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The Consuming Fire

(The Interdependency #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,287 Ratings  ·  387 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Tor Books
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Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was excited for this second installment of the Interdependency series. Lots of fun and clever storytelling. Interesting characters. A true space opera. But damn. So much exposition. So many characters explaining various histories and technologies instead of finding other ways to get that information across. There is far more explaining than actual story and the story is so good! Leave the explaining. Give us more of the political and romantic intrigue of these characters. Still can’t wait for ...more
Kevin Kelsey
I have to admit that I’m blown away. This is how you do a middle book in a series! I had a few misgivings about The Collapsing Empire (and some of Scalzi’s earlier novels), but he has completely outdone himself with this second Interdependency book. It’s fun to see his writing get better and better as he goes. The pacing is tighter, the story flows with more fluidity, the characters are much more distinct from one another now, the prose is drastically improved over the last one, and the payoff i ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

In my review of The Collapsing Empire, I wrote that while it marked a strong return for John Scalzi to the realm of space opera, ultimately it is the next book that will determine whether The Interdependency series will sink or swim. So now that I’ve read the sequel, what did I think? Well, I’ll be honest—I was hot and cold on it. There were moments where I felt the novel floundered, but others where things really soared t
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review to come. Nice, fast paced sequel that keeps the first book's momentum going while layering in some neat twists and turns. Perhaps not the deepest or most fleshed out characters but they get the job done and deliver a story that is tough to put down.


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Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my absolute favorite novels of the year - it's vintage Scalzi, it feels like perhaps the most Scalzi-ish novel, if that makes sense. It's clever, witty, keeps you on your toes, and the ending is among the most "HOLY CRAP YES!" moments in a novel I've ever read. This was an outstanding read that I thoroughly enjoyed start to finish. Close to my favorite Scalzi novel.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In his second Interdependency novel, John Scalzi picks up the threads he left dangling at the end of The Collapsing Empire: Kiva Lagos settles into her role as custodian of the House of Nohamapetan only to get a front-row seat to its matriarch’s treachery; Marce Claremont makes a stunning discovery (or re-discovery) while studying the collapse of the Flow streams; and Grayland II uses every tool at her disposal to consolidate power and convince the masses that the Flow collapse is real and urgen ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Let me start by saying that if you don't smile when I say "Kiva Lagos" then you are dead to me.

Loved this book as much as I loved the first book in the series.
Background: I read books for the characters and yes there should be a plot but characters are what really jazzes me and gets me "into" a book.

Scalzi can write.
I mean he can really write great characters.
Sure he has a lot of swipes at (let's just call them what they are...idiots) climate deniers in this book so there are greater themes etc.
kartik narayanan
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The Consuming Fire is a mildly enjoyable book and is better than its predecessor. But, for the most part, it shares similar attributes while emphasizing the intrigue and politics more and de-emphasizing the 'science' aspects. its tone is a bit ragged fluctuating between seriousness and humour. And while the climax is a bit satisfying, there is a huge deus ex machine that occurs.

David Holmes
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was not too impressed with the first half of this book. The books in this series don't work well as stand-alones, but Scalzi tries to do his job and fill in the reader nonetheless... and those pages are mostly tedious. There's also more dabbling with Game of Thrones in Space, but it really doesn't work for me.

The second half worked much better for me than the first, though, leaving a fairly good taste in my mouth.
Allison Hurd
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Another fun installment in a comedic space opera about dire consequences. I don't think it was as amusing or taut as the first book, but I still read it quickly and with a few good chuckles.

CONTENT WARNING: (view spoiler)

Things to enjoy:

-Kiva and Cardenia. The stars of the show again, this time Kiva is in charge of finances, and Cardenia is announcing she's a prophet. They were still fun characters with their very own motiv
Executive Summary: Another fun book by Mr. Scalzi, although I wish it had been a bit longer.

Audiobook: Once again, John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton make a perfect fit. John Scalzi books are always full of snark, and Wil Wheaton is great at delivering it. He also does a few voices along the way that makes this a definite audio choice for me.

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I found the start of this book a little slow. I'm bad at names, so maybe I missed the significance later in the book, but I don't really get the point
Oleksandr Zholud
This is the second volume of the Interdependency trilogy(?). Just like the first book, The Collapsing Empire, it is a nice fast-paced yarn without heavy philosophizing. While per se it isn’t bad, for Scalzi is the talented writer but it is still not up to his other novels even despite the ending of this one calls for adding another star to the rating.

There is the Interdependency, a collection of human worlds/habitats, connected by the Flow, which allows faster than light travel and united under
Frederico Araujo
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Superb book with an interesting end.
Although a quick book, still entertaining.
Definitely some room to develop more the characters. Now can't wait for the 3rd book.
Jon Adams
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in a day (without reading it at work) and stayed up way too late to finish it. It's prefect continuation to The Collapsing Empire. Even with all the intrigue and politics, I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud. Read it!
Michael Hicks
Readers who enjoyed John Scalzi's previous entry in his latest series, The Interdependency, should find The Consuming Fire a fun romp. That said, being a second book in a trilogy, it does have a fair bit of middle-child syndrome, even if it is, overall, an engaging and fast-paced listen.

