The Collapsing Empire
'Rousing storytelling and satisfying intrigue . . . an engaging, well-crafted sci-fi drama.' - SFX
Does the biggest threat lie within?
In the far future, humanity has left Earth to create a glorious empire. Now this interstellar network of worlds faces disaster - but can three individuals save their people?
The empire's outposts are utterly dependent on each other for resources, a safeguard against war, and a way its rulers can exert control. This relies on extra-dimensional pathways between the stars, connecting worlds. But 'The Flow' is changing course, which could plunge every colony into fatal isolation.
A scientist will risk his life to inform the empire's ruler. A scion of a Merchant House stumbles upon conspirators seeking power. And the new Empress of the Interdependency must battle lies, rebellion and treason. Yet as they work to save a civilization on the brink of collapse, others have very different plans . . .
The Collapsing Empire is an exciting space opera from John Scalzi.
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Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure
Rousing storytelling and satisfying intrigue . . . an engaging, well-crafted sci-fi drama
Scalzi has constructed a thrilling novel . . . he balances humor with action throughout the book, and always keeps the plot twists coming
As delightful and easy to read as Scalzi at his best, with characters who are going to stay with you whenever you have to put the book down . . . which you aren't going to want to do.