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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  294 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Club Review: Because the immortal Emperor can grant a form of eternal life-after-death, creating an elite known as the Risen, he has ruled the eighty worlds unchallenged for sixteen hundred years. He and his sister, the Child Empress-forever a little girl-are worshipped as living gods. No one can touch them.... one but the Rix, machine-augmented humans who worship ve ...more
Hardcover, 530 pages
Published 2003 by Science Fiction Book Club
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The Risen Empire falls squarely within the wave of intelligent "space opera" (contrasting with old-fashioned Star Wars style science-fantasy and stuff-blowing-up military sci-fi) that has been around for the last 2-3 decades. (See for example the works of Iain M. Banks, Vernor Vinge, Alasdair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter etc.) Setting-wise it blends dystopian/cyberpunk themes (a corrupt and oppressive regime with a dark secret, destructive ideological conflic
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Weltensturm vom für mich unbekannten Autoren Scott Westerfeld ist eine überaus positive Überraschung. Aus der Zusammenfassung wird gar nicht richtig klar, auf was man sich als Leser einlässt (aber das triff wohl auf die meisten Klappentexte zu). Das Buch ist spannend geschrieben mit viel Liebe zum Detail. Trotz seiner mehr als 800 Seiten habe ich es in einem Rutsch gelesen. Etwas störend fand ich zu Beginn die schnellen Wechsel zwischen den Kapiteln. Ich hoffe, dieses Stilmittel setzt sich nicht ...more
Klaus Varias
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein wirklich schönes Buch, und: Abgeschnossen! Kein Teil eienr Trilogie! Wo findet man das heute noch?
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books take a while to really get going, and some books throw you into the action from page one. This book was one of the latter. It opens with a thrilling space battle with a completely unexpected twist, and had me completely hooked from the get-go.
This is hard science-fiction (as opposed to the science fantasy from authors such as Jack Vance), with space travel at percentage-of-lightspeed, advanced technologies that sound scientific and plausible, and a suitably advanced culture that is co
The main thing was that I didn't really feel the characters that well. I felt the book was written more about the technology and the backdrop than about people -- which is fine, and I've come across it a lot in sci-fi, but it isn't the way I prefer books to be. No matter how many people waxed lyrical, in the text, about Laurent Zai, I didn't care that much about him. Honestly, my favourite character was one of the bits of technology -- an intelligent house.

That aside, I did enjoy it, and the phy
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, sf
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Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good.

Light reading but packed with sufficient background that the setting is believable. Also the division between pink (living) and gray (dead) political factions seems to be an original and intriguing idea.

A small complaint in that given the apparent ubiquity of
computerization and information, I found it hard to accept that some of the secrets was unknown to the general public and even to those in power. But it did not detract from my enjoyment of the book.

I would have liked to se
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich hatte nicht viel erwartet, nachdem ein Buch mit einem ähnlichen Thema (SOL) mich bereits sehr enttäuscht hatte und Titel und Cover hier wieder sehr typisch fürs Genre daher kommen. Irgendwie wird jedes zweite SciFi-Werk als neues Epos angepriesen.

Allerdings kann ich mich in diesem Fall in die lobenden Stimmen auf dem Buchrücken nur einklinken.

Man lache nie über einen Kuss. Ein Kuss war geheimnisvoll und mächtig, fragil und unbesiegbar. Wie ein Funke konnte ein Kuss erlöschen oder einen ganze
Jorge de la Vega
An unsung masterpiece of space opera science fiction if there ever was one. Scott Westerfeld brings together a universe so intricate in detail and depth that could easily stand alongside the works of Iain M. Banks, David Brin, Stephen R. Donaldson or, dare I say, Frank Herbert himself. The Risen Empire as a whole (the setting, not the title) is an incredibly complex entity which we barely scratch the surface of, and yet that is in no way a detriment to the story. We get to see the important bits ...more
Stephanie Augustin
I had liked Scott Westerfeld's young adult novels like Uglies and fancied something similar.

Instead I got a 700-page tome that combines an epic AF (yes it certainly deserves the AF -- my partner calls it a Korean drama) love story, a 300-page long space battle and an heady mix of politics (the Rubicon Pale transverses worlds, I see).

