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The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
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This is the second volume of the Interdependency trilogy(?). Just like the first book, The Collapsing Empire, it is a nice fast-paced yarn without heavy philosophizing. While per se it isn’t bad, for Scalzi is the talented writer but it is still not up to his other novels even despite the ending of this one calls for adding another star to the rating.

There is the Interdependency, a collection of human worlds/habitats, connected by the Flow, which allows faster than light travel and united under the Emperox. For a thousand years it flourished but now the Flow is changing and it can fall apart, which will doom the population for (almost) none of the worlds are self-sufficient. The current Emperox tries to minimize the fallout, but most ‘powers that be’ are too short-sighted to follow along. The Emperox attempts another way, for she is a leader of the Church as well.

For the first quarter of the book there are intrigues and plots up to a point, where I started musing about the term space opera in general: for some writers it is just a background, easily replaceable with another – say the Flow disaster can be changed to a plague in a medieval historical fiction and the dialogues and actions stay the same. For me a good space opera should have SF elements in it, irreplaceable by other genres. And, lo and behold, they do appear closer to the middle of the book. We learn more about history of the Interdependency, get hints about even earlier one and some space adventures to boot. The finale, as I noted is brilliant.

A solid continuation of the space opera, which reminds other classics, from Foundation to Dune. At the same time, not the ‘true art’ but a very skillfully crafted toy, which unlikely will call for the re-read.
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Reading Progress

October 9, 2018 – Shelved
October 9, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
October 19, 2018 – Started Reading
October 20, 2018 –
page 77
October 20, 2018 –
page 290
October 22, 2018 – Finished Reading

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