Book cover, The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.Author: John Scalzi
Genre: Science fiction
Published: 2017
Pages: 331
Reading started: July 21st, 2023
Current progress: Page 331 of 331 (100%)
Reading ended: August 5th, 2023. This book was successfully finished in 15 days.
Effective reading time: 7 hours, 16 minutes (1 minute, 19 seconds per page)
Number of sessions: 22
Average session reading time: 19 minutes, 50 seconds
Average session review score: 4.8 of 5
Final review score: 5 of 5

Description Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.

Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war - and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.

The Flow is eternal - but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals - a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency - must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.