Book Review: The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Title: The Consuming Fire
Author: John Scalzi
Series: The Interdependency #2
Publication Date: Otcober 2018

Synopsis: "Humanity's sprawling empire is on the verge of collapse. Its trading route between the stars is vanishing, leaving planets stranded. And billions of lives will be lost unless desperate measures are taken. Emperox Grayland II, the Interdependency's ruler, is ready to take those measures. But even this may not be enough. Some believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth - or an opportunity to ascend to power.

For while Grayland prepares for disaster, others prepare for civil war. And this war will be fought in the halls of power, between titans of industry and in places of worship as much as in space. Nothing about this power struggle will be straightforward... and all of human civilization is at stake."

My thoughts: I reviewed the first book in The Interdependency series last year and really loved it, so I was eager to get my hands on the second one. And it did not disappoint.

All the characters I fell in love with in book one are back, cracking jokes, and just generally being awesome. They show their insecurities but also kind of hide them behind a veneer of humour and self-confidence, and I really love that (something I do on occasion, too, and I think many people can relate to).

What you're really getting here is a wonderful romp - action, intrigue, scandal, and of course Scalzi's fantastic sense of humour, all rolled into one brilliant ride. A couple of new characters were introduced in this book and I really loved them too - even if I was loving-to-hate them. 

I don't really want to write too much else, as I don't want to accidentally give away any plot points given this is a second book in a series, but I just want to say that this was such a joy to read. It really lifted me up and reminded me of everything I love about reading, and I am so grateful to Scalzi for writing these books. He seems like a good egg.

{I received a review copy from Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!}

A favourite line from the book: 'But had he tried, what they would have boiled down to would have been, Hey, you know what, basing an entire system of social, political and economic control n the vague, all-too-easily misinterpreted words of a single person claiming divine inspiration is probably not actually all that smart, is it.'

You would like this book if: Well... if you liked the first book, I think this will be a good bet; if you enjoy funny and fascinating scifi with a kick of political intrigue and a dash of romance.

Tea to drink while reading this book: I don't know why, but maybe a bit of chai would be good - something spicy!

Rating:  8/10

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