The last Emperox

John Scalzi, 1969-

Book - 2020

"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, e...ven 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?"--Jacket flap.

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Series
Scalzi, John, 1969- Interdependency ; 3.
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Genres
Science fiction
Published
New York : TOR, a Tom Doherty Associates Book 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Sequel to: The consuming fire.
Physical Description
318 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780765389169
0765389169
Main Author
John Scalzi, 1969- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

After putting down one attempted uprising and imprisoning most of her enemies, Emporex Grayland II can only count on her closest advisors. Kiva Lagos works to hold the continuing coups at bay, while Marce Claremont tries to figure out a solution to save more than just a fraction of the millions of inhabitants from habitats across the empire as the Flow (the interstellar channels that cross galaxies) continues toward inevitable and mysterious collapse. The rich and noble families of the Interdependency scramble to save their privilege and wealth as their intergalactic society begins to unravel. Nadashe Nohamapetan will exploit their concerns as she continues to scheme her way out of prison and toward the crown via political maneuverings and assassinations, both successful and not. This profanely funny political thriller is a fitting conclusion for the Interdependency Sequence (The Collapsing Empire, 2017; The Consuming Fire, 2018), and Scalzi delivers on the promise of a last Emperox with clever storytelling as an empire comes to an end. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The Flow, an interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, is collapsing, no matter what deniers may say. As entire systems, with all of their people, are cut off from one another, others look to surviving in the moment. Emperox Grayland II continues to stave off the enemies that try to unseat her. Grayland's lover, Marce Claremont, attempts to find a way to stop the Flow's collapse, while many others search for ways to profit off the end of civilization. As conspiracies and coups arise and life as everyone knows it begins to fall, the Emperox must decide how to ensure the survival of her people—even though it guarantees that not everyone will survive. The central voices of Grayland, antagonist Nadashe Nohamapetan, and the brash Kiva Lagos play off each other throughout the story lines, weaving the core points of view into a multidirectional scan of this incredible spacescape setting. VERDICT Scalzi's trilogy conclusion (after The Collapsing Empire and The Consuming Fire) is filled with irreverent, humorous, and intelligent prose, providing a more-than-satisfying end to this trilogy.—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

This thrilling conclusion to the best-selling Interdependency series follows Emperox Grayland II as she fights a desperate final battle for her crown and empire while striving to save her citizens from eternal intergalactic isolation.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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 Series1. The Collapsing Empire2. The Consuming Fire3. The Last Emperox