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The Last Emperox

(The Interdependency #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  18,871 ratings  ·  1,718 reviews

The Last Emperox is the thrilling conclusion to the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling Interdependency series, an epic space opera adventure from Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi.

The collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, has accelerated. Entire star systems—and billions of people—are becomin

Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Tor Books
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***Dave Hill The book definitely ends the series, though he does leave a doorway for something new to follow on from it.

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Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a satisfying end to this trilogy and the strongest book in the series. There is, as with the other two books in this series, an over-reliance on expository narrative devices to tell too much of the story but it's just such a fun, sexy read with interesting characters and a big, operatic plot, and some really unexpected twists that really surprised me and had me on the edge of my seat turning the pages as fast as I could. Highly recommend this trilogy. ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars — what a great SF series! Final review, first posted today on Fantasy Literature:

A few thousand years in the future, one branch of humanity, comprised of billions of people, lives on a set of planets called the Interdependency. Their star systems are many hundreds of light years apart but tied together by the Flow, a sort of hyperspace river that connects these planets. The problem is that the Flow is gradually collapsing, one stream at a time, and all of the Interdependency worlds exc
David Bishop
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Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well now!

This was a delight to read. So much tongue-in-cheek science snark, world-wise politics, and a tale that welcomes, or at least braces-for, the end of the empire. Yes, all these colonies and habitats rely on each other to survive. Yes, the space network is dying, and soon they'll all be cut off from each other. Yes, it's now the time to scrabble and cash out and wait for the inevitable, horrible collapse.

Wait... are we talking about Space-Opera, or just ourselves?

Damn, I love this snark.
4.5ish stars.

Such a satisfying conclusion. I love the amount of snark that Scalzi has included in the series and the final line of this final installment makes the journey completely worth it.

I think Scalzi writes characters very well. The heroic trio of Cardenia, Marce, and Kiva are entertaining and sympathetic in very different ways. Cardenia, especially, fully comes into her own in this book and I completely catch her vision and trust her capability. In the previous installments, I had a har
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 4.75 ***

"... “As far as Kiva could tell, whenever selfish humans encountered a wrenching, life-altering crisis, they embarked on a journey of five distinct stages: Denial. Denial. Denial. Fucking Denial. Oh shit everything is terrible grab what you can and run.”..."

Loved this series! A pleasure to read and a pleasure to listen to!!! THe last book in the trilogy was probably the most balanced and fun one to read. Yes, it had some issues, but it kept me happy during this quarantine, so it is t
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Through no fault of its own, The Last Emperox couldn’t have arrived at a better time. John Scalzi’s novels are uniformly brief and briskly paced, with rapid fire action and dialogue—in other words, ready-made for binge reading. And with the current coronavirus pandemic forcing people to spend most of their free time at home, that’s what many people are doing. Haven’t read the first two books in Scalzi’s Interdependency trilogy? Each can be gobbled up in a single sitting while you hunker
Manuel Antão
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Misery of Expression: "The Last Emperox" by John Scalzi

“To begin, there was Shit fuck fuck shit fuck shit fucking fuck shit fucking shit fuck hell […]”

In “The Last Emperox” by John Scalzi

Ah, the misery of expression…

Scalzi fucking doesn’t have a fucking point, though. It’s all well and good having a fucking go at some fucker not fucking agreeing with your fucking point of view, but it is fucking lazy, and fucking adolescent, and just
K.J. Charles
Last in the trilogy about a civilisation on the brink of collapse because the changing environment is about to make human life unsupportable for all but an elite few oh my god I thought this was meant to be fiction.

Ahem. Obviously there are a lot of resonances here, and the story isn't told subtly (greedy monopolist capitalists trying to save themselves and sod the majority of humanity). But it does have the wonderful fantasy element of a couple of those capitalists actually having consciences
Shaun Hutchinson
I mean, this book wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. The concept was wonderful, and there were some fun characters, but it felt like a summary of a book rather than a book—all tell, no show. Plus, it leaves the most interesting aspects completely and utterly unresolved. Meh. ...more
Kevin Kelsey
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Kind of fizzled and let out an unsatisfying *poof* like a malfunctioning firework. It's Scalzi so it was still fun and a joy to read, but this conclusion didn't really do much for me, especially after the brilliance of The Consuming Fire. ...more
Peter Tillman
Opening line:
"The funny thing was, Ghreni Nohamapetan, the acting Duke of End, actually saw the surface-to-air missile that slammed into his aircar a second before it hit."

Still in the prologue, the acting Duke (somehow) survives, and visits with his prisoner Jamies, Count Claremont. Ghreni had framed Claremont for an assassination, and thus made his daughter into a *very* effective enemy rebel.

“I just need someone to talk to,” Ghreni said, suddenly.
Jamies looked over toward the (acting) duke. “
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping the disappointing second novel in this trilogy was merely the usual "middle part"-syndrome… but sadly, I was even more disappointed with the "conclusion". I hesitate to call it such, because it feels unearned and rushed and doesn't even conclude much…

The first book had interesting characters and took time to develop a plot. The latter two just… meandered here and there, only to have the final chapter quickly resolve a few things (poorly), and leave the big things pending.

Guess that'
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

The Interdependency is a space empire spanning innumerable light years and travel between each human colony is viable via the Flow. The Flow runs like a river through space and allows the spaceships that enter it to travel at a speed faster than light and across the vast universe in months or years rather than centuries and multiple lifetimes. However, just like a river, the Flow is changing course and millions of lives might be lost in space if this occurs.

