The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)

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 other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space,...


Details The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)

TitleThe Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)
ISBN9780765388896
Author
Release DateMar 21st, 2017
PublisherTor Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Audiobook
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Reviews The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)

  • Wil Wheaton
    2017-03-16
    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 commentar...
  • Bradley
    2017-01-13
    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 of...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    2016-10-28
    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 coda...
  • Roxane
    2017-03-29
    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 explainin...
  • Philip
    2017-05-18
    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. Wh...
  • Gary
    2017-04-17
    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...
  • Samantha
    2017-02-25
    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.
  • Lyn
    2018-06-20
    Delicious.John Scalzi’s 2017 space opera MAGNIFICO! is delicious the same way hipster doughnuts with fruity pebbles or maple with bacon are yummy: decadent, a little on the silly side, but OH! SO GOOD!Reminiscent of Jack Vance, Samuel Delaney, Frank Herbert and Douglas Adams (Adams?? YES! It’s funny, sometimes even hilarious) but with a modernity born of the INFORMATION AGE! Scalzi does what Scalzi does best – entertains with a cool as ice ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2017-03-23
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/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 firs...
  • Mike
    2016-05-24
    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 Flo...
  • Paul O'Neill
    2017-02-18
    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...
  • Manuel Antão
    2017-06-19
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Oobla Dee Oobla Dah SF: "The Collapsing Empire" by John Scalzi I recently bought a box of pulp SF from eBay - most dating from the 50s and 60s. Lantern-jawed, pipe-smoking men save the world while their gorgeous female assistants are prone to outbursts of come-hither hero worshiping and swooning - especially when kissed fiercely and unexpectedly by the lantern-jawed men. The latest one ...
  • Jaya
    2017-07-08
    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟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 exampl...
  • Richard
    2017-02-11
    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 th...
  • Chris
    2017-04-10
    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 bo...
  • 7jane
    2017-09-17
    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 peopl...
  • Katie
    2017-02-25
    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 ...
  • Lindsay
    2017-04-03
    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...
  • Andreas
    2017-04-02
    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 t...
  • Krbo
    2017-03-28
    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 (Interdepende...
  • Obsidian
    2017-04-11
    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...
  • Scott
    2017-04-22
    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 t...
  • Veronique
    2017-04-10
    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. Th...
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2017-05-05
    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 lea...
  • Carlex
    2017-07-24
    On the blog: "review reviewed" in English: https://girotix.blogspot.com.es/2017/...También en castellano: https://girotix.blogspot.com.es/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 familie...
  • Renay
    2016-09-22
    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.
  • MrsJoseph
    2017-06-01
    http://bookslifewine.com/r-the-collap...WOW. 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, every...
  • HBalikov
    2018-01-17
    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...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    2017-10-31
    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 wh...