The Collapsing Empire, 2017's most appropriately named book release, set the stage for this series with its central premise of interstellar travel by way of the Flow (think rivers in space) and what will happen t
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ryan Fry
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently reread The Collapsing Empire and though I loved it the first time I found it stale the second time around. I felt it lacked character development, well anything it lacked in the first book IT FREAKING KILLED IN THIS ONE!

An amazing amount of character development from all of my favorite characters from TCE and it really built up the universe that is the Interdependency. Scalzi did an amazing job weaving the stories and points of view into an amazing and intimate space opera.

Highly re
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I have such mixed feelings about this series. The world is fascinating, and the central conflict with its parallels to climate change is a worthy challenge to tackle in a space opera, but sometimes I wonder if Scalzi is really up to that challenge. I feel like if he and Kim Stanley Robinson could just meld minds for a bit, they’d write my ideal sci-fi novel. But I also feel like they would NOT get along.

My main beef with both this and The Collapsing Empire is that these novels are too short to
This is such a good series and I couldn't wait to read this. It is fabulous! So funny, action-packed, scandalous and thrilling. I think it suffers just a little from being the 'middle book' but it's such a fun read in its own right. And now I cannot wait for book 3! Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This one is going to be short, and pretty much to the point.

You know all of those times when you highly anticipate a sequel and then are immediately let down? Yeah, this is one of those.

First things first: I LOVE Will Wheaton’s narration. He makes each and every novel even better with his spoken word, but it wasn’t enough to force my hand into giving more love.

Beginning on the heels of The Collapsing Empire, The Consuming Fire takes us on a journey that, well, reminds us of what happened in Book
Barb in Maryland
3.5 stars for the second episode in Scalzi's latest space opera.

Good fun after a slow start. Lots of palace politics, conspiracies, double and triple-crosses, all leading to a dramatic showdown. And hanging like the Sword of Damocles over all is the knowledge that the Flow (the space-time anomaly that allows for FTL travel between the different worlds of the Interdependency) is collapsing, isolating the member worlds from each other.

I had a good time with this once I got into it. I had not re-re
Nov 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-19-season
Like all recent Scalzi fiction, the good underlying story is smothered by the larding on of his political causes. All Scalzi's faults are once again on display. The book is readable, but a pathological refusal to physically describe his characters, a neurotic need to give characters ethnically clashing first and last names, intentionally disguising minor characters gender, denigrating all forms of religion, making bi-sexual the default setting of everyone who discusses sex, and the general samen ...more
Babs B
I listened to the audiobook version. Wil Wheaton performs the audiobook and I think he did a fabulous job. This is one where I was laughing and clapping while listening. I can’t imagine what people were thinking when they saw me just start clapping and laughing (and cheering) while walking or driving or whatever. I liked this book better than The Collapsing Empire and I loved The Collapsing Empire! Kiva Lagos continues to be one of my favorite characters—she kicks ass in this book. The last 30 m ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scalzi divirtiéndose con tramas políticas en los momentos finales de la Interdependancy. No está nada mal para tener la difícil tarea de ser el nexo de toda la historia. Si al primer libro le eche en cara ser apenas una introducción, aquí lo ha compensado con mas política, mas Greyland+Marce, mas Kyva, mas traiciones, complots, visiones divinas y viajes a zonas no previstas, con encuentros aun menos previstos, pero gozosos para el lector.

Mejor que el primero, y con ganas de seguir con el siguie
Just Notes:

- I want the third book to be out now.
- Story development for the plot took too long.
- The climax was not given the right amount of development. It made it seem like a tasteless tie up rather than a well thought out conclusion.
- I felt like I fell into a weird vortex and ended up in Bobiverse. If there is an intentional connection to the series, that's awesome.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scalzi just keeps getting better and better. I really don't remember much about The Collapsing Empire, the first book in The Interdependency series, but it really didn't matter because there is enough of the back story in this book that someone new to the series could pick it up and not feel lost. That being said, I fully intend to go back and re-read both of these books in order because the story is so engrossing that it's the kind of book that I devour because I've got to find out What Happens ...more
Dec 23, 2017: Yes, a title and a release date! Ten more months... Ten more months... Definitely rereading the first between now and then!
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, we have a society ruled by a family much like the Borgias in that they have both political and spiritual authority and shit-tons of money, besides. And there's a scheming woman who is much more like a Borgia in temperament and who really wants to depose the current Space Pope so that she can marry her daughter to the next Space Pope. There is a looming disaster of astrophysics that will cause the various outposts of this civilization to be cut off from one another. There's lots of scheming ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, sci-fi
Pretty much everything that I've said about book #1 in the series applies here. It reads (listens) extremely well (thanks to Wil Wheaton), though I noticed that "bla-bla-bla - X said. bla-bla-bla - Y said" pattern that plagued me so much in the Redshirts made its way through. I have no idea why such a seasoned writer cannot properly write dialogues where readers can maintain the mental state of the conversation and understand which sentence belong to which character without "X said, Y said" crut ...more
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SciFi and Fantasy...: "Consuming Fire" Buddy Read 41 46 Oct 29, 2018 01:49PM  
John Scalzi, having declared his absolute boredom with biographies, disappeared in a puff of glitter and lilac scent.

(If you want to contact John, using the mail function here is a really bad way to do it. Go to his site and use the contact information you find there.)

Other books in the series

The Interdependency (3 books)
  • The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)
  • The Last Emperox (The Interdependency, #3)
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