The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2) by John Scalzi

The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2)

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it—unless desperate measures can be taken.Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But not...

Details The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2)

TitleThe Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2)
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Audiobook

Reviews The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2)

  • Kevin Kelsey
    I have to admit that I’m blown away. This is how you do a middle book in a series! I had a few misgivings about The Collapsing Empire (and some of Scalzi’s earlier novels), but he has completely outdone himself with this second Interdependency book. It’s fun to see his writing get better and better as he goes. The pacing is tighter, the story flows with more fluidity, the characters are much more distinct from one another now, the prose is ...
  • Mike
    Full review to come. Nice, fast paced sequel that keeps the first book's momentum going while layering in some neat twists and turns. Perhaps not the deepest or most fleshed out characters but they get the job done and deliver a story that is tough to put down. ~~~PrologueChapter 1 excerptChapter 2 excerpt
  • Joel
    This is one of my absolute favorite novels of the year - it's vintage Scalzi, it feels like perhaps the most Scalzi-ish novel, if that makes sense. It's clever, witty, keeps you on your toes, and the ending is among the most "HOLY CRAP YES!" moments in a novel I've ever read. This was an outstanding read that I thoroughly enjoyed start to finish. Close to my favorite Scalzi novel.
  • Vagabond of Letters
    3.5/10. A finely-written story (far better than recent Scalzi) irremediably marred by bullsh*t SJW feminism (of the 'all women must be like men down to being attracted to women and seize power and all positions of authority' variety), sexual revolution sluttiness, and anti-Christian (anti-revealed religion in general) sentiments - all in the introduction alone. However, there is a /single/ heterosexual male character (possibly a White), which is ...
  • Amazonaute
    I’ve put this under a spoiler thingee not because I have any, but to ensure that people won’t read this before they read the book, or don’t care about me taking the shine off. Which I do a lot in the below review.I apply a high standard to Scalzi. This is good stuff, an excellent first draft. The book could be better. I am a bit concerned that he has become so successful that his editors aren’t being firm with him. This has happened to ga...
  • Rob
    Executive Summary: Another fun book by Mr. Scalzi, although I wish it had been a bit longer.Audiobook: Once again, John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton make a perfect fit. John Scalzi books are always full of snark, and Wil Wheaton is great at delivering it. He also does a few voices along the way that makes this a definite audio choice for me. Full Review I found the start of this book a little slow. I'm bad at names, so maybe I missed the significance l...
  • Oleksandr Zholud
    This is the second volume of the Interdependency trilogy(?). Just like the first book, The Collapsing Empire, it is a nice fast-paced yarn without heavy philosophizing. While per se it isn’t bad, for Scalzi is the talented writer but it is still not up to his other novels even despite the ending of this one calls for adding another star to the rating.There is the Interdependency, a collection of human worlds/habitats, connected by the Flow, whi...
  • Babs B
    I listened to the audiobook version. Wil Wheaton performs the audiobook and I think he did a fabulous job. This is one where I was laughing and clapping while listening. I can’t imagine what people were thinking when they saw me just start clapping and laughing (and cheering) while walking or driving or whatever. I liked this book better than The Collapsing Empire and I loved The Collapsing Empire! Kiva Lagos continues to be one of my favorite ...
  • FanFiAddict
    This one is going to be short, and pretty much to the point.You know all of those times when you highly anticipate a sequel and then are immediately let down? Yeah, this is one of those.First things first: I LOVE Will Wheaton’s narration. He makes each and every novel even better with his spoken word, but it wasn’t enough to force my hand into giving more love.Beginning on the heels of The Collapsing Empire, The Consuming Fire takes us on a j...
  • Billie
    Okay, we have a society ruled by a family much like the Borgias in that they have both political and spiritual authority and shit-tons of money, besides. And there's a scheming woman who is much more like a Borgia in temperament and who really wants to depose the current Space Pope so that she can marry her daughter to the next Space Pope. There is a looming disaster of astrophysics that will cause the various outposts of this civilization to be ...
  • Sally
    I have such mixed feelings about this series. The world is fascinating, and the central conflict with its parallels to climate change is a worthy challenge to tackle in a space opera, but sometimes I wonder if Scalzi is really up to that challenge. I feel like if he and Kim Stanley Robinson could just meld minds for a bit, they’d write my ideal sci-fi novel. But I also feel like they would NOT get along. My main beef with both this and The Coll...
  • Alex
    Pretty much everything that I've said about book #1 in the series applies here. It reads (listens) extremely well (thanks to Wil Wheaton), though I noticed that "bla-bla-bla - X said. bla-bla-bla - Y said" pattern that plagued me so much in the Redshirts made its way through. I have no idea why such a seasoned writer cannot properly write dialogues where readers can maintain the mental state of the conversation and understand which sentence belon...
