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 Last Emperox releases on April 14th, 2020. Preorder now!
“Let’s be clear about what’s going on,” Deran Wu said. “It’s the end of civilization as we know it. And it’s going to be great for business.”
Well. Well then. That sure was one hell of an ending to this series. Ever since book one, The Collapsing Empire, I wondered how a world with this setup, and these implications, with these characters, and this society could possibly ended satisfactorily.
Scalzi pulled it off.
I just had so much fun reading The Last Emperox. It started off well. By making me laugh. And laugh. And laugh some more. Which is good. You need those laughs to carry you all the way through the entire book, since it does get heavy. Also, even though I read books one and two months ago, I fell back into the world effortlessly.
The Consuming Fire left us in a good spot. The Interdependency has finally admitted that there is a problem with the Flow, their method of travel between the stars. This means that billions will die if nothing is done. And the panic is starting to set in. Also, Emperox Grayland II has thwarted a coup against her.
There is the opportunism, too. The elite don’t care about the people of the Interdependency. Only Emperox Grayland II does. She has become something of an icon for the everyday person, and she really does care about them. She wants to make certain that everyone will get out of this alive. Or at least as many people as can be saved, there will be casualties involved, always.
The Last Emperox is an interplay between the Elite who want to take everything for themselves and screw the little man, and the Emperox that wants to make certain everyone will get out of this that can be saved. And there is very little time to save everyone until everything collapses. Months for some, years for others. And there is bureaucracy involved, which slows everything down to a crawl. This is a completely Scalzi classic.
The ending to this series was amazing. I can’t say I saw the ending coming, as it happened. I’m not exactly certain how I was expecting this to end, because I couldn’t foresee how any of it was possible. I’m completely happy about it, though, and enthusiastic to be able to talk about it to others when this releases!
ARC received from Tor Books Books on Netgalley. This did not affect my review. Thank you!
To read more reviews for this series, check out the The Interdependency series page!