A wonderful sequel without the sophomore slump. I can‘t wait for the next book.
I can see why this got so-so from some readers, it's more talky and political than some of Scalzi's space opera books like Old Man's War. I loved it, but I like politics so I found all the back room maneuvers and double crosses to be very entertaining. It reminded me a little of Dune, with the various houses plotting and planning against each other. 5 💥💥💥💥💥 out of 5.
One of the problems with Epic Sci-fi series is that the author has so many big ideas and complex scenarios that the books become bloated. Scalzi has a brilliantly thought out world and lots of moving pieces but his attempts to keep the story more concise and moving along makes it feel rushed at times. While it‘s fun and he pulls it together well, in the end I felt like there were areas that could have been explore more and opportunities missed.
This was an excellent sequel to The Collapsing Empire. The political intrigue is so good and there are wonderfully funny parts as well as great drama. Also, the moment when the title of the book is put in context was just amazing! And of course Will Wheaton's narration is fabulous!
This, to me, was not one of Scalzi‘s better books. I kept getting bored. I think it works best as a climate change allegory, with a side of political commentary on imperialism, capitalism, intelligentsia, scientists, historiography, and responsibility. As most good sci-fi does.
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3. The Great Library series by Rachel Caine and the Earthseed books by Octavia Butler. Both were Litsy buddyreads.
4. The Consuming Fire, the 2nd book in John Scalzi's Interdependency series. It is released October 16th and I can't wait!
Finished this today. What a thrill ride! Picks up shortly after The Collapsing Empire and continues the fun. I loved how he expanded the universe and then gave us a blockbuster ending. I can‘t wait to see where it goes next!
Just an FYI there are a lot of f*cks in here so if language is an issue be warned.