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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 23 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- 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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Cardenia is one of the viewpoint characters. She is going to be the next Emperox despite the fact that she is the product of a liaison between the current Emperox and her mother. She was raised mostly outside the center of imperial politics. When her older half brother dies, she becomes the heir - like it or not. Now her father is dying and she is getting ready for a job she hasn't been trained for.
Lady Kiva is another viewpoint character. She is a member of one of the merchant families and is very interested in profit for her family. She is also foul-mouthed and tricky. She meets an old rival on End who manages to totally disrupt her plans.
Also on End is Lord Marce whose father has been doing some research on The Flow at the request of the Emperox for more than thirty years. Both Marce and his father are physicists who study The Flow. When they come to an understanding of what is happening to The Flow, Marce has to get to the Emperox to share his findings.
But End is experiencing one of its periodic revolutions - this time orchestrated in part by Lord Ghreni Nohamapetan whose family has plans for End - and they don't want Marce's information going anywhere.
This was an engaging story. I liked the characters and the political intrigue. The dialog was crisp. The worldbuilding was well done. The story was fast-paced. Being the first book in a series, the big problem - the collapse of The Flow - wasn't resolved. There was resolution to the plot which encompassed the Hohamapetan family's attempt to exploit the situation.
I look forward to reading more in this world.
I enjoyed this book and will buy the sequel when it emerges. Scalzi has a light, inventive touch. This is not his best work however--I miss the crazy inventiveness of his alien species not present in this book. For those of you who prefer hard science fiction, you should stay away since it is not clear that the science makes sense. There is also no deep or complex character development although the characters are mildly interesting and sympathetic.
If you are new to Scalzi, I would suggest that you buy instead his fabulous book "Old man's war". If you are already a Scalzi fan, this book is entertaining and fine, although not as good as many of his other works. It is worth reading however.
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.
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