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The Consuming Fire

The Interdependency, Book 2
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"Wil Wheaton narrates this space opera full of political intrigue and charismatic characters. The young Emperox Grayland II does not have an easy task ahead. The Interdependency is in jeopardy due to the collapse of various planets in the empire. Powerful families are looking out for their own interests, even if that means killing their enemies and threatening the empire. Wheaton delivers an expressive narration using a humorous tone when needed and employing his acting talent to bring the characters to life. This audiobook is a treat not only for Wheaton's fans but also for anyone who is into well-written science fiction." (AudioFile magazine) 

The Consuming Fire - the sequel to the 2018 Hugo Award Best Novel finalist and 2018 Locus Award-winning The Collapsing Empire - an epic space-opera novel in the best-selling Interdependency series, from the Hugo Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi.

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken.  

Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth - or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power.  

While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields. The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, but then so are her enemies. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy...and all of humanity will be caught in its widening gyre.  

The Interdependency series: 

  1. The Collapsing Empire
  2. The Consuming Fire
©2018 John Scalzi (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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story was boring.

narrator was the best thing about this book. story was boring, and predictable, it reminded me of the star wars episode where it was all about politics and hardly any action.

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  • Len Krois
  • Altona Gate, Victoria Australia
  • 02-02-2019

Great entertainment<br />

Loved the story. Hanging out for ep 3 to be recorded. Hurry up Will Wheaton!

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Good but not as good as the first one

Will Wheaton delivers another stellar performance as narrator but the book did not grip me as much as the collapsing empire. High standard was set with the first book in series by the author so i guess thats forgivable (the two towers) i look forward to the conclusion.

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Awesome read

Really enjoyed the predecessor and this one absolutely lives up to it. I always love the political and economic side of sci-fi universes and this one had done that very well. Also the idea that rather than developing an FTL drive humanity could only expand through the Flow and there was still a time delay was I felt a much more realistic interpretation of space travel so all that narrated by Will Wheaton I mean what's not to love.

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  • Donald Arquilla
  • 17-10-2018

Scalzi and Wheaton or the new dynamic duo?

seriously, I love scalzi's writing. his characters have great conversations and listening to will Wheaton swear in 6 different attitudes really gets you into the book.

the story also opens up in this one. the whole of the first book is establishing the plot so this book can really focus on the story.

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  • C. White
  • 16-10-2018

Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

Fine... I'll state it up front. I am an unabashed John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton fan boy! BUT there is a reason why, and the Consuming Fire is just another entry onto that long list of reasons. Given that this is the second book of the Interdependency series, I'm assuming that anyone who is reading this review has already made it through the Collapsing Empire, and you are wondering how this seconded entry holds up to the first. Overall, I actually enjoyed this book better. Whereas the first book focused mostly on the political maneuvering between two families and the physics of the flow. This entry dives more deeply into the Church of the Interdependency and how it is the practical glue that holds the Interdependency together. But just when you think this may turn into a plodding exploration of ecclesiastic devotion within the Interdependency, you are thrust into the politics of treason and outright betrayal across ALL the houses of the Interdependency, and stuck in the middle is Emperox Grayland II. Scalzi does a fantastic job in holding a mirror up to our own society to highlight the tendency of humans to ignore or dismiss inconvenient facts in favor lies that maintain the norm, or the lies that allow those in power to position themselves to take advantage of the chaos of the truth. Although I do not think that Scalzi intended to make a direct passion play to reflect our current debate surrounding global warming, throughout this book, I was forcibly reminded of the direct parallels. Before you get too worried that the book is a bit philosophically heavier than the typical Scalzi offering... fear not. The snarky wit and cleaver dialog that is a hallmark of Scalzi's writing is there from the very first sentence to the last. Throw in a bit of action, a few things blowing up and the unexpected discovery of the fate of Dalicia... you have a great Scalzi space opera. Finally... what John Scalzi review be complete without mention of his other half in these endevors: Wil Wheaton. Over the years, the voice of Wil Wheaton has become synonymous with John Scalzi. I have a hard time imagining listening to a Scalzi read by anyone else (sorry William Dufris, you've done a great job on the Old Man's War series, but Wil is still my goto for the voice of Scalzi).

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  • ryan m
  • 15-12-2018

I love Kiva!

Awesome story. Went through part 1&2 within a week and I'm now anxiously waiting for the third book.
Only other Scalzi that I've read was old man's war, which I loved, but this was on another level.
Wheaton did a great job differentiating the characters and didn't over play the roles.
5 stars in every aspect!

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  • Aaron
  • 05-12-2018

What an Ending - YES

I love, love the ending. I can not wait for book 3.
I hope for book 4 and more.

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  • John Norton
  • 20-10-2018

Ingenious!

