The Collapsing Empire Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
The Collapsing Empire is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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If I have any complaints it's that I'm done with this series and I want more.
While Scalzi’s writing is wonderful in all his books, this was WAY too short for the price. Additionally, his political tirade in the Acknowldegements smack of a child on the playground or a Hollywood loon.
It's 3:00 am, and I can't put it down.
To be fair, I loved Old Mans War, Fuzzy Nation and a few other of John Scalzi's books. But this book is another level altogether. The word play, the relationships, the plot twists and turns had me searching for reasons to not watch baseball for more time on John's pages. Brilliant writing, intriguing story and fascinating characters; make this my favorite book in years. Looking forward to more on this series as soon as possible.
The Collapsing Empire
Eighty Percent Grade
Ordinarily, when I go back to read a Scalzi, or Niven, or Ringo work, it's to pick up a nugget of wisdom or literary elegance. For this work, it will to be sure I've got the plot straight. Not the same.
Reads like Scalzi, but...
By Chris Fabri
I liked this book. Seems like a good start to a new series. But 2 stars:
1. $13 for a 250 page book? That I know is going to be a series? I may stop here despite enjoying because I'm feeling a bit ripped off.
2. Apologize for the humblebrag, but I can't help feel like Scalzi just read the same set of other excellent sci-fi I've recently read: A dash of Simmon's "Endymion/Rise of Endymion", a bit of Hamilton's "Void" series, and more than a bit of Leckie's "Imperial Radch" series. Somehow I felt like a lot of the Scalzi creativity on the sci-fi side wasn't there.
Still the excellent dialogue, character development, with his always enjoyable irreverence. But Scalzi has set a high bar, so I don't feel bad giving a 2 star review to a short book that kept reminding me of too many other books.
Way better than anything he's written and up there with the best of space opera!
The Collapsing Empire
By Ken Follet
Scalzi is probably in the top three living sci-fi writers and this is his best work to date. It's the first in a multi volume work about a human empire (think Dune crossed with The Expanse universes). Excellent plot, terrific characters, funny and a real cliff hanger as well. Read it, you will be glad you did.
By Bitter Arugula
Scalzi nails it again. Tight writing, satisfying conclusion.
Scallions has done it again. Engaging characters. Exciting plot