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The Last Emperox

The Interdependency, Book 3
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Series: The Interdependency, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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The Last Emperox is the thrilling conclusion to the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today best-selling 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?

©2020 John Scalzi (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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So much potential, just to be rushed away.

I've really enjoyed this series, Mr Scalzi has built such an in-depth and interesting universe. It's such a shame it all ended so suddenly and conveniently. While I was keen for this book, I would have gladly waited longer if it led to a more in-depth story, especially in section 3.

Despite all this, I really enjoyed this book and Will Wheaton's performance of it was great.

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I listened because it was the next one.

A bit "formulaic" and the ending was a bit abrupt. I enjoyed the first books interesting concepts and listened to the second to see where they would go. I listened to this one because it was next. I didn't really have any great expectations, but still came away somewhat disappointed.

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I wanted to give this 5 stars. I enjoyed the story, but it really did only feel like the conclusion of an ongoing story, and not a full novel unto itself. Characters fell flat (with the exception of the foul mouthed Keva who not once failed to impress) and as a whole did not feel there was a lot that happened over the span of the novel by comparison to the first two books.
As a conclusion to the trilogy, it was satisfying. As a novel, it felt half finished.

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  • Jan
  • 04-05-2020

Great end to the series but I wish there was more

Great end to the series, and there were some loose threads left open for some other books.
Scalzi has created a very interesting universe with a very interesting backstory/setting. Eagerly awaiting a follow up/in universe book.

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Great mainstream Sci Fi

John Scalzi is up there with the greats of sci-fi. This series reminds me of Asimov's Foundation trilogy in the way it has politicians, scientists and military all fighting when Galactic collapse is staring them in the face. Scalzi is an expert at bringing characters in and out of the action. A bit more swearing than usual but it fits the characters. Wil Wheaton (one of my favourites) does a good job, but rushes some of the scenes. Still better than almost all

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Brilliant Sci-Fi

This whole trilogy is magnificent. Will Weaton's narration is brilliant. I'm sad to see this end... might just read them all again!

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Fantastic saga - love the narrator

I always like Wil Wheaton and he doesn’t disappoint with this narration - grappling with the tangled names of this series. Full of expression - loved it.
Great story - various plots and twists - great sci fi ideas and inventions which I enjoyed and a dash of physics to get your brain struggling - like that too.
One thing I felt the end was a bit rushed, so much had gone into the build up. Still satisfactory - really enjoyed the whole saga.

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Excellent narration, ending only ok

Really enjoyed Wheaton's narration, probably the best of any ive heard on audible. I'm also a big fan of this series, it's universe and characters. Unfortunately I found the ending somewhat unsatisfying, it's not bad but not the same standard as the rest of the series probably because the final act seems a bit rushed. It almost feels like there are a few chapters missing (ie planned but then abandoned, not that it doesn't make sense). Overall still a great book and a great series which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • Roswatheist
  • 14-04-2020

A Solid End To a Trilogy

I typically don't like planned trilogies but my affection for Scalzi's writing isn't typical. It took me a bit to warm up to The Collapsing Empire-two listens, but once I did, I fell hard (in contrast, I immediately loved Lock In). Wil Wheaton, as always, is an absolute pleasure of a narrator, though I admit to my bias in that, super geek that I am, I probably would enjoy his narration regardless.

Good scifi requires a foundation in good science and this is no exception to Scalzi's collection. Accidentally relevant, the lessons in this trilogy pack a punch and I look forward to reading the next lesson.

P.S. without spoiling anything plot-wise, I have to say that, "glitter dumpster of a mother" is my favorite phrase now.

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  • Harold
  • 25-04-2020

I bought 3 audiobooks for this crap.

I rate, but don’t write reviews often... but this ending seemed like slapped together crap from an author that got board half way through. When I picked up this series I didn’t think he was going to phone the ending in. Not only did the way he (not to give it away) leaned out the character pool leave very unfulfilling ending to character arcs, but the lack of details and thought behind it telegraphed the end of the book. It left only two possabilities. Either he left the ending twist to be written by an 8th grader, or it was going to end the way it did. There was no other way for it to end.
On the plus side the narration was great.

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  • Timothy D Hayes
  • 23-04-2020

What a let down

After everything, this is just a giant letdown. Will did a great job, but it’s like 3/4 of the way through the book Scalzi realized he hadn’t done anything to wrap it up, and then tried to do it all at once.

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  • Chandrian
  • 23-04-2020

Wait that’s it

Worth the read to wrap up loose ends but really feels like this one was phoned in. Just meh, good quarantine listen if your doing house work, but it left the world building and exploration the first books did so well with behind. Wil Wheaton’s narration is solid as usual.

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  • Scott Mckenzie
  • 20-04-2020

What a way to ruin the series. Thanks Scalzi.

Wil Wheaton did an amazing job, like normal.

Scalzi took a great series and ended it so badly, I have no words. If you want experience the awful ending like I have, go ahead a buy this book.

You have been warned!

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  • Lauren M. Leclair
  • 16-04-2020

Surprising ending

well written, fantastic story that leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat or swearing outloud at the events that take place. the ending floored me, and left me sobbing.

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  • CyaniCteC
  • 16-04-2020

boring end to a hollow series. no plot development

seriously, the premise had potential and instead it ends up just being a want-to-be game of thrones. no story development, and the most interesting elements to the story are glazed over for the sake of convenient plot changes. wheaton is not the best voice for the story either.

