The Collapsing Empire

The Collapsing Empire 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 an

  • Title: The Collapsing Empire
  • Author: John Scalzi
  • ISBN: 9780765388896
  • Page: 287
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 otThe 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.

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    1. As delightful and easy to read as Scalzi at his best (Redshirts, Old Man's War), with characters who are going to stay with you whenever you have to put the book down which you aren't going to want to do.I won't discuss plot, at all, but I will say this much: like all great SF, and like the SF that has become accepted as classic, The Collapsing Empire works as a wonderful SF tale but it also has important allegory, metaphor, and commentary on some things that are going on right now, for reader [...]

    2. A big thanks to Netgalley for this ARC!This novel marks a very strong return to Space Opera for Scalzi and I'll admit that I felt slightly trepidatious about it, after all, these tomes usually require a fairly substantial investment of time and energy, especially when contemplating an extensive book deal for him running to 2027! (Congrats, by the way!)However, I should just go ahead and trust that my favorite authors, Scalzi included, can pull off these kinds of really ambitious undertakings. He [...]

    3. Posted at Heradas ReviewScalzi is accessible science fiction, and this is Scalzi (the storyteller) at his best. He’s improved at structuring a story over the years, and this is more evidence to support that claim. You can tell how much fun he’s having writing a space opera in a universe very separate from the Old Man's War series. My one complaint would be with Scalzi’s prose, and only because I know he can do better than this. See the codas at the end of Redshirts, or the novella The Saga [...]

    4. This is a wildly fun space opera. Witty, irreverent, even a little sexy. Lots and lots of world building and the society here, the Interdependency is full of intrigue. Incredible women characters which is very refreshing. I was turning the page so so fast and sad when the book ended. One flaw is that there are some really annoying, kind of lazy ways in which the reader is taught about this world. Like, straight up, in one scene a guy is explaining the universe to kids on a field trip. Bro.Also, [...]

    5. 4.25ish stars.'Accessible' is a word I've read used to describe Scalzi's fiction a lot, and it's true. This feels like old school space opera, commercial and unabashedly traditional- with some modern sensibilities if that's not too big a contradiction. It's also basically a giant set-up for the forthcoming series but, as bait, it pulled me in hook, line and sinker. I've also noticed multiple mentions comparing Scalzi's dialogue to Joss Whedon. Which, let's be honest, makes him my soulmate. Maybe [...]

    6. If you like political machinations, space, Scalzi's wit, and characters who are more asshole than charming, you'll enjoy this. It took me a little bit to get used to the general lack of fucks all of the characters give (and the amount of fucks the characters say), but I found myself rooting for many of them by the end and I'm interested to see how the rest of this series will go.

    7. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2017/04/06/Let me start by saying I’m a huge fan of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series. Years ago when I was still mostly reading fantasy and wanted to get into science fiction, I’d made the initial mistake of starting my journey with a couple of “classic” titles that nonetheless made me feel like I was in way over my head. It wasn’t until the moment I picked up the first Old Man’s War book that I realized the element I’d been mis [...]

    8. First, the good news – The Collapsing Empire is a smart, entertaining, easily digestible page turner. In other words, it’s a John Scalzi novel. It’s also a nice bit of old fashioned sci-fi fun – heroes do heroic things and villains do villainous things, the story has nice momentum and the world-building is fun.Trying to figure out why I felt unsatisfied by the book is a little harder to explain, especially when I basically had a good time reading it. I think it comes down to the fact tha [...]

    9. It is always enjoyable to get back to an author you've had so many great reading experiences with. It has been quite a while since Scalzi swam in the waters of Space Opera but he is still in fine form with this new series, The Interdependency.One thing I greatly appreciated in Old Man's War was the rational, believable, but still fantastical universe he set his stories in. Likewise with The Collapsing Empire we have a really neat premise (The Flow, naturally occurring interstellar paths that all [...]

    10. A rip-roaring story with a huge dilemma at its center. Scalzi delivers yet again!The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi is part of a new sequence (I can’t find details on how many books it will comprise of but I hope it’s lots!), which is due for release on 23 March. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. BackgroundSet in a universe where planets in the ‘Interdependency’ are all connected via the Flow. Space travel hasn’t evolved to the level used in most sci-fi [...]

