The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
You can see where the plot is going from the moment you pick this up. Does that mean it's not a fun read? Hell no! This is a summer movie. This is eating ice cream in bed. This is well-done, fun sci-fi. It's a perfect beach read.
Scalzi is great at world building but his characters are pretty one-dimensional. I didn't even realize this was a series until I picked it up. I generally dislike reading series because they leave you hanging at the end. This book does exactly that. You will have to read the next 2 books of The Interdependency to see where this goes.
One thing that bothered me a bit was how Scalzi tries to give his spaceships witty names like Iain M. Banks does in The Culture series. When Scalzi does it, it just seems lame and like he's ripping off Banks.
Rating: ★★★★ Book #59 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge