The Consuming Fire: The Interdependency, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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"Wil Wheaton narrates this space opera full of political intrigue and charismatic characters. The young Emperox Grayland II does not have an easy task ahead. The Interdependency is in jeopardy due to the collapse of various planets in the empire. Powerful families are looking out for their own interests, even if that means killing their enemies and threatening the empire. Wheaton delivers an expressive narration using a humorous tone when needed and employing his acting talent to bring the characters to life. This audiobook is a treat not only for Wheaton's fans but also for anyone who is into well-written science fiction." (AudioFile magazine)
The Consuming Fire - the sequel to the 2018 Hugo Award Best Novel finalist and 2018 Locus Award-winning The Collapsing Empire - an epic space-opera novel in the best-selling Interdependency series, from the Hugo Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi.
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 then 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.
The Interdependency series:
- The Collapsing Empire
- The Consuming Fire
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 19 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 16, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #7,697 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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And I go like, Yo, totes.
And she goes like, That’s still a little dated, John. You should talk to your daughter.
And I go like, She speaks regular English. Maybe I should hit social media a little more.
And she goes like, Whatever, John. And BTW. Use the f-word a little f-ing more. Because it’s the f-ing in thing now, you know what I f-ing mean?
And I’m like, I f-ing know. I just didn’t know if you’d be f-ing into it.
And she goes like. I’m f-ing into it John. We’ve gotta reach the kids. They’re the f-ing future.
And I’m all like, Yeah, I f-ing know.
Then she goes like, And put more silliness and Heartwarming Sentiment into the f-ing sex scenes, John. The kids really go for that. And it’s alright to end your book a little early with a cliffhanger. Don’t worry about the words. Nobody really cares about the words. And no one expects to be satisfied. That's like f-ing last century. We can sell more books, that way. Just like a TV series, make them hang on for a year. The heroine’s not going anywhere.
And I'm like, Yeah, I know. TV is the f-ng future.
And she’s all like, I’m glad you understand, John. This will be a great book!
I'm not going to bite on his nonsense anymore. old man's war was a great idea and worth two books. somehow he stretched that to... seven? with five pretty terrible books. this series is the same deal. this serial - i can't even call it a book - solely exists to inch forward what will undoubtedly be a lengthy series.
that's garbage. expensive and manipulative .
scalzi, with his talents , had a shot at being regarded as a reputable and enduring scifi writer . his predilection for self sustaining soap opera style serial novels have killed that. he's a hug disappointment at this point in his career.
This is no accident. It mirrors how our SOCIETY is divided at this moment of the second book's release, in 2018.
What follows is my spoiler free five star review.
Because, I don't give 5 stars to lesser things than The Lord of the Rings, but since I'm weighing in here, I'm not going to be the first 4 star review. I really believe in Mr. Scalzi, so: let's go with 5 stars.
These two books are entertaining as space opera, peopled with interesting, well developed characters, who held my attention.
But, when you reach the epilogue, you will realise: these books are a parable. They're intended to make you stop and think.
I didn't like it when Robert A. Heinlein tried to make me think - but only in a way that mirrored himseif. He manipulated circumstances and characters to make his views appear not merely reasonable, but any other view custard-headed. He was one hell of a writer, and so I read everything he wrote, despite personally being custard-headed.
These books by Mr Salzi are much more inclusive and even handed than that - or, for that matter this review. Mainly because Mr. Scalzi is a far better writer than I am.
Science fiction is the literature of ideas. Those ideas come clothed in a good story. But, the best of science fiction asks us to think.
I like thinking. That's why I like science fiction. If you don't like thinking, these may not be the right books for you.
I think "The Consuming Fire" is going to be nominated for a Hugo. I hope it wins. And I hope the third book in the series is on Mr. Scalzi's writing schedule.
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Like many epic science fiction stories, Scalzi has passages of semi-omniscience where he tells the reader what is going on, rather than depicting the whole situation from the viewpoint of one of his cast of characters. This keeps the pace going and allows the reader to know some of the finer points that Scalzi thinks is important – and he makes this info-dumps enjoyable by the dry tongue-in-cheek tone he adopts. His characters are vivid, with some almost parodies in their desperation for more power, more leverage, more anything-they-can-get. I am intrigued by others, like Kiva, who I haven’t yet worked out is on the side of the angels, or simply out for what she can get. But be warned, she swears up a storm so if extensive use of the f-word offends you, then this is one to avoid.
Epic sci fi isn’t my favourite sub-genre – too much telling me what I should think… too much earnestness from the protagonists… too many powerful, entitled male characters… And I’m loving the fact that Scalzi has upended every single one of those peeves. His politically dynamic and feisty female characters are a pleasant change. His snarky tone and trick of understating the terrible consequences if the Interdependency fractures at the same time the Flow fails gives this book an almost urban fantasy feel. Will I be getting the next book? Oh yes.
The Consuming Fire is a good book but the first one third was slow and almost without any activity and it got me wondering if this would be a real disappointment. But it started moving and got interesting and in the end kept me reading with interest.
John Scalzi reminds me in this book about David Weber. Same love for emperors and nobility and that combination of pre-technology civilization combined with space age problems. Scalzi has more humor in his stories with less bloodbaths but they are two of a kind.
This is a good book and a decent number two in a series. I will continue to read them as soon as they get deivered from the printers.
Anyway it was a perfectly good book that’s worth reading if you enjoyed part one. However it feels like a gap filler - merely setting the scene for a third book in the series, and so left me missing the kind of satisfaction you expect at the end of a book.