Review: The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi

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Review: The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi five-stars
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
Series: The Interdependency #1
Published by Tor/Forge on March 21, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Pages: 329
Format: Hardcover
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The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War.

Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible -- until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport 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.

WOW. John Scalzi is quickly becoming one of my favorite Sci-Fi writers.

I enjoyed reading The Collapsing Empire so very much, I have no words. I devoured this book in huge chunks and I was distracted at work all day yesterday – I was so anxious to get home and start reading.

The prologue was such an attention grabber – a space mutiny in progress! – but when it settled down in the opening chapter, everything still had a sense of urgency that was amazingly engrossing. I had some doubts at first – I’m not much into political plot lines and games of thrones (The Kushiel Universe being the major exception) but Scalzi’s writing carried me right past that concern. I loved it. I loved the good guys, booed the bad guys and even found myself cheering for a crude, foul-mouthed character.

And Caldinia. She’s the best kind of nice person: someone who isn’t nice to a fault. I loved the way she shut shit down when she had her first meeting after becoming Emperorox. The only issue I had was that Caldinia should have had the sister put to death. The only safe enemy is a dead one.

Scalzi’s dialogue is snappy without feeling forced – which made The Collapsing Empire a definite page turner. I would LOVE to see this one as a movie…

I’m finding it difficult to write this review as I’m still feeling the after-reading high. And I’m telling mom to read this one.

As if you weren’t sure: Recommended!

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