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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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  • 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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  • d creed
  • 2017-03-28

SI-FI politics...

Good narration. Not Scalzi best book... like listening to the 2016 election but 500 years in the future.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Ron P
  • 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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  • 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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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 2017-06-04

Opening foray for developing societal decay

John Scalzi's The Collapsing Empire is book 1 of the Interdependency series. John has created a future where Earth is long gone, replaced by a far flung "empire" of human settlements where few if any are self sufficient such that peace has been maintained by the survival need for "interdependency" among the numerous enclaves. This arrangement is enabled by the "flow" which represents a form of a trans-dimensional portal system between stars accessible with the right technology. Major "houses" or vertically integrated guild-like entities provide the commercial means to keep everything going, while an "emperor" functions as a type of "federal trade commission." The developing issue is that the "flow" is slowly shifting expected to result in isolation of mankind's settlements.

The sci-fi elements are mainly physics with the flow network, the central focus. Misinterpretation of flow dynamics drive much of the plot as various groups vie for positioning during the intra- and post- flow shifts. The social organization is intriguing with a dynastic monarchy and wholly family run enterprises with a resulting class structure that is pre-WWII British in flavor. Business and political savviness as well as naivete abound creating likable as well as immediately detestable individuals. Parallels to current climate change debate cannot be avoided.

The narration is well done, with a decent range of voices with varying social strata covered. As an opening salvo, this offering suggests much promise for future installments as well as lots of double crosses and unexpected plot twists..

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  • Russell
  • 2017-05-01

Scalzi Comes up with a New Worthy Series

How many inspired series can an author come up with in a career? The Old Man books have been John Scalzi's signature work. I wasn't as immediately inspired and gleeful with this piece because the bar was set so high - but by the ending I was committed.

We are introduced to an empire that is on the precipice of extinction due to natural causes. The faster than light method of travel which harnessed a poorly understood phenomenon called the flow was shifting or shutting down. The flow had provided accesses to distant star systems and humanity had set up artificial environments and a trading empire called the Interdependency. No one system was set up to survive on its own.

Unfortunately the inertia of a successful thousand year existence that allowed humanity to spread over vast differences made the people deaf to the physics that was predicting the shifting or ending of the flow. We have climate change deniers, this empire was ignoring signs of the disappearance of the flow. The only difference is that in book one, it doesn't look like this upcoming event was a man made problem.

Our major players include a newly minted emperor, who grew up away from the politics and training. She wasn't expected to rule, but her brother died in an accident. In normal times this would have been a disadvantage as the power games between powerful trading houses and families played out. But this empire was facing a challenge that required thinking outside of the box. She must respond to a scientist and his son who both understood enough of flow physics to predict the upcoming catastrophe. They live on a distant backwater system called End, and the son just made it out of the system before their flow access to the hub shut down. He will inform the Empero (the official title of leaders from a thousand year reign)

There are a lot of interesting, colorful and despicable characters and a fascinating religious, political and social setup to make this an entertaining adventure. I couldn't help drawing some parallels to what is going on in politics and religion today.

The ending is very satisfying - the leader has a plan - I can't wait until the next book to see if it works out.

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  • 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 . :/

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  • troy
  • 2017-03-26

incomplete story

it's a partial story. a satisfactory beginning. but missed the middle and end. it felt like an imMediate rush job to get to a deadline of a new series.

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