Reviewed by Mark:
The Last Emperox is Scalzi’s concluding volume to his Interdependency trilogy, wrapping up the story that started in The Collapsing Empire and continued with The Consuming Fire. The flow streams between planets of the Interdependency are slowly collapsing, isolating star systems and consigning their inhabitants to a slow death. With time running out, Emperox Grayland II must wrest control from her enemies in order to save as many as possible, sending millions to the only planet with a breathable atmosphere: End. With political machinations abound, there are few options left to her, but her enemies know it is only a matter of time before they succeed. Or will they?
Fans of Scalzi will not be disappointed in his telling of this story, done with all his usual aplomb. The Last Emperox concludes well, though sometimes feels a touch rushed, and it leaves the door open to further tales in this setting – some of which could prove very interesting indeed, should he decide to tell them. In short, this is a fun trilogy that begs you to read just one more page. It’s over before you know it, and enjoyable throughout. Scalzi sure knows how to entertain.