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The Collapsing Empire

The Interdependency, Book 1
Lu par : Wil Wheaton
Série : The Interdependency, Volume 1
Durée : 9 h et 24 min
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2018 Locus Award, Best Science Fiction Novel

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports 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. It's 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 it's 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. 

©2017 John Scalzi (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Commentaires

"Fans of Game of Thrones and Dune will enjoy this bawdy, brutal, and brilliant political adventure." (Booklist)

"Scalzi has constructed a thrilling novel so in tune with the flow of politics that it would feel relevant at almost any time." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Political plotting, plenty of snark, puzzle-solving, and a healthy dose of action…Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • R.A.
  • 20/11/2018

Not a Complete Story, Not Scalzi’s Best

Generally Scalzi’s work is right up my alley: I enjoy the mix of tech and philosophical implications of his sci fi, and the often creative world-building that he achieves without belabouring it; this novel didn’t live up to the average of the rest of his books that I have already read (admittedly, only ~5).

FIRST: IT’S NOT A WHOLE STORY

This is not a self-contained story. Not only is it the first instalment of a series, but there is no self-contained storyline in this novel; it is just a novel that has been quite arbitrarily cut off. There is no resolution, and essentially the entire book is just setting the stage for the actual story. Without passing any judgment on this decision, I’ll just say that you should be prepared to purchase the next books in the series, otherwise your wasting your time.


SECOND: IT’S NOT AN INTERESTING STORY

I’m really surprised by this, as Scalzi’s books are usually rich and detailed and have lots of interesting moving parts, but this one just doesn’t. It largely relies on vulgarity for its humour, but that falls flat and eventually comes to detract from the novel itself (being so contrived that it pulls you out of the story).

The characters are 2D — which is pretty standard for Scalzi — but because there’s nothing else really pulling you into the story, it’s rather painful in this one. They all seem to have more or less the same personality: blandly “ironic” and self-deprecating; it gets boring pretty fast.


THIRD: THERE IS BETTER

Both of Scalzi & of SciFi: for Scalzi, I’d suggest “Android’s Dream,”
If you haven’t read it already. Locked In was pretty good as well.


The Narration:

Narration is such a personal thing that I don’t like including it in reviews: either you like Wil Wheaton or you don’t. If you do enjoy him, I envy you, and you won’t be disappointed by this one :)

Personally, I don’t enjoy his narration: I find he only has one mode (over-the-top: his voice literally squeaks when he gets really worked up). HOWEVER, there were a few elements in his narration of this book that were better than usual: he had a bit more diversity in the representation of characters (unfortunately, he reserved it for tertiary characters, so it doesn’t help with distinguishing primary and secondary characters: for example, everyone from a particular family in this book has exactly the same voice - it’s a bit confusing).

Furthermore, for this book, it is particularly difficult to tell if the shortcomings in the narration are latent in the writing, or more related to Wheaton’s reading.

Like I said, if you like him, you’ll like this, if you don’t like him, it’s not going to change your opinion.


ALL IN ALL

A novel that you can listen to while you do something else, but not a complete story, so you’ll have to buy the rest of the series if you want any sense of closure to the story. I wasn’t drawn in enough to bother with the rest of the series, unless it ends up on sale at a very discounted rate. It’s very possible that the complete series would be much more convincing.

Middle of the road, overall - if you like Scalzi & Wheaton, you’ll probably enjoy this; otherwise, pass on it: there is better out there.


Either way - happy listening. If any part of this review was helpful, please let me know by clicking the button, below :) Enjoy!

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  • teanah
  • 28/06/2017

Sort of Boring

What disappointed you about The Collapsing Empire?

It has an interesting premise but gets bogged down with excessive world building, fake physics and sciencey sounding words at the expense of character building.

Has The Collapsing Empire turned you off from other books in this genre?

No I still love sci-fi space operas. This book was just a bad one.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wil Wheaton has a lovely voice that can make even a terrible story tolerable to listen to.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the technology was neat I guess.

Any additional comments?

After listening to this book I never want to hear the words "Fuck" "interdependency" or "emperox" ever again.

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  • Charles
  • 12/02/2018

Half a book, a third a story

This book feels so rushed and there is so little character development. Wil Wheaton really needs some practice and slowing down at commas and at least trying to give female character a softer voice. It was very hard to tell who was talking when because everyone sounded the same.

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  • Ross Hageman
  • 27/09/2017

This was rough.

This needed to be fleshed out much more. As readers we were thrown into a world we had never seen and the writer only let us see with one eye. He (the author) forced us to follow a character (keeva) that seemed so unlikely that we couldn't follow her safely in this brand new landscape. She had so many unexpected tendencies that I couldn't focus on whether to decide that the author wanted her to originally be a rough-shod man or whether we were meant to be inspired at his ability to completely destroy our preconceived notions of a classic Herione.

A fun concept; 'the flow' I only wish I could have been allowed to understand it rather than reverting to the classic cop out that posits 'you as a regular person would never understand'



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  • Femie
  • 05/05/2018

Such high hopes

I’ve listened to over 300 titles and never written reviews, but this book has inspired me to do so.

And unfortunately not for the right reasons.

The narrator was just awful!
Male and female characters all sounded the same (I’ve never been so thankful for a “he said” or “she mentioned” before). Actually I thought that one character was female for most of book, until the narrator said “he thought”
One of the main characters sounded older than his father, who sounded like a teen from south beach, Florida. And that’s just the tip of the ice berg.

I am not sure I can honestly review the book because the narrator made the characters so indistinct and made it so hard to loose yourself in the story.