The end of t
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Last Emperox is the final installment of John Scalzi’s The Interdependency trilogy, and boy is there a lot to unpack here. But first, picking up where the last book left off, as predicted by scientific models, the collapse of the Flow is now imminent. Entire systems are about to be cut off and snuffed out, putting billions of lives in danger. And yet, politicians are gonna politick and profiteers are gonna profiteer,
Krista D.
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I *really* hated the ending. Like, it ruined the entire series hated it and wished I'd not even bothered to read it because that's how much I hated it.

*That* is how much I hated the last hour of this.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Underwhelming and abrupt conclusion
David O'Brien
Very disappointing and weak finale to this promising series. When I was 70% of my way through this relatively short novel I realised that the resolution would be brief and pretty miraculous, given the time left. It was both very brief and ridiculously miraculous. Lazy even. I had the distinct impression that Scalzi was tired of this story and needed to end it quickly. It was all too neat, too black and white, too 'goodies and baddies', emotionally weak and shallow, like a typically bad American ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a nice conclusion to the series with all the snark, plot twists, and revelations one comes to expect in a Scalzi work. Scalzi made some pretty ballsy decisions with the story that certainly threw me for a loop and I am glad he didn't try to wrap up everything in a nice bow where everything is perfect for the good guys at the end. He very much follows through with the enormity and challenges the Interdependency faces and leaves open more potential stories if he ever wants to revisit ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The great thing about a paperback is you can throw it if it annoys you (yes, I know this is a horrific scenario for those ‘book nazis’ who patrol library shelves for bent spines or dog-eared pages.) This is a tad more problematic with a tablet or a Kindle. Suffice it to say I had to fight this overwhelming urge about two thirds of the way through The Last Emperox.

There I was reading, with the thought lurking in the back of my mind that nothing was really happening, when was the story going to ki
Eric Allen
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great end to a great series.

Honestly, I expected the series to go on more than three books. The way the first two books were structured made it seem like they were only the beginning of a huge space epic that would span half a dozen volumes or more. I didn't see how the story could possibly be all tied up in just one more book, and the shortest of the trilogy at that. This book does not go at all in the direction I expected, and it keeps running as far and as fast away from expectation as it
Milda Page Runner
3.5* rounded down.
Rushed ending. Main characters get a satisfying closure to their personal stories, but on a bigger scale - a lot is left unanswered. My main dissapointment is that we don't get to see the actual collapse of the empire: Did Marce's theory work? Did Flow behave as predicted? Did they save billions of people? What happened to the End? How did Guilds cope with new regime/goverment?
Another issue I had was the same as in the second book: there is a lot of recaping past events, re-int
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
To the women who are done with other people's shit.

The collapse is coming, and with Flow streams disappearing left and right, no one can deny it. And yet, while Grayland II does her best to mitigate disaster and shepherd what she can of humanity towards salvation, her enemies have plans to overthrow her—to ensure that their interests are served.

It's the end of civilization as we know it. And it's going to be great for business.


Really this gif is pretty much all I want to post as a review for thi
kartik narayanan
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining read with a twist at the end. I love this series.
Still 3,5 stars

These books are far from perfect, but still provided a wild, entertaining ride . I am equally impressed and sad about the ending.
TS Chan
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review-copy
ARC received from the publisher, Tor Books, in exchange for an honest review.

The Last Emperox is a satisfying conclusion to one of the more entertaining and accessible space operas I've read.

Science fiction could be quite daunting sometimes, especially when authors are making an attempt at originality in worldbuilding. New terminologies and complexity of concepts could make reading a bit of a struggle when all one wanted was simple enjoyment. So when books like The Interdependency trilogy came
Lisa Wolf
Bravo to John Scalzi for this masterful conclusion to an entertaining and exciting sci-fi trilogy! Not every trilogy sticks the landing, but The Last Emperox absolutely does.

The story picks up right after the end of The Consuming Fire, as the Interdependency’s existence is threatened by the collapse of the Flow, the impossible-to-explain time/space stream that connects the various star systems of the empire. The Flow is what allows humankind to survive, since the empire was designed specifically
Sonja Arlow
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The one advantage of having all 3 books in a trilogy is that you can read them one after the other. The disadvantage is that you must sit through pages of the author re-explaining plot points from the previous books.

Even though the overarching story is about a space empire ruled by the upper class tricking the masses into believing what 's good for the people at the top is good for everyone, there is a happy energy to this trilogy.

Yes, struggles and difficulty happen to the characters
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, r2020, scifi

And so we come to the concluding novel in this compelling scifi trilogy. Once more, Scalzi creates something very cinematographic and sooooooo entertaining!

The nobles have finally accepted the irrefutable proofs of The Flow’s breaking down and the consequent destruction of the Interdependency. Unsurprisingly, their only goal is to save themselves and their wealth, while still trying to kill the Emperox for being the bringer of bad news. Very silly, and yet so human, sadly.

Between thwarting
Luke Burrage
Luke hasn't had a rant like this in a while! He talks to Juliane about The Last Emperox by John Scalzi, and lays out a theory about media-meta-consumption and how this book is *very* 2019-2020.

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #426.
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“As far as Kiva could tell, whenever selfish humans encountered a wrenching, life-altering crisis, they embarked on a journey of five distinct stages: Denial. Denial. Denial. Fucking Denial. Oh shit everything is terrible grab what you can and run.” 12 likes
“Most others who were thinking ahead at all simply planned to stockpile certain foods. How much? A month, six months, a year, depending on available space and personal pessimism. Most of those thinking about stockpiling still had in their brains the idea that the crisis was likely to be a temporary one, and that somewhere along the way someone would figure out how to keep billions from starving to death in the habitats that would increasingly fall to entropy. To think otherwise would raise the question of why bother to stockpile at all.” 4 likes
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