Super plotting and characterization, with Scalzi's trademark satirical touches. Okay, sarcasm. Wheaton must always do Scalzi.

In sum: Better than cats. Better than pie.

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  • Craig
  • 20-10-2018

Super good!

A great sequel, and a super funny and exciting book. Everything that we should expect from Scalzi. The story was a bit predictable at times, but it was still very fun to read.

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  • Dana Pearson
  • 18-10-2018

Already waiting for what happens next!

Ya know how how rare it is to fall in love with a series and finish the next book in one sitting? Well... That's the magic of Scalzi & his new series... Luv Wheaton's frolicking reading, the riotous potty mouth of some and the plot intrigue in this expanding universe... Just get it!

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  • the mistress reviewer
  • 17-10-2018

Loved it but too short! High Fantasy spoiled me!

I really enjoyed this installment. Great world building as you would come to expect from Scalzi. My one complaint is that after listening to Dune, The Sword of Truth and Malazan Book of the Fallen, I've become used to 34-40h epics per entry so this took about a day to get through. no Fault of the author, just wish I had more.

fantastic performance by the narrator.

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  • i love this game so much you will once you start playing it!
  • 17-10-2018

Usually sequels are not as good as the original. This is better than the first

My Daughters high school English class has a year long assignment with each student choosing an author, reading four novels from them,essay on each and then an essay about the author. I asked my Daughter why she picked John Scalzi and she said that he is so funny that it takes the boredom out of reading plus Will Wheaton is great to listen to if I listen to the audio book. She is right Scalzi dialogue is filled with humour. I imagine that he must be a funny guy to be around because he is just humorous. This second novel is better than the first because the back story was already there and he was able to jump right into the story. I expect the next novel to be even better. He is one of the top science fiction writers alive right now. Everything he writes wins awards. He is also a prolific writer that will be like Stephen King by the end of his life with novels taking up entire wall of a book store.

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  • K. Piening
  • 17-10-2018

Amazing plot! Dialogue was serviceable.

Reminiscent of Dune, the plot and machinations of characters involved have satisfying ups, downs, twists, and turns. I've never been a big fan of the author's dialogue but it's serviceable and pretty easy to overlook. If you're a Dune fan you'll most likely enjoy this one!

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  • Haviland
  • 24-10-2018

Great Stuff

Have to leave a review in order to rate it, it appears :-)

An engrossing sequel to the Collapsing Empire - politics and power seeking take priority over an event that will lead to the loss of life of millions. Wil Wheaton's narration is engaging, subtly managing to differentiate between the many characters. Difficult enough when you're reading bed time stories to your kids, never mind for a mass market audiobook.

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  • David S
  • 22-10-2018

I can not wait for the next instalment!

The fascinating and addictive world created by John Scalzi is magnificently performed by Wil Wheaton

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  • Robin
  • 18-10-2018

A Marvellous Read

Funny with an excellent plot, extremely well written characters with whom it is easy to empathise, this book deserves to be a classic sci-fi novel.
Almost certainly there is an even more scintillating sequel in the works which is a really exciting prospect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-2018

are you fed up of Will Wheaton?

Sorry Will, but I'm one of the group who is fed up of hearing you read Scalzi. Perhaps you appeal to the Americans, but hearing you over *emphasize* almost *every* other word, eventually gets *irritating* and ultimately I'm not the only one who now will buy future Scalzi books to not have to listen to the *same damn* basic *over emphasizing* that comes woth *every* reading

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  • Mr Page
  • 18-02-2019

excellent

Wil Wheaton brings life to every character. it's like it was written for him to narrate.

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  • brian
  • 03-02-2019

Interdependency book 2 didn't let down

Another rip roaring ride from John Scalzi brilliantly read my Wil Wheaton. Carrying on where book 1 left off the fun, adventure and action do not let up.
I'm hoping it's not too long until book 3

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-02-2019

Another fun story, better than the first

it's better written has a more diverse range of characters and personalities. A tad short much like the previous books, John's written. I'd prefer a touch more femininity to the female characters will brings voice to but that's mainly for telling who's who. I'm a big fan of how the wider universe is opening up a bit. It would be nice to have some more action peace's and perhaps those which are longer but what's there is of a good quality.

over all a great listen.

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  • Gary smallwood
  • 24-01-2019

a fantastic second book. roll on the third book.

Great characters and a great pace. fantastic writing and character development. I really can't wait for the third book.

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  • Thomas
  • 13-01-2019

Another great story by John Scalzi

Fun story with great twists and turns. Will Wheaton brings it to life with another memorable performance. Looking forward to the next story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-2018

Excellent story, superb reader

I bought the audio version of this book, after buying the kindle version just to hear Wil Wheaton read it. He is the best, hands down. He needs to read All the books.