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Title:
The consuming fire
ISBN:
9780765388971

9781509835164
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Tor, A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
316 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
"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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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The Consuming Fire -- the New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel to the 2018 Hugo Award Best Novel finalist and 2018 Locus Award-winning The Collapsing Empire -- an epic space-opera novel in the bestselling Interdependency series, from the Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi

The Interdependency--humanity's interstellar empire--is on the verge of collapse. The extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible is disappearing, leaving entire systems and human civilizations stranded.

Emperox Grayland II of the Interdependency is ready to take desperate measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth--or at the very least an opportunity to an ascension to power.

While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are prepare 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 between spaceships and battlefields.

The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, as are her enemies. Nothing about this will be easy... and all of humanity will be caught in its consuming fire.

The Interdependency Series
1. The Collapsing Empire
2. The Consuming Fire


Author Notes

John Michael Scalzi was born May 10, 1969 in California. He attended the University of Chicago. During his 1989 -1990 school year he was the editor-in-chief of The Chicago Maroon. After graduating in 1991, Scalzi took a job as the film critic for the Fresno Bee newspaper, eventually also becoming a humor columnist. In 1996 he was hired as the in-house writer and editor at America Online. When he was laid off in 1998, he decided to become a full-time freelance writer and author. His first published novel was Old Man's War. His other works include Agent to the Stars, The Ghosts Brigades, The Androids Team, The Sagan Diary, The Last Colony, and Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas. In 2014 his title, Locked In, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Scalzi makes good use of the setting and characters established in The Collapsing Empire for a space opera sequel centered on the battle for control of the interstellar Interdependency. The ruling House of Wu clashes with the ambitious Nohamapetan family in the face of undeniable evidence of changing physics that could isolate whole worlds: the Flow, the naturally occurring interstellar travel network that forms the empire's infrastructure, is collapsing. Wildcard Emperinox Grayland II claims to have religious visions as part of her calculated attempt to save humankind. Scalzi's key players remain individually distinctive and delightfully outrageous in their interactions without becoming caricatured. A section about the exploration of a newly reaccessible world falls into a tired mode as old computers reboot and a meeting with a degraded remnant of the population feels like alien first contact, but the story brightens again when the shipbound avatar of an old king breezes in to do historical exposition. This novel sits perfectly in its second-book role, leaving the reader deeply invested in the developing story, with plenty left to tell. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Literary. (Oct.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

The empire of humanity, the Interdependency, is collapsing. The Flow, which allows vessels to travel from world to world in a fraction of the time it would take even moving at near the speed of light, is slowly but inevitably shutting down. It's only a matter of time before the worlds of humanity are separated from one another by the yawning abyss of space. In this follow-up to the Hugo-nominated The Collapsing Empire (2017), Emperox Grayland II is scrambling to find a way to keep the empire from descending into anarchy, while her very vocal critics are preparing for a civil war that could destroy the empire before Grayland can save it. If you're picturing a plodding tome about intergalactic politics, think again: Scalzi writes, as always, in a lively, occasionally flamboyant style, and his characters are, despite the fact that they live in the far-flung future, as real and human as anyone you'd meet in the here and now. Scalzi once again demonstrates why he is one of the most popular SF novelists currently writing. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The buzz is growing steadily around this second in Scalzi's new series, including its selection as one of Goodreads' Most Anticipated Fantasy and Science Fiction Books.--David Pitt Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Humanity has spread itself across the universe, thanks to an extra-dimensional conduit among the stars called the Flow. The empire known as the Interdependency relies on the Flow to travel, but it's starting to disappear, causing star systems to become stranded and inaccessible. The leader of the Interdependency, Cardenia Wu-Patrick, known as Emperox Grayland II, will do anything to make sure her people survive. If they let her, that is: many think that the collapse of the Flow is a hoax, and the Emperox and her allies must be ousted. With battles waged among starships, business factions, and religious doctrines, Grayland, Lord Marce, and the rest of their supporters will have to use all of their experience and wits to stay ahead of their enemies and save humankind. VERDICT The sequel to The Collapsing Fire is another fast-paced romp through Scalzi's imagination, bearing hallmarks of his humorous slant on sf tropes. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]-Kristi -Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.