Top positive review
Timing is evrything
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020
The first sentence of chapter 1 of this book reads:
“Let’s be clear about what’s going on,” Deran Wu said. “It’s the end of civilization as we know it. And it’s going to be great for business."
That this could also be a one-liner for the current pandemic? Is NOT irrelevant.
This book, and the preceding two, is about change. Sweeping, unexpected change - and how people deal with it.
That society is currently dealing with sweeping, unexpected change is coincidental. Mostly.
John Scalzi is very good at honing in at universal truths. Here, those truths are: people really don't like change...yet change is endemic to the human condition.
Mostly, change happens in digestible increments which make people grumble, but which they can tolerate.
But sometimes change happens faster. That can make people cling to something, making it crumble even faster under their shattering grip. Change makes doing what's right hard.
Timing has made this last installment of the Trilogy painfully pertinent.
It seems to me - and I admit, I'm frequently wrong - people may be tempted to give this book a lukewarm review if it makes them uncomfortable. So, I'm posting my five star review to say me being uncomfortable? Means I believe Mr. Scalzi did a very good job.
I'm not a very good writer, and maybe this is a weak review.
But if you read this before posting your own review? Please reflect if your attitude to the book is more about your attitude to change and the current issues in the world around you than The Last Emperox.