Consuming Fire by John Scalzi (Interdependency #2)
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: about a bottle of wine, after watching star wars vi. i love watching these again in order. especially with my resident star wars expert, i get all my questions answered.
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 bestselling Interdependency series, from 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 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 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.
Drunk Overview: THis is the second book in the series so if you havn’et read the first, sorry, but you’re gonna get spoilers. Otherwise, check out the review for book one HERE. BUT the newest Emperox is like… trying to figure out her shit after she claimed to have visions so that she can mainpulate her empire. Why does she need to manipulate them, you ask? Because the physics phenomenon that allows them to travel lightyears without going fast than light… The Flow… is dying and it’s going to be the end of humanity as she knows it. Oh, and there are other folks that are trying to take power but utterly ignoring the issues at hand.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: This series is incredible. It’s hilarious and complicated while also not taking itself too seriously. I love that.
Characters: So the emperoux (sp?) is fucking amazing. She’s just trying to do her best but also not giving a FUCK about politics, only the greater good and im in to that. The physicist who figured out that the Flow is falling apart is so sweet, but also has strength of his own and who doesn’t love that? Nadashe and her whole house are just… the epitome of politicians. Like… holy fucking shit. Also, all the nerds in this are actually the best.
Plot: What’s awesome about this space opera is that it’s not super long. Scalzi gets right to the point. The Flow is dying so there’s not time to play. It’s go go go and it’s incredible. I’ll say that i was right in the middle of a slump and this book SHOVED me out of it. I also have a note here from the end in all caps that I’d like to sahre… ahem
“SHE SHOWED YOU”
which shoudl be all you need.
Writing Style: This book is histerical. so so funny. and they curse like i curse which brings me joy
World Building: HOLY MOTHER FUCKING SHIT I CANT. Like, I should have expected, but didn’t and that’s brilliant. Gimmie gimmie gimmie
What to pair it with: gin fizz. it’s sharp, tangy, and bubbly. come at me.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,