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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 23 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
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- Audible.com Release Date: March 21, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L2PERQY
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The Collapsing Empire: The Interdependency, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The conclusion concludes nothing. The end is opaque and meaningless. He abruptly leaves the reader with a lap full of untied loose ends. Anticlimactic would be overly generous. Did I mention I am a big Scalzi fan?
It's an okay story, it moves, the universe he has created is interesting, the culture sort of interesting, But to my ear the characters sounded too much the same.
Like the last two Old Man's War books, this story takes place with a high scope. A forty-thousand foot view. This is not like "Zoe's Tale" or "The Ghost Brigades" where you knew one character intimately. And like the last two "Old Man's War" books, the story stays focused on politics and governmental milieu (although it's not a political thriller).
One negative is that it seemed the good guys win their obstacles a little easy. Like someone grabs the gun from Chekhov's mantle, but the security manager saw him bring in bullets, and they knew who was going to do it, so they replaced the gun with one of those bang flag things. Challenges were nipped in the bud right away so that the goal became how to make it so no one noticed they nipped the bud while finding out who grew the flower.
If you're not familiar with Scalzi's stuff, then this is a good jumping in point. It's closest to "Lock-In" for style and "The End of All Things" for content.
Hereditary feudalism is a terrible form of government. It has all of the faults of a dictatorship with the added dimension of inevitable incompetents who got the job simply because they were born into the right bloodline. There's a reason that there are few monarchies in the modern world. Now that few believe in the divine right of Kings (or Queens), feudal governments don't have the stamina to survive. The idea of a star spanning feudal government is pretty implausible. This said, the Empire of the Interdependency of worlds is a believable and well thought out world. The characters are fascinating and well drawn. There is a lot of suspense that is not resolved in this book.
In short, this is one of Scalzi's best books, but we're all going to have to wait impatiently for him to write the sequel. I suppose that, to paraphrase Neil Gaiman, we will have have to repeat to ourselves that "John Scalzi is not our bitch". Still, I wish that he'd drop what ever else he is doing and get to work on the sequel. I'm waiting!
We follow three main characters, the ruler of the Interdependency, the son of a Flow physicist who first recognized the impending collapse, and a businesswoman named Kiva. She's easily my favorite character, but if the F-bomb offends you, steer clear. Kiva uses it the way most of us use oxygen: all the time.
There's a line of dialogue from near the end that is so spot on I feel I must share it: "I'm continually confronted with the human tendency to ignore or deny facts until the last possible instant. And then for several days after that, too."
I realized pretty quickly that there was too much story to wrap up in one volume. While the main plot wraps up here, there are many plot threads in left in play. Don't expect the collapse to be quick. There's still a great deal of story to be told.