The Collapsing Empire. The Interdependency 1 by John Scalzi

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible – until the

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discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war – and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal – but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster-than-light travel forever, three individuals – a scientist, a starship captain, and the empress of the Interdependency – are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

  1. The Collapsing Empire
  2. The Consuming Fire


I read it in less than 24 hours because I was so enchanted! I can’t even. This book was EVERYTHING!

The prologue was already one of the best and most hilarious things I’ve ever read! How absolutely funny was it? I won’t go into detail because I want you all to read it but whew, that’s such an awkwardly funny & sad situation at the same time!

I absolutely adore the author’s style of writing. He just keeps cracking me up, this is exactly my cup of tea! Like the most simple things made me laugh.


Also, lots of f-bombs, so if you’re not cool with it, you shouldn’t read it. Or skip all the Kiva parts 😀


I’m normally not a fan of excessive use of it, but in this case it really works. It’s not swearing for the sake of swearing/being edgy. I don’t know. I wasn’t annoyed at it. It just fit.

I loved all the characters, whether it’s Kiva, the fearless, foul-mouthed member of the Lagos family who runs into trouble while trying to do business on the planet End, or Marce, the slightly nerdy & awkward son of a Flow physicist.. AND his badass cop sister! They are all so very interesting and I enjoyed reading about them! And ohmygod was Ghreni a little shit! Cardenia was very relatable as well, as she just became Emperox of the Interdependency and has to deal with a whole bunch of backstabbers, terrorist and advisors.

In this world, space travel is possible by the use of Flows, those are ‘streams’ between certain planets and make it possible for ships to go super fast. There’s no actual faster-than-light travel, just The Flow. But Flow streams have suddenly closed off in the past. This is for example how touch with Earth was lost. And now a scientist found evidence of coming disaster concerning the Flow.

It’s sooo freaking captivating! Powerful merchant guilds are trying to gain even more power & position themselves for what’s coming, a few people are trying to warn the rest of civilization but no one believes that the streams are really shutting down. It’s a major clusterfuck in the end and I was ALL there for it.

I saw criticism that this reads like a long introduction. And I can’t even argue too much – it IS set up for what’s to come, but also – if you wanna call it that – the BEST introduction I’ve ever read!

This is Expanse level of awesome. I love the characters and the world and want to be back soon! Book 2 should be on its way to me, hooray!



  1. I’m so excited to read this! I love Scalzi, and for no apparent reason, haven’t started this series yet, but absolutely will this year. Love your review!


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