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With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to experience the multiple-award-winning and bestselling Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy by China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. The Three-Body Problem was released to great acclaim including coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and won the Hugo Award fWith The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to experience the multiple-award-winning and bestselling Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy by China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. The Three-Body Problem was released to great acclaim including coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and won the Hugo Award for Best SF Novel (2015). It was also named a finalist for the Nebula Award (2014) making it the first translated novel to be nominated for a major SF award since Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities in 1976. Now this epic trilogy concludes with Death's End. Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?...

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Death's End Reviews

  • Bradley
    2018-11-03 15:58

    This is one of those rare mind-blowing novels of such fantastic scope and direction that words just can't do it justice. It's the third book that started with the Hugo-Winning The Three-Body Problem, continued with The Dark Forest. They're all fantastic, but I have to honestly say that I loved this one more than the rest.We've got the scope of some of Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence* going on here. I'm talking universe-spanning scope, going straight through time like a hot knife through butter and right on out into the expanding reaches of the imagination. The first book dives into the tiniest particles and higher dimensional spaces, the second deals with the apparent macro universe and the ongoing conflict between the Tri-Solarans and Humanity, and the third concludes with some truly and amazingly harrowing experiences, from the end of the stalemate, the near-genocide of humanity, and the grand realization that it's all gone even more wrong.And things only get worse from there.I'm properly flabbergasted by this book. There are enough fantastic ideas crammed in here for ten books, maybe even twenty. And even if it wasn't so idea-rich, from the extrapolated sciences, extremely well-thought-out consequences, and even further extrapolations from there, we even get some of the more interesting characters ever written in SF.My appreciation of The Dark Forest only increases when set beside this one, and although I didn't consider that novel quite worthy of the Hugo as the first novel was, it was an amazing set-up for this last novel's execution. The Dark Forest is an expression of the idea that the universe is an extremely hostile place. Any two alien species that meets is likely going to preemptively wipe out the other or face the reality of being wiped out. Such conflicts at such huge scales and high-technology and physics can be utterly amazing and one-sided, from start explosions to local space conversions between dimensions, such as turning a local three-dimensional plane of existence into a two-dimensional one.Utterly shocking. Utterly amazing.We even get to visit, early on, the tombstones of entire alien civilizations that escaped the Dark Forest by hopping into the fourth dimensional frame from the third dimension, only to discover that the great time-stream is shrinking, a bunch of big fish already having consumed all the small fish, and now the pond of existence is shrinking to almost nothing.Each new discovery or option or hope is explored and dashed. The conflict, the Sword of Damocles, never leaves the tale. The Dark Forest is always evident, and it's depressing and awe-inspiring and a great story and I was honestly in awe of all the new directions it took.I've read a LOT of SF. I've never seen anyone pull this off quite as well as this.He builds on every new idea and makes a universe as frightening as it is amazing, and nothing ever stays the same.And best of all, he leaves humanity as it is. Hopelessly outmatched. Always hopelessly outmatched. No matter what we do, how we advance and improve or build upon inherited technologies from our one-time friends, dark gods, and demons, the Tri-Solarans, there's always a new snag.*shiver*Honestly, there's no way to review this except to tell everyone out there that there's just too many great things to say about it, that it is a monumental undertaking, that it is an endlessly fascinating and impressive corpus of work, and that everyone should avail themselves of this trilogy.It's just that good. I'm in awe.Some things are just heads and shoulders above the rest. Well, perhaps, this one is a whole storey above all the rest, too. :)*Correction ;)

  • Jan Sukiennik
    2018-11-13 09:10

    I never write reviews, but I will make an exception for this book:1) I read the the Three Body Problem and The Dark Forest in June 2016 back to back and was devastated to learn that the final instalment would not be available in English until September.2) I contemplated learning Mandarin in order to shorten the wait.3) I contemplated Google translating the Chinese edition.4) Death's End exceeded my expectations.5) In the future people will take neuro drugs that will selectively erase memories of this trilogy in order to be able to read them again for the first time.Thank you Cixin Liu!!

