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"Wil Wheaton narrates this space opera full of political intrigue and charismatic characters. The young Emperox Grayland II does not have an easy task ahead. The Interdependency is in jeopardy due to the collapse of various planets in the empire. Powerful families are looking out for their own interests, even if that means killing their enemies and threatening the empire. Wheaton delivers an expressive narration using a humorous tone when needed and employing his acting talent to bring the characters to life. This audiobook is a treat not only for Wheaton's fans but also for anyone who is into well-written science fiction." (AudioFile magazine) 

The Consuming Fire - the sequel to the 2018 Hugo Award Best Novel finalist and 2018 Locus Award-winning The Collapsing Empire - an epic space-opera novel in the best-selling Interdependency series, from the Hugo Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi.

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken.  

Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth - or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power.  

While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields. The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, but then so are her enemies. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy...and all of humanity will be caught in its widening gyre.  

The Interdependency series: 

  1. The Collapsing Empire
  2. The Consuming Fire
©2018 John Scalzi (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • David M. Polakiewicz
  • 15/11/2018

Coulda done without the whole Kiva storyline

I would have given the book all 5's if it wasn't for the whole Kiva storyline. If that part was taken out I would rate this book a 5+. Loved the rest of the storyline. Scalzi does an excellent job of creating a futuristic universe with collapsing wormholes, and different cultures, and species and futuristic technology. There's action and suspense and then adds just enough at the end of every book to make you want to read the next. Unfortunately, there's also Kiva - a woman who drops the F bomb more than any normal person would, spewing sarcasm and drama in every conversation she has with anyone - that's when she's not screwing someone. I actually fast forwarded the recording a few times when she was the focal point of the story - and I still got a lot out of the book and didn't feel I missed anything. Didn't particularly enjoy her in the first book, and she seemed to drop the F bomb a lot more in the second. I don't think it really added to the storyline. And Wil Wheaton - work on your British accent - you were awesome other than that.

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  • C. White
  • 16/10/2018

Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

Fine... I'll state it up front. I am an unabashed John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton fan boy! BUT there is a reason why, and the Consuming Fire is just another entry onto that long list of reasons. Given that this is the second book of the Interdependency series, I'm assuming that anyone who is reading this review has already made it through the Collapsing Empire, and you are wondering how this seconded entry holds up to the first. Overall, I actually enjoyed this book better. Whereas the first book focused mostly on the political maneuvering between two families and the physics of the flow. This entry dives more deeply into the Church of the Interdependency and how it is the practical glue that holds the Interdependency together. But just when you think this may turn into a plodding exploration of ecclesiastic devotion within the Interdependency, you are thrust into the politics of treason and outright betrayal across ALL the houses of the Interdependency, and stuck in the middle is Emperox Grayland II. Scalzi does a fantastic job in holding a mirror up to our own society to highlight the tendency of humans to ignore or dismiss inconvenient facts in favor lies that maintain the norm, or the lies that allow those in power to position themselves to take advantage of the chaos of the truth. Although I do not think that Scalzi intended to make a direct passion play to reflect our current debate surrounding global warming, throughout this book, I was forcibly reminded of the direct parallels. Before you get too worried that the book is a bit philosophically heavier than the typical Scalzi offering... fear not. The snarky wit and cleaver dialog that is a hallmark of Scalzi's writing is there from the very first sentence to the last. Throw in a bit of action, a few things blowing up and the unexpected discovery of the fate of Dalicia... you have a great Scalzi space opera. Finally... what John Scalzi review be complete without mention of his other half in these endevors: Wil Wheaton. Over the years, the voice of Wil Wheaton has become synonymous with John Scalzi. I have a hard time imagining listening to a Scalzi read by anyone else (sorry William Dufris, you've done a great job on the Old Man's War series, but Wil is still my goto for the voice of Scalzi).

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  • Roman A. Kobzarev
  • 25/11/2018

Artificially short

The story is fluffed up to fill the pages. Enough content for half a book. Mr Scalzi could defentley do better.

