Death's End (The Three-Body Problem) Hardcover – 20 Sep 2016
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'Wildly imaginative, really interesting ... The scope of it was immense' Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States.
'The Three Body epic concludes with sweep and scope and majesty, worthy of Frederik Pohl or Poul Anderson, Scholar Wu or H.G. Wells. The universe is likely to be a rough neighborhood. See just how rough... and how life might still prevail' David Brin.
'A breakthrough book ... a unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology, where kings and emperors from both western and Chinese history mingle in a dreamlike game world, while cops and physicists deal with global conspiracies, murders, and alien invasions in the real world' George RR Martin.
'This is a series that I will always have on my book shelves because of the pleasure it gives to revisit it ... Credit is also due to the translator, the extraordinary Ken Liu, for creating a read which enables all the high level concepts to weld with the ongoing epic story' Strange Alliances.
'Complex and grandiose ... this is a mind-altering and immersive experience' Daily Mail.
'The grand scale continues in this third volume ... There are many layers to this story, built up and woven together to form an extraordinarily grand tale of mankind's future. This volume brings the trilogy to a grand and satisfying conclusion' SFCrowsnest.
'Cixin's trilogy is SF in the grand style, a galaxy-spanning, ideas-rich narrative of invasion and war between humanity and the alien 'Trisolarians'' Guardian.
About the Author
Cixin Liu is China's #1 SF writer and the first translated author to win a Hugo award. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked as an engineer.
Translator Ken Liu has won the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy awards for his own writing.
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When I first approached Cixin Liu’s trilogy I was worried that it would fly over my head – it is rich not only in hard science fiction but also in philosophy, beginning in China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and then taking us into the near and then distant future when Earth falls under attack from the Trisolarans, the inhabitants of a system with three suns located four light years from Earth. But as soon as I began The Three-Body Problem I knew that my fears were ungrounded. Some enormous ideas, philosophical and scientific, are explained in the most magical of ways, in the first book using an extraordinary online game called Three Body. And it is through this game that we’re introduced to the world of the Trisolarans. What we discover made my jaw drop. Incredible.
The way that Earth plans to combat the threat from the Trisolarans is mindboggling, as is the form of that alien assault. Later, and in The Dark Forest, we learn the dangers of making First Contact, or broadcasting our existence, or physical location, out to the universe and this is the Dark Forest theory. It is that which forms the heart of Death’s End, the final novel in the trilogy.
Death’s End flies through the centuries as one young woman Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer, moves through time by hibernating for years at a stretch. She bridges the time between the first discovery of the Trisolaran threat during the Crisis era and the future when humanity searches for a way to survive annihilation, the inevitable outcome of Earth’s conflict with the Trisolarans. We are shown wonders as mankind soars beyond its natural boundaries while Cheng Xin continues to worry away at the greatest problems facing our species. She’s not always a likeable character but the pressures on her shoulders are too great for us to see her in normal terms. It’s difficult to know whether she has been blessed or cursed. I’m sure that she knows which.
This is a beautifully-written novel, made particularly so by the translation of Ken Liu. Ken Liu also translated The Three-Body Problem and I keenly felt his absence in The Dark Forest, which felt more prosaic, less magical. Death’s End is gorgeous to read. I loved the Chinese character of the novel which re-emerges in Death’s End after the comparatively Western The Dark Forest. The ideas are vast and at times very complex but the narrative takes its time to explain much of it in ways I could understand. Not all of it, but most of it. This is at heart a First Contact apocalyptic tale and for me little gets more gripping in fiction than that.
We are presented with the infinite wonder of the universe, a universe in which other life must exist and on remarkable occasion is encountered. The differences are almost unfathomable. There is undoubtedly a bleakness to this vision. The insignificance of Earth is impossible to overstate. But what stands out are a few key humans who in each of the three books are shown to have had an immense influence over life and its development. Cultures are different but they can unite in a common cause. People will not give up and just look at what they can achieve! But for what? And it is that ultimate question which this final book in an astonishing masterpiece of a trilogy seeks to answer.
This is one of those trilogies that I am the richer for reading. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I'm grateful for the review copy.
Narrative flows between different characters, which are constructed quite elaborately.
Liked it because in comparison to hardcore Sci-Fi where the focal point is always the technology, this book focuses on humanity, the characters and the plot.
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