Review: The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi

Rating: 5 out of 5

Mr Scalzi was first recommended to me a number of years ago—having now finished the Interdependency books, it’s to my regret that I waited so long with picking these up. Altering between humorous and deadly serious in tone, Mr Scalzi managed to create a very compelling world: at least compelling enough for me to prefer this world to sleep on a very late evening.

The most enjoyable part about Mr Scalzi’s style was the way he occasionally stepped out of character, out of universe, and took on the mantle of a divine narrator, describing the past, present, and future in the same go. These tangents along with the some well-considered quips at his own characters were perfectly cheeky.

At the same time, the main characters, Grayland and Kiva, were an absolute pleasure to follow with there being enough uncertainty in the happenings that no specific ending was guaranteed throughout. Added to that, the Interdependency is a brilliant creation with many of our familiar institutions carved into a futuristic space age.

I recommend (and even more so given I know where it goes with the next few instalments)!

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