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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.

Critiques

"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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Adam K Stevens
  • 10/06/2017

What Happened Scalzi?

Being a fan of both the, "Old Man's War" series as well as the author's contributions to the METAtropolis anthologies, I blindly purchased The Collapsing Empire. This unfortunately was a complete mistake as I ended hating the writing, loathing most of the characters and rolling my eyes over the the sci-fi concepts introduced in the series. Worst of all was the sarcasm. My god, the main character, Kiva is like some hyper-foul mouthed, self-entitled space-Millennial. Now, I've read my share, and thoroughly enjoyed several stories featuring dislikable protagonists or anti-heroes. However, I think the author's intention was to make the reader find Kiva charming or a tough no-nonsense female Han Solo-esque scoundrel. Instead of charming, I kept hoping she would get dumped out an airlock every time the narrative focused on her. Other characters include a dying space Pope who reminded of Grandpa Simpson and his snoozetastic daughter. I was also disappointed with sci-fi elements of the story which included an intergalactic space highway and a theocratic super government which was hardly fleshed out at all. This book is such a departure from Scalzi's usually superb work, it almost feels like it was ghost written by a far less talented writer. I sincerely hope Mr. Scalzi returns to form in his future efforts and we can dismiss this novel as an unfortunate deviation from an otherwise immensely talented author. Also, Wil Wheaton narration style always bugs me for reasons I have yet been able to explain.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29/03/2017

Not very well written

cool world, cool economies, bad character arcs and boring antagonists. it's a weak opening to a series.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 01/04/2017

THE STUPIDITIES OF COURT

YOUR ALWAYS ALONE INT HE MEMORY ROOM AND NEVER ALONE IN THE MEMORY ROOM
This is filled with lots of LOL moments and some great funny characters. SCALZI humor includes giving funny names to ships, such as the following: TELL ME ANOTHER ONE, I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW, IF YOU WANT TO SING OUT, SING OUT, YES SIR, THAT'S MY BABY and it's sister ship NO SIR, DON'T MEAN MAYBE. The humor is fairly steady throughout the book without being overwhelming.

SORRY, I GOT DISTRACTED THINKING ABOUT SEX
The book is a tiny bit Dune, Game of Thrones, Foundation and The Last Empress. I listened to the whole book and will be buying the sequel, but had it been a different author, I might have given up within the first three to four hours. That is because it is mostly a political book, with Guilds, Courts, Emperors, and Great Houses. The book builds and because the characters are well developed, gets better the longer it goes on. It does not have a lot of science and their are no aliens. It is mostly politics and back stabbing of nobles. STOP WHINING ABOUT IT FOR F SAKE. One of the main characters is a female who cusses like a sailor and has a high sex drive. I found her hilarious.

Wil Wheaton is the best for this. He not only does sarcasm better than anyone else, if you listen during what would normally be considered filler, you can hear him putting everything into to make it sound interesting.

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  • T
  • 05/05/2017

I really wanted to like this book!

First Wil Wheaton hit this one out of the park! The more I find that he is narrating the more I realize he continues become the master craftsman of story telling. I really wanted to like this book! I have been a fan of John Scalzi stories, but this really didn't hit home with me. I felt that this was a mix drink of Dune, Game Of Thrones and Jupiter Ascending .

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  • Zoe Downton
  • 14/06/2017

A premise, not a story

Let's get this strait, the reason I gave this a bad review is not because the book sucked, it's because it's incomplete. What you get is the beginning of a story, that's it, you have character introductions and an outlining of a world and what will become the conflict of the series but that's it. I get that this a series, I do, but even then, a novel in a series should be mostly self contained, this is anything but. It feels like Skalzi couldn't finish the book on time so he just published what he had so far. long story short, I don't think it's worth the money or the credit on its own.

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  • troy
  • 26/03/2017

incomplete story

it's a partial story. a satisfactory beginning. but missed the middle and end. it felt like an imMediate rush job to get to a deadline of a new series.

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  • Kate
  • 28/03/2017

The Collapsing Empire

I love John Scalzi and have loved all of his books. This one disappointed in that it denigrated in superfluous use of "fuck" and sex with anything breathing. He's smarter than that . :/

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 09/04/2018

Good Start of a Series

wish it was longer, feels a bit cliffhanger-y. But itching for a Sequel means its good.