The Collapsing Empire review

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Our universe is ruled by physics. 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.The Flow is eternal?but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals?a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency?must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

Not Scalzi’s best work but by far not his worst book at all. It was enjoyable for what it was: the first chapter is a much longer story. Unfortunately I feel like this new universe he’s building is going to interfere with the OMW Universe that I actually want to get more stories from.

I highly suggest the book as it was a fun read but felt let down by the clear lack of any story resolution. Look forward to the next book sometime in the next year or so :/

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    1. I feel this novel was more in the same vein as his Androids dream series. A lot of tongue in cheek mixed with tons of sci fi. For me, it was telling in his choice to have Wil Wheaton do the Audiobook narration. Had he meant this to be a more serious series he would have gone with a more.. sober.. choice of narrator. (Yes, i’m one of those ppl who listen to books to avoid road rage.)


    2. Humm I didn’t know this wasn’t part of the OMWU. I enjoyed those books but it has been so long since I read them I didn’t have time to reread them for a new book. So, now I will add this one to my reading list. I read jut about only scifi books.

      As for audio book that is how I do my reading too. I enjoy reading books but I just don’t have the time anymore. I listen to books while driving and when I’m doing house work or working on the lathe or mill. This way I get through about 50 to 60 books a year.


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