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The Collapsing Empire

The Interdependency, Book 1
Auteur(s): John Scalzi
Narrateur(s): Wil Wheaton
Durée: 9 h et 24 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (268 évaluations)

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Description

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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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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can't wait for the next!

Such an ambitious story. The universe Scalzi has created here is wondrous! Will Wheaton brings an entreating performance that captivates quickly and assuredly

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  • 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
    4 out of 5 stars
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surprisingly good

I usually don't like political stuff but the vulgar characters were just so hilarious that it didnt matter what they talked about. Wil Wheaton is starting to become one of my favourite narrators. his portrayal of male and female characters is pretty darn good.

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Passable but a let down

I read one other Scalzi book (the androids dream) and I really enjoyed it. A fun, easy going sci fi story. The collapsing empire was really slow paced, and really not much of a sci fi story. More a fantasy novel really. Well written from a mechanical point of view, but the story wasn't very compelling. I suppose the problem was that I came in with higher expectations and felt let down. Having said all that, it was a sale title and I did enjoy it enough to listen all the way through.

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  • Dan
  • 2019-04-27

well Wil Wheaton was good again

I purchased a few John scalzi novels now and liked all of them except for this one. while Wil Wheaton does another great performance the story was very boring and not very original, it was like a Intergalactic C-SPAN channel put to book. I felt sometimes like I was listening to an Attack of the Clones "Senate edition" of Star Wars it was that bad. I feel we give the classification of Science Fiction too much leeway too, I mean this was basically a political fight , one-upmanship , financial and political maneuvering behind everybody's back, typical and pretty boring cliched story lines.Just because it happened in space it's called Science Fiction ? I didn't fall in love with the characters either. Needless to say I will not be buying the second and third installment of this. Wil Wheaton is once again fantastic but I still have to give this a big thumbs down.

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Love John Scalzi and WIl Wheaton!

Glad to hear another book by John Scalzi and narrated by Wil Wheaton. Great combo, look forward to book 2 in the series!

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fantastic!

One of the best books i have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. I am so excited for the rest of the series!!

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Entertaining

A strong story that contains the death of an emperor, illegitimate child, a terrorist act and a civil war.....all the while the empire collapsea. I enjoyes this very much
Wil Wheaton is a terrific narrator.

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Like Dropping An Ice Cream Cone On A Hot Summer Da

Cheeky and vulgar with an acceptable amount of gripping action, this audio book had the making of something I can binge and get into. Unfortunately the ending is abrupt and leaves much to be desired. I'm hooked now and will get on with the series but I feel like the continuation of the series could have launched elsewhere.

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  • Ian Fenty
  • 2018-11-15

disappointing

Wheaton does a fine job with banal material. first book was much more entertaining. this one feels adolescent.

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  • US Reviewer
  • 2018-02-19

I won't be going further with this series

I'm a *big* fan of John Scalzi's.

I like his sharp-edged, sarcastic and comic science fiction (e.g., Agent to the Stars, Redshirts, Fuzzy Nation, and The Android's Dream) and his somewhat more serious, more science-y stuff (e.g., Lock In and The Dispatcher).

(Douglas Adams (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and all the Hitchhiker's Guide books) and Scott Meyer (Off to be the Wizard and its sequels) are other comic science fiction writers whose (smart/absurd/funny) work I enjoy.)

But The Collapsing Empire. Ugh. This book is dark and bitter without ever becoming funny. I could either (a) *not* care less about or (b) immediately disliked every character, even the two principal protagonists. And The Interdependency, well, *yawn*.

I'll just say I'm happy to have started with Scalzi's other works. The books I listed earlier all rate 4.75 to 5 star and are *vastly* superior. I'd recommend them all over The Collapsing Empire.

Wil Wheaton delivers a typical Wil Wheaton performance. He's just got very little to work with here.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Jack O'neill
  • 2017-04-02

Scalzi Can Do Better.

First, with the good. Wil Wheaton kills it; as always. Scalzi flexes his creative muscles in creating yet another vivid universe with a semi-original premise. Where this one really fell far short for me was an underwhelming story and dearth of developed characters. Both of which, Scalzi usually excels.

I still don't really understand why I should care that 'The Flow' was collapsing/changing. There were only two characters that I gave the slightest care about; Kiva and the new Empero, Cardenia. The former, from sheer shock value, and the latter from actual character development; the others merely fell flat.

And, Scalzi throws A LOT of characters at you. It's​ almost impossible to care about what happens to anyone. Without characters to really connect with, I wasn't invested in the premise. To paraphrase Scalzi's characters "Why should I give a shit?"

Overall, not a terrible romp to pass the time, but I know Scalzi is capable of far greater. Sorry, but this is one universe I think I'll 'Flow' away from 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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  • 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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  • clifford
  • 2018-02-05

Dumb

This is Sci-fi with minimal world building. Essentially today’s tech with space ships and little else in the way of technological advances even though it’s set 1000’s of years into the future.

The plot revolves around a muted Game of Thrones character structure. The characters are dumb and shallow.

All in all this is a big letdown for any fan of the first couple Old Mans War books

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  • Ross Hageman
  • 2017-09-27

This was rough.

This needed to be fleshed out much more. As readers we were thrown into a world we had never seen and the writer only let us see with one eye. He (the author) forced us to follow a character (keeva) that seemed so unlikely that we couldn't follow her safely in this brand new landscape. She had so many unexpected tendencies that I couldn't focus on whether to decide that the author wanted her to originally be a rough-shod man or whether we were meant to be inspired at his ability to completely destroy our preconceived notions of a classic Herione.

A fun concept; 'the flow' I only wish I could have been allowed to understand it rather than reverting to the classic cop out that posits 'you as a regular person would never understand'



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  • Gonzalo
  • 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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  • 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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  • George Crosby
  • 2018-12-12

I don't enjoy relentless sarcasm.

Sadly whatever interesting universe that could have existed is drowned in a sea of thick and murky sarcasm. I can't tell if the author intended this or that wil wheaton is just imposing unrelenting sarcasm onto every character, every explanation and into every chapter. Not only am I frustrated, I am confused. I couldn't finish the book because listening to the flow of sarcasm was negatively affecting my day.

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