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The Consuming Fire

The Interdependency, Book 2
Lu par : Wil Wheaton
Durée : 8 h et 19 min
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Aaron
  • 05/12/2018

What an Ending - YES

I love, love the ending. I can not wait for book 3.
I hope for book 4 and more.

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  • John Norton
  • 20/10/2018

Ingenious!

Super plotting and characterization, with Scalzi's trademark satirical touches. Okay, sarcasm. Wheaton must always do Scalzi.

In sum: Better than cats. Better than pie.

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  • Craig
  • 20/10/2018

Super good!

A great sequel, and a super funny and exciting book. Everything that we should expect from Scalzi. The story was a bit predictable at times, but it was still very fun to read.

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  • Dana Pearson
  • 18/10/2018

Already waiting for what happens next!

Ya know how how rare it is to fall in love with a series and finish the next book in one sitting? Well... That's the magic of Scalzi & his new series... Luv Wheaton's frolicking reading, the riotous potty mouth of some and the plot intrigue in this expanding universe... Just get it!

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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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  • Global
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  • i love this game so much you will once you start playing it!
  • 17/10/2018

Usually sequels are not as good as the original. This is better than the first

My Daughters high school English class has a year long assignment with each student choosing an author, reading four novels from them,essay on each and then an essay about the author. I asked my Daughter why she picked John Scalzi and she said that he is so funny that it takes the boredom out of reading plus Will Wheaton is great to listen to if I listen to the audio book. She is right Scalzi dialogue is filled with humour. I imagine that he must be a funny guy to be around because he is just humorous. This second novel is better than the first because the back story was already there and he was able to jump right into the story. I expect the next novel to be even better. He is one of the top science fiction writers alive right now. Everything he writes wins awards. He is also a prolific writer that will be like Stephen King by the end of his life with novels taking up entire wall of a book store.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Walter
  • 08/11/2018

Not to be recommended

John Scalzi has written some brilliant books ( he is one of my favourite scifi-authors) but has also produced a few that did not work at all. Sadly this novel here belongs to the later group, though it is not bad this second part of a new series just does not connect.

In the background the chances happening to the worlds of the human trade empire that we were introduced to in the first part are still going on. However in this book the main emphasis is political intrigue and infighting without any restraints – a kind of Trump-style contest. Maybe the author let too much of his well-known dislike of Donald Trump into the text?

It is only towards the end when the author brings in some new twists that the potential of this books shines through a bit. That is enough for a dedicated fan to await the next instalment of the series, for a novice to the series and or the author not so.

I do not know if the content is to blame, but for the first time the performance of Wil Wheaton does not fit either. The somewhat breathless angry-young-man style does not really fit but almost increases the annoyance.

To sum it up: for people who are not fans of the author I sadly cannot recommend this book at all.

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