The Collapsing Empire

The Collapsing Empire

Book - 2017
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Faster than light travel is impossible--until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars. Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war--and, for the empire's rulers, a system of control. But when it's discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency must race to find out what can be salvaged from an empire on the brink of collapse.--
Publisher: New York, New York : Tor, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780765388889
Characteristics: 333 pages ;,22 cm.


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FPL_Annie Jan 15, 2020

This is my kind of space opera! Likable characters, strong worldbuilding, and political intrigue.

Oct 09, 2019

i have always been a big fan of John's; this one show cases his best - an interesting and complex plot, a bit of wry humor and for the most part action at a relatively fast pace. Already placed a hold on the second volume.

There are a number of secondary things that I truly enjoy in his novels - women do not have secondary roles; there is a brief bit of sexism on both sides in the way of humour. The characters are real with the full range of emotions and are easy to relate to Finally this is a great book for young adults as well as adults.

Greene_GregL May 08, 2019

I didn't realize this was the first in a series when I started it, but I'm pleased that it is. The book establishes interesting characters who are fun to read as they're scheming, all set against the probable downfall of civilization. That plot line doesn't pay off yet, though. The events in this book set up possibilities related to it—it might destroy everyone, it might result in just a seismic shift in power, and it might destroy everyone except the people who maneuver themselves into the right seat of power, both politically and in physical space. I'm intrigued to read more.

Feb 24, 2019

First in a new trilogy. Sci-fi seems to think that telling a story in three or more parts is the way to insure you sell books. It has always been so! I will follow this story line to the conclusion but Scalzi is giving a lot of clues as to where he is going with this tale. He is the best thing going in the genre right now and there are some very good authors banging out the words to give him competition. Sooner or later I would really like one or two to try to use fairly hard science to tell their tale. Mankind may go to the stars eventually, but it is much more likely the stars will come to us first, mankind on earth is too late to the game.

JCLIanH May 23, 2018

An outstanding first book in a series whose follow-ups I will be impatiently awaiting for years to come. Scalzi is a dual threat, excelling at crafting endlessly fascinating worlds and endlessly interesting characters, and he's operating at the top of his game here.

May 07, 2018

The Collapsing Empire is driven mainly by the interesting characters that Scalzi writes. This book is a little bit light on plot-development and is obviously the first book in a planned series. It uses the classic “feuding nobel houses” storyline and brings to mind Frank Herbert’s Dune. It also might be compared to Isaac Asimov’s The Gods Themselves. It is quite detailed in its description of commerce and trade that the Interdependency (an intergalactic empire, ruled by a monarch) is dependent on. The book sets an interesting course in terms of what’s to come in the rest of the series and reflects the current climate crisis. A group of scientists warn of impending doom for billions of people spread throughout the stars, while social and economic elite do everything they can to capitalize on it or ignore it completely. Nominated for the 2018 Hugo Award.

Mar 08, 2018

A weak start to a new series. Scalzi fan here, but this whole volume has churned-out-to-fulfill-contract slapped all over it. The invention supposed to get our attention is a female
hero who talks dirtier than any longshoreman or muleskinner you can imagine. No character or situation was interesting or ingratiating enough to make me wish for the next book in the
series, and the lack of closure is therefore twice as annoying. To me it is Scalzi's first misfire.
Two stars.

Dec 30, 2017

A really fun read! Scazali creates vivid and enjoyable characters with an interesting and exiting plot line. I look forward to the rest of the series due out in 2018 and 2019.

Nov 15, 2017

This an appealing mix of elements from Dune and Foundation. It also includes analogues and commentary from current American politics. I will definitely be looking forward to the continuation of this series.

Oct 05, 2017

Going in, I didn't realize this was the first book in a series set in this universe. It became painfully apparent, however, as The Collapsing Empire meandered through introductions, expositions and anti-climactic set pieces. Half way through I realized I was simply reading the opening crawl for a larger vision and the rest of the book plodded along, starting new threads it had no intention of tying up by the final pages.

I guess I'm in now—though I don't feel any specific connection to this world. The trick, I suppose is to write the first part of a series in such a way that it doesn't require the rest of the series. You know, a complete and fulfilling story in and of itself. Unfortunately, this book doesn't quite do the trick.

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