Book Review: The Last Emperox (The Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi

The Last Emperox (The Interdependency, #3)
The Last Emperox
John Scalzi


The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Publisher: Tor

I loved it!! I want to say so much but this is a finale and no matter one's enthusiasm, it can't be ruined for others. 

So, one of the things I loved most was that this began with catching up on what was happening on End with Ghreni Nohamapaten and his ill-fated takeover. I was disappointed in the second book that we didn't get a look in because it was a very interesting thread on the story, but I forgave all here. It was great. The story also closes at End making a tidy circle. What happens in the interval is both a lot and not much. It's a funny thing to have the problem of saving civilization being Cardenia/Grayland II's primary focus but the story not showing how that's going to get done (the chats with Marce about maths and Flow shoals didn't really fulfill that in my estimation). But to be fair, Cardenia/Grayland II had another great problem to deal with, Nadashe Nohamapathen. Nadashe levelled up in awfulness here and I don't even have the time to detail how much she got on my nerves (it was great!). All I will say is the tension was high and I was on edge.

It's quite unsettling to check the percentage left in a book and worry that the nobles will pull everything off, light out to End with their wealth and leave billions of their citizenry to die without a second thought. Even trepidatious, I couldn't stop reading and then a momentous shift takes place and the Epilogue's arrived and I could finally reach for my glass of wine.

I bought the first two and checked this one out from the library. I plan to purchase this one to complete my set. A great end to a fun series.


Summary: 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 Interdependency Series
1. The Collapsing Empire
2. The Consuming Fire
3. The Last Emperox

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