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The Consuming Fire

The Interdependency, Book 2
Autor: John Scalzi
Sprecher: Wil Wheaton
Serie: The Interdependency, Titel 2
Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 19 Min.
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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: 

  1. The Collapsing Empire
  2. The Consuming Fire
©2018 John Scalzi (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Space opera at its finest

Let me begin this review in an unusual manner by stating that I read philosophical works about the future of AI, popular science explanations of astrophysics, biographies of mathematicians, actors, and politicians, and other material not related to my core expertise (autonomous systems, that is) that I find interesting. In short, I like to think of myself as someone with some degree of intellectual sophistication.

That being said, when I reach out for entertainment, I want to be entertained. For instance, somewhere in the third volume, I gave up on Game of Thrones, since George R. R. Martin manages to put the good guys through a never-ending succession of misery and cruelty without any reasonable reprieve. I for my part don't feel entertained by works of fiction that remind me of how unjust and cruel life can be, and often is.

In The Consuming Fire, John Scalzi creates several potential George R. R. Martin moments, but unlike Martin, Scalzi raises the tension in his story arc without breaking it. He knows his reader's critical moments where a reprieve must be offered, and he perfectly masters the delicate balance between the suspense that keeps one clinging to his words, and giving his readers the entertainment they're seeking by escaping into his worlds of fiction.

In other words, where Martin fails, Scalzi delivers outstanding entertainment.

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Scalzi at it‘s best

I loved the old men‘s war series and was sceptical at first, when I read about his new trilogy. Especially about the whole empire setting. What I love about Scalzis books are the reasonable characters, which are a rare treat in scifi. Of course Scalzis figures also make mistakes and get in trouble. But not because of their own obvious stupidity or the lag of planing or good processes. I was worried that a royalty-empire setting could compromise this. But quite the opposite! The characters are awesome and I have listened to many scenes, especially with dialogues multiple times because they are just so much fun. Wil Wheaton also is just perfect for Scalzis Characters! I didn’t know before that he speaks audiobooks and now I am specifically looking for books, spoken by him. I seldom give 5 stars for anything, but this book absolutely deserve them. Absolute recommendation!

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Sorry I can't give six stars to While Wheaton

Great story and plausible characters. Also an incredible narrator While Wheaton. Absolutely enjoyable audio book.

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Holly Molly! Amazing speaker

And book! Can't wait for part 3! The speaker is amazing and some roles seem to come naturally :)

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Great continuation of the series, waiting for next

Great continuation of the series, waiting for next part! And the reading by Will Wheaton is as good as the text itself...

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If you heard/read book 1, nothing more to say

Then you know that this is a great series, and that the second book is at least as good as the first, maybe even surpasses it. If you didn't read/listen to book 1, do it now. 5/5 would recommend both.

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Wann kommt das nächste Buch?

Super, mir hat das Buch sehr gut gefallen. Jetzt warte ich gespannt auf den dritten Teil.

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Too short!!!

As always, this author builds a great story with great characters and leaves you yearning for more, this time managing this even better than in the first book of the series. I seriously wish that the sequel woul have been longer. It's like when you are really really thirsty and only get a sip of cold water to drink. If the book lacks anything beyond additional chapters, then I dare suggest that the ending was too abrupt, that those issues that were solved (dropped story-lines) were solved too quick, perfect almost magicly. The new issues (story-lines) add great potential for a longer book series, but at the time they seem too removed from the immidiate development and not absolutely necessary. Since there is no word as to what's happening at End, one would at least expect to read about how the Interdependency prepares to face the challenge, but that is almost forgotten until the very end. Cleaning house can be considered as such, but given that society starts breaking apart already, the story seems rushed to me. Even the survival of the people in the isolated system is only brushed upon. So I don't get it why the author chose to miss out on all the drama, suffering and/or triumph of the more ordinary people.

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Not to be recommended

John Scalzi has written some brilliant books ( he is one of my favourite scifi-authors) but has also produced a few that did not work at all. Sadly this novel here belongs to the later group, though it is not bad this second part of a new series just does not connect.

In the background the chances happening to the worlds of the human trade empire that we were introduced to in the first part are still going on. However in this book the main emphasis is political intrigue and infighting without any restraints – a kind of Trump-style contest. Maybe the author let too much of his well-known dislike of Donald Trump into the text?

It is only towards the end when the author brings in some new twists that the potential of this books shines through a bit. That is enough for a dedicated fan to await the next instalment of the series, for a novice to the series and or the author not so.

I do not know if the content is to blame, but for the first time the performance of Wil Wheaton does not fit either. The somewhat breathless angry-young-man style does not really fit but almost increases the annoyance.

To sum it up: for people who are not fans of the author I sadly cannot recommend this book at all.