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  • ryan m
  • 15/12/2018

I love Kiva!

Awesome story. Went through part 1&2 within a week and I'm now anxiously waiting for the third book. Only other Scalzi that I've read was old man's war, which I loved, but this was on another level. Wheaton did a great job differentiating the characters and didn't over play the roles. 5 stars in every aspect!

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  • K. Piening
  • 17/10/2018

Amazing plot! Dialogue was serviceable.

Reminiscent of Dune, the plot and machinations of characters involved have satisfying ups, downs, twists, and turns. I've never been a big fan of the author's dialogue but it's serviceable and pretty easy to overlook. If you're a Dune fan you'll most likely enjoy this one!

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  • Ofer
  • 20/10/2018

The universe becomes much larger and very interest

The idea behind this series has always been an analogy with global climate changes. When the means by which the Interdependency is jeopardized by a natural (or possibly not so natural) shift in the Flow, humans behave as expected. People dither out of habit, wealthy interests try to dny the reality because it hurts their bottom line and politicos try to maneuver for power despite it being counterproductive or outright detrimental to survival. Yet we also see those in power try to make things better and work despite all this, and perhaps that is a hopeful sign for humanity (well that and having rulers that are able to sweep aside all of those above). But the truly fascinating part of this book is the "ancient" history that is discovered and that the universe is much larger than what was thought. It also introduces so truly interesting characters who are likely to be a treat in future novels.

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  • Donald Arquilla
  • 17/10/2018

Scalzi and Wheaton or the new dynamic duo?

seriously, I love scalzi's writing. his characters have great conversations and listening to will Wheaton swear in 6 different attitudes really gets you into the book. the story also opens up in this one. the whole of the first book is establishing the plot so this book can really focus on the story.

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  • JGB
  • 11/10/2019

Too many F-bombs

It just got difficult to listen to. I’m returning this one. (But I love Will Wheaton - always!)

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  • Shovat
  • 09/11/2018

good story bad dialog

the concept of the story I like. However, there are very few central characters I like. The ones that could be likable are tertiary characters and the characters the story focus on are all easy to hate.

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  • the mistress reviewer
  • 17/10/2018

Loved it but too short! High Fantasy spoiled me!

I really enjoyed this installment. Great world building as you would come to expect from Scalzi. My one complaint is that after listening to Dune, The Sword of Truth and Malazan Book of the Fallen, I've become used to 34-40h epics per entry so this took about a day to get through. no Fault of the author, just wish I had more. fantastic performance by the narrator.

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  • Dr. Andreas J. Häusler
  • 15/11/2018

Space opera at its finest

Let me begin this review in an unusual manner by stating that I read philosophical works about the future of AI, popular science explanations of astrophysics, biographies of mathematicians, actors, and politicians, and other material not related to my core expertise (autonomous systems, that is) that I find interesting. In short, I like to think of myself as someone with some degree of intellectual sophistication. That being said, when I reach out for entertainment, I want to be entertained. For instance, somewhere in the third volume, I gave up on Game of Thrones, since George R. R. Martin manages to put the good guys through a never-ending succession of misery and cruelty without any reasonable reprieve. I for my part don't feel entertained by works of fiction that remind me of how unjust and cruel life can be, and often is. In The Consuming Fire, John Scalzi creates several potential George R. R. Martin moments, but unlike Martin, Scalzi raises the tension in his story arc without breaking it. He knows his reader's critical moments where a reprieve must be offered, and he perfectly masters the delicate balance between the suspense that keeps one clinging to his words, and giving his readers the entertainment they're seeking by escaping into his worlds of fiction. In other words, where Martin fails, Scalzi delivers outstanding entertainment.

