The collapsing empire

English language

Published April 28, 2018

ISBN:
9780765388902

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4 stars (20 reviews)

The Collapsing Empire is a space opera novel by American writer John Scalzi. The book was published by Tor Books on March 21, 2017. It is the first of a series that was originally intended to be two books but is now a trilogy. The second book, The Consuming Fire, was released October 16, 2018 and the final book, The Last Emperox, was released on April 14, 2020.

4 editions

Foundation-esque Scalzi Space Opera

4 stars

Like Asimov's Foundation, the premise of the novel (or rather, series of novels) is that a vast, galaxy-spanning empire is on the verge of collapse. In this case, the collapse is largely due to the imminent disappearance of an astrophysical phenomenon which allows travel between star systems. Since settlements in individual systems are overly dependent on each other to survive, the fate of humanity is not looking great. This interdependence is codified as a moral and religious virtue in the empire, which, by the way, is literally called "The Interdependency." In this sense, the real danger to humanity seems to stem from imperial arrogance and mismanagement a la Gibbon's "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," so the genetic link to Foundation seems real.

Unlike Foundation, however, the characters can say "fuck" as often as they want. So there's that.

While "collapsing galactic empire" is a …

Review of 'The Collapsing Empire' on 'Storygraph'

2 stars

Meh. Mostly the plot got in the way. I felt like everything was happening all at once, and there wasn't enough time spent on world building or character development. I enjoy Scalzi's sense of humor, but sometimes this felt more flippant than was necessary. I'll be interested to see where this series goes.

Review of 'The Collapsing Empire' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Every time I read a John Scalzi novel, I'm reminded what a good writer he is. This one's no exception. He handles the big picture and the small, personal details with equal deftness.

After I finished the epilogue, I jumped back to the prologue. With the knowledge of everything else that happens in the book, it was fun to see how this little piece of the story -- largely unconnected to the events in the remainder of the novel, featuring characters we wouldn't see again -- still added to the whole.

When I started reading the book, I wasn't sure if it was a stand-alone novel or the launch of a new series. When I got to the end, it was pretty plainly the opening volume in a multi-volume set. (Don't get me wrong -- the novel is complete in itself, but the ending indicates there's more to come.) Under …

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