when it's discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency must race to find out what can be salvaged from an empire on the brink of collapse. --… (more)

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