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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.

Ce que les critiques disent

"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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

ok novel

Not as entertaining as other Scalzi novels. I wasn't sad when it was over and I don't think I will read the sequel.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • B
  • 2018-04-07

a good read

it was very good, the beginning I found was hard to follow but I have that issue with every book. very much enjoyed it and looking forward to the next book.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rob
  • 2018-05-30

Hell yes!

Loved it! Really great story from Scalzi. As good as Old Man's War. Definitely need the sequel. I mean NEED!

Solid performance by Wheaton. He's not my favorite, and sometimes injects intonation that seems out of character for the Characters, but he's on point and consistent.

Sequel! Now dammit! October 2018 is too far away.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ben
  • 2018-05-13

Good sci-fi, but characters can be flat and vulgar

Good sci-fi all round, interesting notion of space travel and worlds, and good characters with an unintended empress, meddling families, and out-of-his-depth scientist.

Only thing I didn't really like about this book was the narrator didn't have the greatest voices for some characters and a few of the characters are way more vulgar than necessary. I didn't think they fit some of the status/situations, and it really wasn't needed for the plot to advance. If anything, it was a distraction and a detraction.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim
  • 2018-03-30

Very solid book.

I really enjoyed this. it was a joy to listen to and I look forward to more. Scalzi is a must listen.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Gonzalo
  • MIAMI, FL, United States
  • 2017-05-11

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Delwyn
  • 2017-05-02

Good concept, okay story, distracting narrator

I really enjoyed the potential here, but it really doesn't deliver. The intrigue is pretty meh and the antagonists pretty forgettable. Come to think of it all the characters are pretty bland and indistinct, although I don't know how much of that goes to Wil Weaten's piss poor performance. He's one of those narrators who doesn't bother with any real attempt at distinguishing any of the characters, minus the occasional "aristocratic" accent, giving no soul or flair to his reading. I was constantly not engaged, instead thinking about how Wesley Crusher was the worst Star Trek character ever.

All in all if you like interesting takes on hyperspace this is worth a shot. The story ends right when it feels it should be kicking off, but given it's vol. one that's forgivable. Despite my poor experience with the narrator I do look forward to the next one, although I think it's worth picking up a hard copy to save yourself 10 hours of listening to Wesley Crusher yell "fuck" repeatedly.

4 personnes sur 4 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-03-29

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • pat
  • 2017-03-25

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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    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Adam K Stevens
  • 2017-06-10

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.

73 personnes sur 88 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kate
  • 2017-03-28

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 . :/

30 personnes sur 36 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ron P
  • Monroe, WA USA
  • 2017-03-29

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • David
  • 2017-06-07

Half a story

I world agree with others that Scalzi has written half a book here. I'd add that I'm not a fan of Wil Weaton, although he did a better job here than he's done in other audio books, he still doesn't know how to pause when there are commas, sounds like he's rushing to get it over with. I picked the book up at a local bookstore and much preferred reading it myself.

16 personnes sur 19 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-04-01

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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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • teanah
  • 2017-06-28

Sort of Boring

What disappointed you about The Collapsing Empire?

It has an interesting premise but gets bogged down with excessive world building, fake physics and sciencey sounding words at the expense of character building.

Has The Collapsing Empire turned you off from other books in this genre?

No I still love sci-fi space operas. This book was just a bad one.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wil Wheaton has a lovely voice that can make even a terrible story tolerable to listen to.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the technology was neat I guess.

Any additional comments?

After listening to this book I never want to hear the words "Fuck" "interdependency" or "emperox" ever again.

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