The Last Emperox
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...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
"... “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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"The funny thing was, Ghreni Nohamapetan, the acting Duke of End [I keep reading this as Duke of Earl!], actually saw the surface-to-air missile that slammed into his aircar a second before it hit."
Still in the prologue, the acting DofE (somehow) survives, and visits with his prisoner-victim Jamies, Count Claremont. Ghreni had framed Jamies for an assassination, and thus made Jamies' daughter into a *very* effective enemy rebel.
“I just need someone to talk to,” Ghreni said, suddenly ...more
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' ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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