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  • Felix von Looz
  • 25/03/2020

Scalzi at it‘s best

I loved the old men‘s war series and was sceptical at first, when I read about his new trilogy. Especially about the whole empire setting. What I love about Scalzis books are the reasonable characters, which are a rare treat in scifi. Of course Scalzis figures also make mistakes and get in trouble. But not because of their own obvious stupidity or the lag of planing or good processes. I was worried that a royalty-empire setting could compromise this. But quite the opposite! The characters are awesome and I have listened to many scenes, especially with dialogues multiple times because they are just so much fun. Wil Wheaton also is just perfect for Scalzis Characters! I didn’t know before that he speaks audiobooks and now I am specifically looking for books, spoken by him. I seldom give 5 stars for anything, but this book absolutely deserve them. Absolute recommendation!

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  • stadtplandienst
  • 30/09/2019

Sorry I can't give six stars to While Wheaton

Great story and plausible characters. Also an incredible narrator While Wheaton. Absolutely enjoyable audio book.

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  • Q-efx
  • 25/09/2019

Holly Molly! Amazing speaker

And book! Can't wait for part 3! The speaker is amazing and some roles seem to come naturally :)

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  • Erick
  • 11/09/2020

Kinda OK für Hollywood fans

Ich habe "Kollaps" in der deutschen Fassung bei Audible gehört und sehr genossen. Darauffolgend hatte ich mich sehr gefreut den zweiten Teil der Serie weiter zu hören aber ich war leider etwas enttäuscht. Die Geschichte ist zwar unterhaltsam und es hat gewissermaßen Spaß gemacht aber zumindest diese Version auf Englisch mit Will Wheaton als Sprecher... na ja..man muss das schon mögen wenn jedes zweite Wort mit "F" anfängt. Ich weiß nicht ob Scalzi das so wirklich geschrieben hat oder ob das die "Interpretation" vom Herr Wheaton ist aber ich fand das sehr abtörnernd. Also wer amerikanischen "pop" Stil mag, wird wahrscheinlich das Buch "gut" finden. Man hat das Gefühl, dass man gerade eine Hollywood Produktion schaut. Darüber hinaus fand ich dass Herr Scalzi hat das Potential der Geschichte nicht wirklich völlig ausgenutzt.. (evtl. spoiler alert:) am Ende zaubert er ein Endung aus den nichts und es kommt einem gezwungen und verdummt. Na gut... Es ist allerdings kein schlechtes Buch und man kann die Zeit damit vertreiben aber ich muss nicht unbedingt das dritte Buch kaufen ehrlich gesagt.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 28/08/2020

Amazing

Amazing performance by Wil Wheaton. And the plot is so compelling, I listened to it in three days and now I need more...

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  • Martin
  • 29/09/2019

Great continuation of the series, waiting for next

Great continuation of the series, waiting for next part! And the reading by Will Wheaton is as good as the text itself...

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  • acheron
  • 09/06/2019

If you heard/read book 1, nothing more to say

Then you know that this is a great series, and that the second book is at least as good as the first, maybe even surpasses it. If you didn't read/listen to book 1, do it now. 5/5 would recommend both.

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  • tiffy.4u
  • 21/12/2018

Wann kommt das nächste Buch?

Super, mir hat das Buch sehr gut gefallen. Jetzt warte ich gespannt auf den dritten Teil.

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  • CD-litRPG fan
  • 22/11/2018

Too short!!!

As always, this author builds a great story with great characters and leaves you yearning for more, this time managing this even better than in the first book of the series. I seriously wish that the sequel woul have been longer. It's like when you are really really thirsty and only get a sip of cold water to drink. If the book lacks anything beyond additional chapters, then I dare suggest that the ending was too abrupt, that those issues that were solved (dropped story-lines) were solved too quick, perfect almost magicly. The new issues (story-lines) add great potential for a longer book series, but at the time they seem too removed from the immidiate development and not absolutely necessary. Since there is no word as to what's happening at End, one would at least expect to read about how the Interdependency prepares to face the challenge, but that is almost forgotten until the very end. Cleaning house can be considered as such, but given that society starts breaking apart already, the story seems rushed to me. Even the survival of the people in the isolated system is only brushed upon. So I don't get it why the author chose to miss out on all the drama, suffering and/or triumph of the more ordinary people.