The Last Emperox is the thrilling conclusion to the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling Interdependency series, an epic space opera adventure from Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi.
The collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, has accelerated. Entire star systems—and billions of people—are becoming cut off from the rest of human civilization. This collapse was foretold through scientific prediction . . . and yet, even as the evidence is obvious and insurmountable, many still try to rationalize, delay and profit from, these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.
Emperox Grayland II has finally wrested control of her empire from those who oppose her and who deny the reality of this collapse. But “control” is a slippery thing, and even as Grayland strives to save as many of her people form impoverished isolation, the forces opposing her rule will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne and power, by any means necessary. Grayland and her thinning list of allies must use every tool at their disposal to save themselves, and all of humanity. And yet it may not be enough.
Will Grayland become the savior of her civilization . . . or the last emperox to wear the crown?
The Interdependency Series
1. The Collapsing Empire
2. The Consuming Fire
3. The Last Emperox
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Who knew a novel about the possible end of all human life could be this much fun? John Scalzi concludes his deeply complex and wonderfully clever Interdependency trilogy with this wild ride, following Emperox Grayland II as she races against time to save her people from chaos and certain death. The Flow—a hyperspace river that sustains life on all the planets in the Interdependency—is collapsing, and while the nobles are finally overcoming their denial, it may be too late. The Last Emperox crackles with wit and political intrigue. Scalzi has come up with satisfying and sometimes shocking endings for the gorgeously written characters we first fell in love with in The Collapsing Empire and The Consuming Fire. This brilliant science fiction saga may take place more than a millennium in the future, but it’s the perfect book for right now.
Hugo Award winner Scalzi knocks it out of the park with the tightly plotted, deeply satisfying conclusion to his Interdependency Sequence space opera trilogy (after The Consuming Fire). The Flow streams, trade routes that connect the planets governed under the Interdependency, face an imminent collapse that will leave every world but the small planet End isolated and cause countless deaths. Emperox Grayland II works to thwart coup attempts long enough for her lover, physicist Marce Claremont, to work out how to save the population from this impending disaster. Meanwhile, Grayland's enemy Nadashe Nohamapetan consolidates her control of End while promising disgruntled, powerful noble families exclusive access to the planet in exchange for their political support. Scalzi allows the flaws, foibles, and core personalities of the returning characters careful Grayson, ruthless Nadashe, and especially foul-mouthed mercenary Kiva Lagos to steer the story, and his careful, long-game planning allows for pitch-perfect pacing that will keep readers energized from start to finish. Balancing existing character dynamics and surprising but well-earned reveals with interstellar politics and pressing ethical questions of sustainability and power, Scalzi sends his series out with a bang.
If you like Scalzi, and his style, this story will fit right in.
The trilogy is fun, full of excitement, and, like most Scalzi stories... over too quickly.
Guess I’ll go read the Old Man’s War series again 😜
I loved them all
Fantastically entertaining, incredible characters, wonderful plot, and excellent dialog. Where is my Kiva?
What a let down
Scalzi must have hired a middle school child to write the ending, it ruined the whole trilogy. Don’t waste your time on any of them, this guy is on drugs and out to lunch.