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The Last Emperox is the thrilling conclusion to the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today best-selling Interdependency series, an epic space opera adventure from Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi.

The collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, has accelerated. Entire star systems - and billions of people - are becoming cut off from the rest of human civilization. This collapse was foretold through scientific prediction...and yet, even as the evidence is obvious and insurmountable, many still try to rationalize, delay and profit from, these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.

Emperox Grayland II has finally wrested control of her empire from those who oppose her and who deny the reality of this collapse. But "control" is a slippery thing, and even as Grayland strives to save as many of her people form impoverished isolation, the forces opposing her rule will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne and power, by any means necessary. Grayland and her thinning list of allies must use every tool at their disposal to save themselves, and all of humanity. And yet it may not be enough.

Will Grayland become the savior of her civilization...or the last emperox to wear the crown?

©2020 John Scalzi (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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So Short

Too many loose ends. Seemed rushed and hurried. I was expecting something twice as long.

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Brilliant end to Series

Some wrote that end ending was rushed. I felt it was precise, tied up all the necessary loose ends and was just as fun to listen to as the rest. Yes I understand it lacks a fairy tale ending but when you reflect it is rather perfect and I would mor change a thing.

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Very satisfying

Good sci-fi, well paced. Well rounded story with intrigue, some violence, good small sex scenes but not gratuitous. Felt a bit politically correct but you know what? It really worked to have The females as the primary aggressors with the males being semi-passive. But it was a good turn of events. Looking forward to more of Scalzi’s work. To be honest I actually rolled my eyes when I saw that it was Will Wheaton who was the narrator but I like that he was able to consistently convey the characters intentions with his inflections. They were very consistent. My favourite character thanks to Will Wheaton, was the French AI former king that I actually found very funny great job. Definitely recommended.

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Shallow

I honestly struggled to finish this... Luckily it was short. Wil Wheaton did a good job narrating but his voice was getting grating after a while. His nerdy lisp really came out in some of the characters' voices. However, my main issue was with the story, which is just so dull. I made it through but was relieved when I reached the end. There just wasn't enough depth to the characters, setting, or plot to make me wanting more.

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that's how you finish it!?!?

wow....really enjoyed first two but....damn, taking notes for game of thrones to wrap it up. I'm heartbroken.

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Disappointing

Endless rehashing of known information. Lots of political maneuvering and little action. And the basic premise makes no sense. A far distant future with a feudal social structure? No.

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A satisfying end to the series

While I'm sad the series has ended, this book is a very satisfying end to a really fun series. Everyone gets a good wrap up and no loose ends.

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content extremely repetitive

Narrator was outstanding.

WAY too much recapping and repetition of evident info...over and over and...well, you get the picture

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Damn it Scalzi.........

Loved it until the last chapter. Hated the ending. Wheaton was simply amazing as narrator.

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Excellent conclusion with spinoff prospects.

The last 3 chapters felt a bit rushed and also left me wanting more. There was ample foreshadowing to not be truly surprised by anything twisty but it was still a good ending. Wheaton does what I think is a great job working in so many accents to simplify telling the many characters apart.

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  • Chandrian
  • 2020-04-23

Wait that’s it

Worth the read to wrap up loose ends but really feels like this one was phoned in. Just meh, good quarantine listen if your doing house work, but it left the world building and exploration the first books did so well with behind. Wil Wheaton’s narration is solid as usual.

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  • Harold
  • 2020-04-25

I bought 3 audiobooks for this crap.

I rate, but don’t write reviews often... but this ending seemed like slapped together crap from an author that got board half way through. When I picked up this series I didn’t think he was going to phone the ending in. Not only did the way he (not to give it away) leaned out the character pool leave very unfulfilling ending to character arcs, but the lack of details and thought behind it telegraphed the end of the book. It left only two possabilities. Either he left the ending twist to be written by an 8th grader, or it was going to end the way it did. There was no other way for it to end.
On the plus side the narration was great.

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  • JRtherebel
  • 2020-04-23

What a let down

After everything, this is just a giant letdown. Will did a great job, but it’s like 3/4 of the way through the book Scalzi realized he hadn’t done anything to wrap it up, and then tried to do it all at once.

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  • Scott Mckenzie
  • 2020-04-20

What a way to ruin the series. Thanks Scalzi.

Wil Wheaton did an amazing job, like normal.

Scalzi took a great series and ended it so badly, I have no words. If you want experience the awful ending like I have, go ahead a buy this book.

You have been warned!

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  • Roswatheist
  • 2020-04-14

A Solid End To a Trilogy

I typically don't like planned trilogies but my affection for Scalzi's writing isn't typical. It took me a bit to warm up to The Collapsing Empire-two listens, but once I did, I fell hard (in contrast, I immediately loved Lock In). Wil Wheaton, as always, is an absolute pleasure of a narrator, though I admit to my bias in that, super geek that I am, I probably would enjoy his narration regardless.

Good scifi requires a foundation in good science and this is no exception to Scalzi's collection. Accidentally relevant, the lessons in this trilogy pack a punch and I look forward to reading the next lesson.

P.S. without spoiling anything plot-wise, I have to say that, "glitter dumpster of a mother" is my favorite phrase now.

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  • Tiffany
  • 2020-04-26

wtf happened with this novel

I loved the first two, but this one was complete horsesh!t. I'm not entirely sure what Scalzi was aiming for, but he certainly didn't hit it. The performance was good, the story was not.

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  • Lauren L
  • 2020-04-16

Surprising ending

well written, fantastic story that leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat or swearing outloud at the events that take place. the ending floored me, and left me sobbing.

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  • Mike
  • 2020-04-22

Disappointing ending

A disappointing ending to the trilogy, with a deus ex machina conclusion. Has little of the spirit of the first two books.

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  • CyaniCteC
  • 2020-04-16

boring end to a hollow series. no plot development

seriously, the premise had potential and instead it ends up just being a want-to-be game of thrones. no story development, and the most interesting elements to the story are glazed over for the sake of convenient plot changes. wheaton is not the best voice for the story either.

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  • John Willis
  • 2020-04-15

The dance floor is rented, the band is paid

It seemed a tight story which didn't waste a lot of time in tying up loose ends. All of the characters developed in the previous books are back and given a moment to shine. The story however seemed to suffer at the expense of the goal of this book. Which was to wind things down and bring things to a type of conclusion.. with no promise to follow up with the characters later. It rather felt like the last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.. complete with a 'Q' stand in.. to answer all questions and teach a few lessons. I found myself grasping at threads of story lines that could have easily spun themselves off into entire novels.. but they were left as stage dressing for the reader to just imagine what happened to that story line.. but this book had one mainline core to its purpose which it relentlessly pursued to the end. In the end it reminded me of how they ended the Star Wars Saga in the most recent movies.. regardless of what the fans wanted.. or might have preferred.. this had to be the end. Oh well.

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