    11. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟Re-read on October 2017 amidst the chaos and craziness of what is known as "real life"Even better the second time around! Definitely one of the best reads of this year ****************************************What an insanely entertaining and oddly satisfying book! This was my first book by this author, according to a number of his ardent fans this is not one of his best works. If this is an example of not his best, I can' t wait to read the suppos [...]

    12. This was a lot of fun. Scalzi is really becoming one of my favorite writers, as his work is so readable yet so full of ideas. His science is plausible and he tells it in a way that an ordinary person can understand. He takes serious situations and balances them with snarky dialogue and humor. I wouldn't call his work comedy, but there is enough humor in it to keep it upbeat most of the time.This is the beginning of a new series, and this first book shows such great promise. I'm definitely lookin [...]

    13. 5/10I've never read any John Scalzi before and I saw this on NetGalley and decided it would be a good entry into his work (free) and a good indication on whether to read some of his other stuff like Old Man's War.As you might be able to tell from the rating, I didn't overly like this book. The plot strands were a bit thin, the characters didn't jump off the page and felt a bit formulaic. It doesn't help that my only real comparison for this is the Expanse series which has style and quality chara [...]

    14. The humanity has left Earth and spread through the universe via the system of flows, which connect planets to each other. A new empire was created, but it's now facing a crisis because something is happening to the flows. Three persons want to save the civilisation(s), but others just seek to benefit from the chaos.This book is a pretty good start for the series, and you really do want to know what will happen in the next book. The three people mentioned are the newest emperox (same title for ei [...]

    15. Hmm where to begin with this one?The Collapsing Empire is the weakest of the four books by Scalzi that I've read. Its a novel about the political machinations of the super rich, their schemes and the downfall of their Empire.It follows a group of planets which have been colonised by humans who are united under the rule of the Emperox of the Interdependency. These planets are united by a mysterious force called The Flow which has made faster than light travel a reality. Now The Flow is becoming u [...]

    16. The beginning of the end of a thousand years of the Interdependency, an interstellar Empire of humanity post-Earth and linked by the Flow, an astrophysics anomaly that allows faster than light travel. The merchant Lady Kiva has come to the only habitable planet in the Interdependency only to find it in the middle of a rebellion against the reigning Duke and the machinations of another merchant house. On the same planet the son of a brilliant Flow physicist Marce needs to get to the Imperial Hub [...]

    17. I read about the first quarter of this book before I was sure this just wasn't going to be for me. I've read two other books by Scalzi and although I liked the first in the old man's War series, I really didn't care too much about Lock In. I feel like the tone in this book is more in the style of Lock In, and yet it's a really politically-heavy book and focuses a lot on warring between wealthy families and scheming to undermine. I really don't feel like Scalzi doing that sort of politically-heav [...]

    18. Obično ne opisujem što se u knjizi nalazi (napiše izdavač, a GR prenese), no eto kad je na eng. mogu ponekad.U normalnom smo Einsteinovom svemiru - putovanja brža od svjetlosti nisu moguća.No moguće su, već uobičajene, prostor-vrijeme anomalije. Tako ima i jedna nazvana "Tok" (Flow).Fina lijepa crvotočina toliko duga da se i nekoliko godina putuje s kraja na kraj, no ipak je omogućila pojavu Carstva nazvanog Međuovisnost (Interdependency).Zgodno zamišljenog (namjerno) baš tako da s [...]

    19. To be perfectly clear about this extended short story: It's a trap luring you into reading a series which doesn't exist, yet. Are you ready for that?In television, I'd expect this pilot movie to be instantly followed by a first season. In book series, I don't know many installations which feel as hollow and screaming "buy me" as this one. I said it is an extended short story, not a novel. For one, it is 336 pages, which is short for a novel but too long for a novella in the usual meaning. Two, t [...]

