The Consuming Fire

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Sequels aren’t easy; it’s pretty hard to made a great second book when you started off your series so strongly. Thankfully, the second installment of bestselling author John Scalzi’s Interdependency series, The Consuming Fire is just as engrossing and brilliant, making it feel more like a continuation of the first book, The Collapsing Empire, than an actual sequel.

We last left the Interdependency on the brink of great change. The extra-dimensional conduit system known as The Flow that makes it possible for spaceships to cross the far reaches of space in record time is on the edge of collapse. The Flow goes through phases of growth and collapse, and it’s been stable for a long time and is now in its waning stages. The collapse of the Flow will mean great change for all the inhabitants of the entire universe. And those powerful families who have been in power and rich for so long are due for a rude reckoning.

It will be up to the brand new Emperox Grayland II to prepare the Interdependency for this great change, even though most don’t believe her. And those that do believe are preparing for civil war. A spark of hope exists with a world that has been sealed off for centuries, but to which a conduit of The Flow has just opened up to. A research mission will be sent to see what can be learned of this world and whether there are any survivors and, if so, determine how they have been able to survive for so long.

Scalzi’s characters are just as strong in this second book in the series; the introduction of new ones are just as interesting and compelling. The plot is moved along into new and enthralling story lines that, like the conclusion of the first book, leave the reader wanting that third book right away.


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Author John Scalzi
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Tor Books
Publish Date 2018-10-16
ISBN 9780765388971
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Issue Mar-19
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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