That said, Scalzi didn’t do much to make the characters endearing or give them much personality. I can usually be very empathetic to characters and their situations, in this 9 hour read I basically don’t feel like I know any of the major players, care about any of them or feel like they have anything truly at stake.
Simple logical thought processes and reactions seemed outside of the reach of so many characters and at other times realizations that should have taken work to come to came like a gift from God.

I know others have felt like this book just kind of ended in the middle, but I feel as though a lot of the plot was rushed at the end and neatly laid out with no intrigue or risk taken. Yes, there is sort of a cliffhanger, but if this first book is anything to go by, in the end they all live happily ever after.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10/02/2018

looking for good sifi

Was looking for the next great sifi book. This is not it. The story is ok- but the character development so shallow. The reader is the worst.

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  • Ron P
  • 29/03/2017

Just feels small - no sense of scale, so why care?

This is humanity at stake. Gravitas isn't Scalzi's thing, but geez, this one feels like ... who cares? I know I'm in the minority, but this felt like a draft that still needed some pretty hefty structural revisions.

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  • pat
  • 25/03/2017

Definitely not my favorite scalzi

An interesting and engaging story...... Until it peters out with no resolution.

The stopping point of the book feels less like a planed ending and more like the last 50 pages were missing when the book went to the publisher.

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  • NonEuclidean
  • 01/06/2017

Mediocre

A few pages out of Foundation and some meh storytelling. It has potential to develop into something great with subsequent books.

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  • Gonzalo
  • 11/05/2017

Not the best of Scalzi

I like John Scalzi's work and in audio book I prefer it read by Will Wheaton. I was excited by this new book and series. Unfortunately the book in not the best Scalzi. often because of trademark Scalzi traits. The plot of an empire united by a subspace effect that allows for faster than light travel; now endangered because that effect is going away, is very interesting. I wish the author had taken this book more seriously. I like Scalzis humor but it gets in the way of the plot and makes some of the characters shallow and uninteresting. It wouldn't be a Scalia book without sarcasm and wit but it gets too crass and over the top for the needs of this story. The first book of his I read "The Androids Dream" needed it and was hilarious, but "Lock In" toned it down and was better for it. Wish this one had too.

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  • Sebastian Stüber
  • 22/05/2017

interesting story line

Containing the usual twists and surprises, the story is captivating, and physically adequate. I especially enjoyed Wil Wheaton.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 02/07/2020

Good stuff!

Really good novel and fantastic reading by Wil Wheaton. I enjoyed the characters a lot and the story got me hooked right away. Wheaton gave it life!

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  • Mar
  • 16/05/2020

Nice story, great narrator

This book is a long introduction into a sci fi story with some fresh ideas. the audio book is highly entertaining, mostly due to the fun way of the narrator. can recommend.

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  • nettrap
  • 11/04/2020

Endet mit Cliffhanger

. . was ja an sich nicht so schlimm wäre, doch es ist eine angebrochene Geschichte, die überraschend mitten drin endet - kein Buch, sondern ein Stück Serie, das einfach abrupt endet.
Abgesehen davon gut geschrieben und sehr gut gelesen von Will Wheaton.

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  • A. Pohl
  • 18/03/2020

Why aren't you reading this book RIGHT NOW?

Whoa! I never had THAT much fun since I was two years old and trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole! A clever plot and fast and witty dialogues that sometimes make you blush, sometimes make you burst out in laughter, but always leave you with the feeling that you just experienced something marvellous. It has a way of making you like even the evil charactars, just the same way an almost eight seasons long TV show, that never must be named again, did. But contrary to that one, this book is totally worth it. And Will Wheaton as narrator perfectly nails it. A match made in heaven. Caution: may contain sarcasm.

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  • acheron
  • 07/06/2019

John scalzi is undeniable a very witty author.

And Wil Wheaton is a fantastic speaker. Their individual geniuses are intertwinding to form a spectacular listening experience. 5/5 would recommend.

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  • Jan-Henning
  • 22/02/2019

Great story with Wheaton as a surprisingly good narrator

Even though the audio book seems to be quite short in comparison to other popular space operas, there‘s quite some content to digest.

The pace of the progression of the story is continuous and fast giving you enough space for your imagination without getting lost in too many detailed descriptions.

The world described in the book is believable and I didn’t experience irritating logical errors, which is a rare feat among sci-fi and fantasy authors.

People, who are easily offended by a lot of swearing, probably shouldn’t buy the book though, because especially one of the characters uses the f-word in almost any sentence.

Sooo. If you like The Commonwealth universe by Peter Hamilton, you probably will be quite happy with the Interdependency narrative. If you don’t, because of too much detail and slow progress, you‘ll still probably like it.

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  • Dr. Andreas J. Häusler
  • 11/11/2018

Kept me listening continuously

The book kept me listening almost continuously. Not just for John Scalzi's fans! Will Wheaton's voice acting is also very good, but there'd be more room for actually enacting the different voices (as, for instance, done by Ray Porter).

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  • 7II8V
  • 05/11/2018

John Scalzi? Wil Wheaton? Audiobook at its best!

John Scalzi & Wil Wheaton are a dream team for me... when it's about audiobooks.

This story has a very nice sci fi touch, without getting to technical and I like that it breaks with the traditional sci fi right at the beginning.
The characters are non-standard, and I was very curious how all these people will fit into the story and how they will develop.

I read somewhere that this story has a "game of thrones"-feel and I can't deny it, although I think every book, that has houses, guilds, political intrigues and war fit into "GoT"-esque.
In the end it didn't remind me of GoT or "Dune" and I definitly want to know more about this specific universe and its unique problems.

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  • Ivo
  • 20/07/2018

keine spannung

keine spannung. leider von vorne bis hinten vorhersehbar. Eher politik lastig und quasi null scifi

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