On that space battle, I do like them usually, but preferably below 100 pages. This one held me for the full 300 pages, by artful use of chapters broken up into diffe
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a really great space opera with strong ideas and amazing descriptions of intense space battles and submarine like action by remotely piloted micro craft on the tiniest of scales, as well as political intrigue. Interesting world-building, interesting characters, interesting technologies and interesting cultures. I particularily like the Rix. The book is well written and for me just got better and better, but the ending felt a bit rushed and everything wrapped up a bit too quick and easy. ...more
Joseph Youren
Wow! This author's imagination is staggering in its expanse. A fun ride. Guess I'll have to read the second title in the series. ...more
Scott Holstad
Nov 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish, sci-fi
I just had a hard time with this book. I guess I can deal with an undead emperor who's lived and reigned for 1600 years, his beloved little sister, and his worshiping people, as well as his enemies, the Rix, but the thing that really kind of irritated me was actually the beginning of the book -- a "thrilling" space battle. At least it's supposed to be. And at first it seems like it even might be. There's a lot of tension, action, strategy, pilots risking their ships and lives traveling tens of t ...more

Note: this is the omnibus edition and even though it has the same title as the first book, as the author mentions, the story was actually written as one.

This is the second series I’m finishing from Westerfeld (also read Leviathan), and even though I didn’t expect it at first I found it quite entertaining.

The story takes place in the far future where the Emperor of the Eighty Worlds, aka The Risen One, is ruling for sixteen hundred years because he has found what everyone wants; the Eternal I
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read as much Sci-Fi as I'd like to have done, but I found The Risen Empire to be original and entertaining, striking an excellent balance between the grand- and individual-scale dilemmas, and handling the trials of the vast scale of an interplanetary setting excellently. Westerfeld managed to add new dimensions, elements, and facets to a wide variety of things one expects from a story like this, some of which totally change the impact of events. Remotely-controlled combat craft, for ex ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
BIG POSITIVE: The author drops us in the middle of the world to let us experience it, rather than using looooong descriptions and exposition. Yay! I love this style of story telling.

DOWNSIDES: Introduced interesting questions: What would immortality do to a power structure? To culture? Does opposing immortality make sense? Introduced an interesting culture that believes humanity exists to create compound, planet-spanning minds and worships them. Then kinda goes nowhere with these ideas.

I liked t
Tufty McTavish
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once this got going and settled into the universe, I thoroughly enjoyed it. And the key was "detail". I've read a lot of pulpy books that are all dialogue and very short action spurts. The action here was thorough and substantial.

The opening scene plays like a complex video game level. A small number of events may occur but the description sets the scene perfectly, which I found very absorbing. A later space battle was really quite superb, nuanced, and full of minutia.

It really shows up the shor
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
It took a little while to get into the book, because the author immediately throws the reader into the story and then slowly fills in the background details. There are also a large number of characters, and constantly shifting viewpoints, which also made it more challenging. Eventually the author reveals enough details about the universe his story takes place in that the story becomes absorbing. It's a very good mix of interesting characters, a well designed universe, compelling action and even ...more
Jota Houses
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
En realidad son dos libros "The Risen Empire" y "The Killing of Worlds" pero como no pueden leerse individualmente he preferido comentarlos juntos.
Es una Space-Opera muy entretenida, con una ambientación sugerente, acción, intriga, militares, políticos, un Emperador, Invasiones, conquistas y el destino del Imperio en peligro. Muy Recomendada si te gustó la Fundación pero se te ha quedado viejuna.
Peter Hollo
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Australian/UK edition I read was entitled "The Risen Empire" (but it's both books in the duology).
From an author better known for his YA (sf mainly), an excellent far-future sf space opera that's surprisingly "hard sf" and thought-provoking, a bit more militaristic than I usually read, but not jingoistic at all.
Mar 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly Technical read, but a good one nonetheless. A couple of very gripping ideas. A good foreshadowing of writing to come.
Lirio Dendron
Sehr interessant, tolle Ideen, aber irgendwie langwierig zu lesen.
Paule Pullenpichler
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hervorragende Space Opera, spannend geschrieben und mit interessanten Ideen.
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best known for the Uglies and Leviathan series. His next book, IMPOSTORS, returns to the world of Uglies. It comes out September 11, 2018.

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