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  • John Willis
  • 15-04-2020

The dance floor is rented, the band is paid

It seemed a tight story which didn't waste a lot of time in tying up loose ends. All of the characters developed in the previous books are back and given a moment to shine. The story however seemed to suffer at the expense of the goal of this book. Which was to wind things down and bring things to a type of conclusion.. with no promise to follow up with the characters later. It rather felt like the last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.. complete with a 'Q' stand in.. to answer all questions and teach a few lessons. I found myself grasping at threads of story lines that could have easily spun themselves off into entire novels.. but they were left as stage dressing for the reader to just imagine what happened to that story line.. but this book had one mainline core to its purpose which it relentlessly pursued to the end. In the end it reminded me of how they ended the Star Wars Saga in the most recent movies.. regardless of what the fans wanted.. or might have preferred.. this had to be the end. Oh well.

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  • Mike
  • 22-04-2020

Disappointing ending

A disappointing ending to the trilogy, with a deus ex machina conclusion. Has little of the spirit of the first two books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-04-2020

That was bittersweet

I loved the book and Wil Wheaton's narration. Kiva Lagos had me in stitches all the while and I really loved the character.

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  • Michael
  • 16-04-2020

Third verse, same as the first and second

In this Interdependency novel, Grayland is struggling to maintain her position. No-one has faith in her ability to do the job, and she's struggling to get the noble houses to focus on the collapse of the flow. The Nohamapetans are trying to depose her, and Kiva Lagos is roped in to Grayland's attempts to foil the Nohamapetans' schemes. The Wu family are being duplicitous, and several nobles you've never heard of form conspiracies to enrich themselves.

So, here's a question. Which book in the Interdependency series was I talking about there?

Early on in The Last Emperox, Nadashe Nohamapetan reflects on how her single minded desire for revenge on Grayland has made her kindof a two dimensional villain. Yes, John Scalzi, well done, you've drawn attention to the problem with your story. Do you want to try and fix it maybe? Maybe give Nadashe Nohamapetan more depth or have her reflect on how her family keep trying to initate coups and it keeps going terribly? No? You're just going to go ahead and write the same story we've already read twice but it's fine, because you're lampshading how you're this story is just money for old rope.

I live in a country where there is constant political infighting which has led to gridlock for the last five years, so I can't say any of this is unrealistic. The thing is, just because it's realistic, that doesn't make it interesting to read, given we've read exactly the same book twice already.

Scalzi had an oppertunity with this book to move past the coups and the politicking, but he apparantly has a comfort zone. Maybe he thought the Interdependancy series was a series of political thrillers and he had to stick to that model. If that's the case, this book is a complete failure, because the whole thing is just Nadashe Nohamapetan orchestrating an incredibly elaborate series of coups from exile. She doesn't seem to have any problem getting bombs and poison into the most secure locations in the interdependency. She's one of the most wanted criminals in the Interdependency. How is she doing any of this? The culmination of the coup is just asanine as well.

Taken by itself, this book relies on co-incidence, characters behaving like idiots, and unrealistic motivations to reach a conclusion. As the final book in the series it's repetative and uninteresting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-2020

Was looking forward to it & found it disappointing

I was so looking forward to it, I pre-ordered it. To me it feels like Scalzi lost interest in his characters and interdependancy world, and was pushing to hit his publishing deadline. In the earlier books you buy in to the characters and the world building is enjoyable. Here the plot seems rushed, you loose all care for the characters to the point where they feel dispensable. It ended and my overall feeling is meh. The last chapter attempts to tie up lots of loose ends quickly and with no enjoyment, it feels like a list (for this bit of plot A happens, b happens to this part, C happens here, and oh D and E happen to wrap this up) which feels like the outline for the book rather than the book itself. It really wasn't satisfying. Not up to standard in my opinion. A Fail from John Scalzi here.

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  • Asbjørn
  • 17-05-2020

Disappointing

It is a bit bad when at the end of a trilogy you feel that you've wasted your time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-05-2020

Great

Great series, character driven plot that explores the human side of a catastrophe set in the future. Lots of plotting and scheming.

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  • Arry
  • 06-05-2020

Very good

This was a good end to the series which I have very much enjoyed great characters and a good story and wil Wheaton was excellent as usual brings life to the story

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  • Haviland
  • 01-05-2020

An Excellent Finale

Superb finale to a great trilogy, twists, surprises, occasional profanity and great characters., helped in no small measure by Wil Wheaton's narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-04-2020

brilliant conclusion to the trilogy

What a ride. It was a great conclusion with the story switching from laughter to tragedy in equal measure. Perfectly pitched to conclude the series.. if concluded it is of course with Scalzi!

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  • gregg nicolson
  • 24-04-2020

What a rip snorting end to the trilogy

A great trilogy ended tidily and cleverly. I will read and reread many times over the years!

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  • Kate
  • 23-04-2020

Very satisfying conclusion to the trilogy!

Another fantastically compelling yarn to wrap up the series. Machinations & twists worthy of the Game of Thrones crew, but a lot funnier. Im not a huge fan of Wil Wheaton's narration, but i wouldn't say it's bad as such. Great stuff.

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  • simon white
  • 23-04-2020

The Empire gets just what it needs

great to get this excellent series to its conclusion. not perhaps what one may have expected but satisfying nonetheless.