The Consuming Fire

The Consuming Fire

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"The Interdependency, humanity's interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it--unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth--or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power. While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business, and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields. The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, but so are her enemies. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy... and all of humanity will be caught in its widening gyre" --
Publisher: New York, NY : Tor, A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780765388971
0765388979
Branch Call Number: SF SCALZI, JOHN
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 22 cm.

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7626dee
Mar 28, 2019

Excellent as always, the stage is nicely set for the climax, so to speak. Bit more humor and some nice surprises in the plot. The ladies nice and not so nice are at the center of the fray and a rather bemused science geek wobbles along tying the story line together. Not sure that the human species deserves survival but so far haven't run into any alien sorts to hang our hat on so guess we go with what we got to work with, a very frail and fragile bunch facing up to a localized Big Bang. or Tiny Thud.

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Rudy2d
Jan 25, 2019

Scalzi was introduced to me by a recommendation from librarian "Steve". Since then Scalzi has become one of my favorite authors. This book is very well written both in action an style. Even though the story is book two to Collapsing Empire, it ends nicely, without keeping you hanging, before you proceed to book three.

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Rouver
Jan 16, 2019

Scalzi is quickly rising in the ranks of my favorite authors. I've enjoyed every book of his that I've read. They have great characters, humor, action, and solid writing.

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible (think wormholes), is collapsing, leaving entire star systems stranded. Unfortunately, the majority of the empire is not self-sustaining (thus having been named THE INTERDEPENDENCY), with only one habitable planet in the entire empire....which was the first wormhole to collapse. The new emprox (gender neutral title, thankyouverymuch) is desperately trying to save as much as humanity as possible. The Houses in power are more interested in...well...power.

This is some of the best current sci-fi out there. I highly recommend it.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

As a lover of space opera, Scalzi's Interdependency series is like a nice big pitcher of sangria: it's not as complex as a nice bottle of wine, but it by no means suffers for that: it's refreshing, and you want glass after glass, and it's meant to be at a table filled with laughter and stories. I love this series for its humor and sass, it's deeply political and deeply soapy story, and its perfect tongue-in-cheek tone. Like the first, this ends in a place so good you'll shout with frustration about having to wait for the next one. Super, super fun.

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johnulee
Nov 08, 2018

Great continuation, sequel if you will. He does remind us what happened in the previous book, but in a very efficient way, so as to concentrate on whats going on now. Great book. Not a lot of science, physics, etc... but more how lives, society has changed, will change, may change due to a technology disruption. Fascinating read, engaging.

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