  • Susan
    Scalzi just keeps getting better and better. I really don't remember much about The Collapsing Empire, the first book in The Interdependency series, but it really didn't matter because there is enough of the back story in this book that someone new to the series could pick it up and not feel lost. That being said, I fully intend to go back and re-read both of these books in order because the story is so engrossing that it's the kind of book that ...
  • Ian Cockerill
    I have really enjoyed Scalzi's work in the past, and I obviously enjoyed the first book in this new series. This one, not so much. Everything feels a bit rushed, the 'palace intrigues' somehow don't feel organic (I kept thinking he'd seen that 'Game of Thrones' had done really well so we'd better stuff a load of betrayal and violence in there) and then the whole thing comes to a climax with a late discovered deus ex machina.There is also a very o...
  • Kate
    This is such a good series and I couldn't wait to read this. It is fabulous! So funny, action-packed, scandalous and thrilling. I think it suffers just a little from being the 'middle book' but it's such a fun read in its own right. And now I cannot wait for book 3! Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
  • Benjamin
    I am not really into writing reviews, but I cannot wait until the next book in this series.
  • John Tankersley
    Better than the first book by a good margin. Characters that were annoying are less so, and a completely new side of this universe is explored. These books are short and I can’t help but wish there was more of this book. Leaves me wanting the next one, which most series don’t manage to do.
  • Olav
    A thoroughly satisfying sequel that delves into unexpected territory, fleshes out characters, and offers some interesting world building.
  • Dan
    Emperox Grayland II is having religious visions, or at least that's what she's announced in her position as head of The Church of the Interdependency. Her visions are meant to help convince those who don't believe the science which proves that "the flow" (a system of river-like wormholes through space) is collapsing and will leave humanity cut off and stranded from itself in small pockets. But what if the flow streams are also opening in differen...
  • Joe Jones
    This picks up right after The Collapsing Empire which came out last year and is just as fun! A thrill ride all the way through as Scalzi expands upon the Universe he created and then gives us a blockbuster ending to set up the next book in the series. Great characters, snappy dialog, and plenty of twists to the plot keeps things moving along at a fast pace. Another solid read for scifi fans or to give to someone who things they do not like scifi.
  • Kim
    I don't usually read excerpts, but I just finished book one and I'm jonesing for more, this took off right where it left off and it doesnt seem like the book will disappoint, I can't wait for the entire book!
  • Anthony
    4.5 stars. Even better than the first one and I very much enjoyed the first one. I plowed through this one in about 3 days on limited reading time which is unusual for me. I thought the palace intrigue and political jockeying and scheming of the houses was done quite well for a short novel. The overall story progressed and added more mysterious elements which I like and I am eager to have explored in future installments. The way the book wrapped ...
  • Kalima
    I agree with Wil Wheaton's review of the Collapsing Empire, and the review I am writing here covers both books 1 &2: "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 class...
  • Dennis Keithly
    The Consuming Fire is more than a competent follow up to The Collapsing Empire. This is a great story in its own right. Readers will have benefitted by reading the first book in The Interdependency series first, but it is not required.Scalzi has created excellent characters and achieved some wonderful world building with this book. Emperox Grayland II works tirelessly to prepare the citizens of her empire for the collapse of the very system of tr...
  • Ralph Ferrett
    So I'm an unapologetic Scalzi fan-boi; so maybe take this review with a pinch of salt huh?This book was fantastic, I'd been eagerly awaiting it since the second I finished reading the Collapsing Empire, and it didn't disappoint. I think Scalzi is actually getting better.The story is an entertaining Space Opera romp, with some fun and interesting twists and turns; very interestingly and intriguingly exands the universe we were introduced to in the...
  • Anurag Sahay
    I absolutely loved the first book of the series; I picked it up because Scalzi had won a lot of goodwill from me for his Old Man's War series, and because the idea of the series was somewhat intriguing, but I was blown away by the fast-paced operatic story-telling with Scalzi's trademarked sardonic voice. If I had one complaint about _The Collapsing Empire_, it was that the book ended too soon (not to mention, it ended on a cliffhanger). It felt ...
  • Soo
    Just Notes:- I want the third book to be out now.- Story development for the plot took too long. - The climax was not given the right amount of development. It made it seem like a tasteless tie up rather than a well thought out conclusion. - I felt like I fell into a weird vortex and ended up in Bobiverse. If there is an intentional connection to the series, that's awesome.
  • H James
    This second chapter in a compelling trilogy introduces some interesting twists (and slyly avoids some obvious plot devices) but spends 10% too much time treading territory that is established in the first book.