Audiobook Review: THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi (Narr. Wil Wheaton)

The Collapsing Empire: The Interdependency, Book 1
Written by: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins 
Series: The Interdependency, Book 1
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:03-21-17
Publisher: Audible Studios

Publisher’s Summary
Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible – until the 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.
©2017 John Scalzi (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Review: John Scalzi once again delivers with a complex and highly enjoyable mystery that spans galaxies. This will be a great pick up for any fan of space opera, as The Collapsing Empire introduces us to an empire on the verge of losing its faster than light travel system. We have a new Empero, a likable young woman who’ll have to uncover a murderous plot rooted in a coup for control of the universe. She was the most likable of the characters, but there weren’t many others that really struck an emotional resonance. This book is mostly a whodunit with some pretty funny parts, a bit of sexual humor that might offend some, and an interesting race against time mystery to see what will happen to the travel system. I enjoyed it, and will get the next book, but I hope to find more characters to care about in the next installment. The mystery and world building was top notch.

I listened to the audiobook produced by Audible Studios and narrated by Wil Wheaton. Standard excellence from one of my favorites. No complaints there. Far from it. He and Scalzi are a perfect tandem, so it was with great excitement that I could enjoy this book with Wheaton’s vocals.

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more: http://www.timothycward.com/newsletter/.

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