SFF

The Last Emperox

Tor. (Interdependency Sequence, Bk. 3). Apr. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780765389169. $26.99. SF
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The Flow, an interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, is collapsing, no matter what deniers may say. As entire systems, with all of their people, are cut off from one another, others look to surviving in the moment. Emperox Grayland II continues to stave off the enemies that try to unseat her. Grayland’s lover, Marce Claremont, attempts to find a way to stop the Flow’s collapse, while many others search for ways to profit off the end of civilization. As conspiracies and coups arise and life as everyone knows it begins to fall, the Emperox must decide how to ensure the survival of her people—even though it guarantees that not everyone will survive. The central voices of Grayland, antagonist Nadashe Nohamapetan, and the brash Kiva Lagos play off each other throughout the story lines, weaving the core points of view into a multidirectional scan of this incredible spacescape setting.
VERDICT Scalzi’s trilogy conclusion (after The Collapsing Empire and The Consuming Fire) is filled with irreverent, humorous, and intelligent prose, providing a more-than-satisfying end to this trilogy.

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