The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi

The Collapsing Empire

By John Scalzi

  • Release Date: 2017-03-21
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 1,017 Ratings



“John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today.” —Joe Hill, author of The Fireman

The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War

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.

"Fans of Game of Thrones and Dune will enjoy this bawdy, brutal, and brilliant political adventure" —Booklist on The Collapsing Empire

"Political plotting, plenty of snark, puzzle-solving, and a healthy dose of action...Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure." —Kirkus Reviews on The Collapsing Empire

“Scalzi is one of the slickest writers that SF has ever produced.” —The Wall Street Journal on The Human Division

The Interdependency Series
1. The Collapsing Empire
2. The Consuming Fire

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  • Great story!

    By Bored23432
    I really liked the politics and the characters. Call me old-fashioned, but there was way too much swearing…that’s why I gave it four stars. But I’m still about to purchase the next title in the series!
  • Fantastic

    By Sirlampoil
    A lot better than I expected. This book is riveting with twists and turns, and closes the story well but left open for the next in the series. I’ll definitely be reading on.
  • Absolutely Brilliant

    By shawnajj75
    I love the characters and the deep plot that brings them altogether! I couldn’t stop reading.
  • Uhhhh...

    By SingHeal
    Nah. G.E. ah.
  • Fantastic

    By Auggie's Man
    I was looking for something simple and fun as a distraction. I found so much more. I’m hooked. The characters and the plot and the dialogue especially are fantastic.
  • Unfinished pile of ——!

    By Bibimusbeer
    I absolutely guarantee that you will be hugely disappointed if you read this series. The author just throws in the towel and doesn’t even try to finish his work. Scalzi you are a hack and Tor Publishing you should be indicted as co-conspirators in the fraud that is this book.
  • Lower quality than Old Mans War

    By Evan FE
    Disappointing compared to his first 3 of Old Mans War. I started to feel like Scalzi Was running out of ideas towards the end of that series, and with the first book of this series ending on an obvious cliffhanger with incompletely developed characters, incomplete world development, and annoyingly gratuitous profanity etc. it’s just not bringing the same punch as the other series. Not worth the price, not worth paying for the next books either. Less and less story for the price with each book he writes.
  • Awesome series

    By CJ&Bj
    Just finished the final book in this series. It is awesome.
  • Just perfect!

    By mrworm
    If I have any complaints it's that I'm done with this series and I want more.
  • Collapsing Book

    By Davidqo
    While Scalzi’s writing is wonderful in all his books, this was WAY too short for the price. Additionally, his political tirade in the Acknowldegements smack of a child on the playground or a Hollywood loon.