    20. This is the first book in a new setting/universe from Scalzi. Being a huge fan of his Old Man's War books I had really high expectations and he surpassed them. This is a great book that I loved reading. I'm not a huge science fiction fan so what I really need in a science fiction book is an engaging story that is well written, keeps me turning the pages and has great characters. This book has all of it. Kiva Lagos! Love her. Her alone is enough to justify reading this book.Yeah, the characters a [...]

    21. Scalzi being one of my favourite scifi authors, I couldn't resist getting this new novel of his.From the prologue, the narration was full of humour and snark, something the author does very well. Mix to that interesting characters - from Cardenia, the new reluctant Emperor of this Interdependency society, Marce, scientist on a mission, to the the foul-mouthed but oddly likeable Kiva - and action scenes, and you have a pretty entertaining read. The setting itself is intriguing with a society span [...]

    22. Can't say much about this yet BUT DON'T WORRY I WILL, I WILL HAVE SOME WORDS.UPDATE: I finally wrote some words about this novel! I am also writing even more soon because I suspect this is the space novel I yell about for the entirety of 2017.UPDATE 2: I READ THIS AGAIN AND IT'S STILL GR8, MY PALS. Maybe you should give it a try.

    23. I tried repeatedly to read and finish this book, but finally gave up at 25 percent (DNF). Look I like John Scalzi a lot. I loved "Redshirts" and "Lock In", but this book right here is all the worst bits of "The Android's Dream" and I refuse to read that book ever again.I think the biggest issue of why I couldn't get into this book is that I felt like I just got dropped right in the middle of an interesting story. But no one wants to take the time to explain to me why this story is so interesting [...]

    24. On the blog: "review reviewed" in English: girotix/2017/También en castellano: girotix/2017/Three and half stars(I know there could be some mistakes in this review. I’m trying to improve my English, thanks)The Collapsing Empire reminds me the entertaining readings of Poul Anderson’s "The Polesotechnic League". Briefly, the argument deals with the intrigues and rivalries of various families in an interstellar -and collapsing- empire. Thus, Scalzi joints the trend about dynastic intrigues see [...]

    25. My first Scalzi. Maybe I should have picked another one. 20% into the book I was contemplating to DNF it. Mostly talk, talk, talk, not much plot or character development, interchangeable characters, little world building, a lot of swearing instead of decent dialogue.30% into the book things finally started to get more interesting and by the halfway point I was hooked and wanted to find out everything. Still too much pointless swearing, but at least the plot was evolving.In the end I liked this w [...]

    26. bookslifewine/r-the-collapWOW. 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 [...]

    27. This is one of Scalzi’s rollicking fables and I enjoyed the fast pace and imaginative scenarios.What we have is a galaxy populated only by humans (so far as this story is concerned) and they are organized into trading guilds.The guilds are basically families and they are as rapacious as Mafia chieftains. They get around the galaxy in spaceships that can’t travel faster than light.But there is “The Flow,” which is a cousin to wormholes and means that you can go to any place in months rath [...]

    28. The book description best describes the futuristic world of The Collapsing Empire. The main POVs are the newly crowned Empress of the Interdependency, Cardenia, Lady Kiva of the trade house of Lagos, and Marce, Lord of Claremont, a scientist. Empress Cardenia: She never thought she'd become Empress being the bastard child of the Emperox, but with the sudden death of her older brother she was next in line for the throne. She inherits the throne when, unknown to the majority, the space pathways (" [...]

    29. Executive Summary: A really fun start to a new series. Plus it introduced me to my new favorite John Scalzi character. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book.Audiobook: I've always found Wil Wheaton a great fit for John Scalzi books, and this one is no different. He reads clearly at a good volume, with good inflection, and the occasional voice for male characters. Not to mention he delivers the snark well. As usual, this book is a good option in audio.Full ReviewI have yet to read a John S [...]

    30. Short and sweet, but one of Scalzi's best to date. I devoured this book in a couple days, faster than I've read anything in many months. The new setting, with some of the same aspects of the Old Man's War series, was very enjoyable and creative, and the characters really shone. I loved the twists and turns, and actually enjoyed that the book simultaneously ended it's own arc, while leaving the rest of the story massively wide open, and ended on quite a cliffhanger going forward. I love Scalzi's [...]

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