Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1), The

Liu Cixin
Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenemonenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-04-17

I don't really know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this, lol. I was very confused at first because it's labeled sci-fy but the first 3ish hours of the audiobook were about the Cultural Revolution. What I really loved about it over all is how different it was. Parts of it were a bit... drawn out for my taste, bit overall it was really interesting.

Reviewed: 2021-01-19
Disturbingly poorly written:
- clumsy sentences: nearly every sentence is somewhat ham-fisted
- weak developments: the aliens speak perfect English/Chinese, of course, and all the 'science' is plain silly.
- simple characterizations: absolutely no moral ambiguity,
- derivative: American books are referenced, the gruff American cop and the socially confused scientist are all present, the American 'appeal to power' dutifully appears.
- poor plot development: the video game segments are almost painful
- passable but cliched scenario: first contact (again).

Of course in a book like this, the aliens are psychologically human, the Cultural Revolution fails to be effective and is never really criticized, the United Nations calls a meeting with the central characters and tries to save the world.

Really, it's crap; like eating three plates of shit food, one after the other. I was so glad when it finally finished and I could stop resenting this derivative, crappy book for its keeping me away from other, decent, books. This book is what a first publisher-rejected draft might look like.

Reviewed: 2019-01-12
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