Book review: The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Hi all!

Today’s review will be about The Three Body Problem (2008), written by Cixin Liu.

ThreeBodyProblemScience fiction at its best. In the Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu manages to incorporate some real credible science into a gripping sci-fi phenomenon. Combining Chinese history (I actually learned a thing or two about the Cultural Revolution, yay!) and a thrilling plot, the book tells the story of one of the most secret military projects of all time. Hidden in their base somewhere in China’s wasteland, Ye Wenjie and her colleagues send signals into space to establish contact with aliens. Question is, however, how the world would react to such a contact and what the scope of the problems arising would be. The story captivated me from the beginning till the end. While shifting through time and through viewpoints of different characters, Cixin Liu keeps curiosity levels way up throughout the course of the book.

Only drawback, as far as I can tell, changing main character halfway through the book doesn’t help the whole bonding process that one would normally go through. Same goes for character development, I don’t have the feeling that these people actually do change over the course of the book or, in that respect, have any emotions. Whether that is due to the fact that most of them are scientists, or that this is part of Chinese culture, I do not know. I do know, however, that besides this little annoyance, the story definitely is worth the five stars I gave it. I cannot wait to read the sequel!

Final rating: ★★★★★

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