The Last Emperox

by John Scalzi

Something I forgot to mention when reviewing the previous Interdependency books is how much I enjoy Scalzi’s exuberantly irreverent writing style. I love it when it feels like the author was chuckling at their own cleverness while writing. Tamsyn Muir is like that, too. And Jasper Fforde. And Douglas Adams, obviously.

In this, the last installment, the characters (Kiva Lagos is my absolute favorite) rollick towards a tidy but unpredictable conclusion.

If you didn’t get it from my previous reviews, I really enjoyed this series!

The Consuming Fire

by John Scalzi

You know how climate change is a thing and we could probably do something about it but we can’t even agree it’s really happening, much less what to do. Or how COVID-19 is a thing that we can prevent with masks and vaccines but lots of people think it’s a hoax, or that vaccines are a hoax, or that anyone who gets sick is lying. That’s basically the Interdependency once the imminent collapse of the Flow becomes public knowledge.

It’s not like humans are going to stop being human just because of an imminent threat to humanity.

Good sequel.

The Collapsing Empire

by John Scalzi

Humanity has spread out with the help of the Flow—sort of like faster-than-light rivers through space. Each human world specializes in one thing the others need, so that no world can survive without the other. Hence, the Interdependency. When the Flow starts changing, a scientist, a starship captain, and the reluctant new ruler of the Interdependency rush to salvage what they can.

Well written page-turner with likable characters. My one complaint: interdependency is a really clunky word.