  • Petrik
    2018-11-19 09:50

    Death's End should've won the 'Best Novel of the year' award at Hugo Award 2017 instead of The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin.I was scared to start this book because in my opinion, The Dark Forest truly felt like the perfect conclusion to the series. In fact, I still do. However, Cixin Liu outdone himself by showing all his imaginative and brilliant ideas that made the trilogy goes into territories that goes beyond godlike; it made this book a worthy conclusion to the trilogy. Judging from the first book alone, it felt surreal to see how far and grand the scope of the story has become in this book. It's speculatively brilliant and highly imaginative, but most of all, despite how far-fetched all the idea seemed, they actually felt possible too. “Time is the cruelest force of all.”This is because with every grand concepts and ideas, Cixin Liu backed them up with intricate scientific theories; I can't help but be amazed every time the story goes into places that I never thought can be explored here. Although less philosophical than The Dark Forest, it's still great to see how well portrayed are humanity's behaviors in the face of extraterrestrial danger and unknown things here.“Weakness and ignorance are not barriers to survival, but arrogance is.”When it comes to ideas and concepts, this book and trilogy deserves a perfect score from me. But when it comes to enjoyment, I must admit that similar to The Three-Body Problem, Death's End is not without its flaws. Considering that this trilogy is my first 'hard Sci-Fi' experience, I have no idea if this particular situation applied to every book in the genre or not, but there are several times where the science jargon became extremely dense and info dumpy. These parts were quite a chore for me to go through, sometimes even boring as these made the book felt like a physics and cosmology lesson; I'm talking about one or two long chapter in succession that doesn't have any dialogue or paragraph break at all. I can't help but feel these parts were aimed specifically for scientists and those who are truly well versed with the topics. Also, the characterization of Cheng Xin is so much weaker in comparison to Luo Ji from The Dark Forest. It's not as bad as TTBP, but I guess it can't be helped, Cixin Liu's storytelling has always focused more on the plot and scientific factors rather than strong characterization. The Dark Forest somehow excelled more in characterizations and it's also why I love that book the most out of the trilogy.Ken Liu once again did a fantastic job with the translations. In terms of translations, I honestly can't decide which one is better between Ken Liu and Joel Martinsen, I feel like both of them did an excellent job translating this trilogy that's full of scientific jargon and theory. I seriously wish I can explain more about all the other aspects that made this book deserve an award, but I must refrain from doing so. It's better for you to experience it yourself, all I can say is that Cixin Liu deserves all the recognition he received. Although the Dark Forest remains my favorite out of the trilogy, Death's End is a great conclusion the series and Remembrance of Earth's Past is a series that every Sci-fi fans must read.Also, this was the last book in my reading challenge of the year, so, here's a glorious cover porn for celebration!Series review:The Three-Body Problem: 3.5/5 StarsThe Dark Forest: 5/5 StarsDeath's End:4/5 StarsRemembrance of Earth's Past: 12.5/15 StarsYou can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2018-10-22 14:14

    I can hardly heap enough praise onto Cixin Liu's great trilogy and it's incredibly breathless ending, fittingly titled Death's End. The story is so tightly bound to the two previous books and so surprising and astounding and mind-bending that revealing any of the plot here would be a massive spoiler. Rarely have I read a book of such vast scope that was able to maintain a few primary characters and touch upon nearly every field of human knowledge and inquiry: from history to literature to philosophy, from nano-science and quantum physics to astrophysics and string theory, from earth sociology to cosmic sociology...and yet, although it gets very,very technical, the author takes pains to explain the concepts in layman's terms and wherever possible provide visual examples. Note that sometimes, the explanation will come a little after a new phenomenon and so one must be patient, but the patience pays off in a major way. I think that this trilogy is perhaps even stronger and more internally consistent than even Asimov's classic Foundation Trilogy and I really could not put any of the books down as I was passionately drawn into the story and surprised time and time again by the originality of the ideas and science fiction aspects but also moved by the characters - especially in the second two volumes. It is sad for me to say goodbye to Sophon and (no spoilers!) at the end because I wanted this marvelous tale to continue. Alas, like all things, Death's End had to end as did a certain character's second guessing of decisions. One could find a lot of reasons to call the series quite cynical, but I found it to be quite positive at the very end - it left me the feeling that our best quality as humans is the capacity for love of others and I could not have dreamed of a better message. 10 stars :-)Still months later, the ideas from this book are present in my mind. It is truly amazing.For parents: definitely a high school or after book with, however, no sex and relatively little violence.

  • Manju
    2018-11-16 15:50

    WOW! What a way to end the series. This is my very first sci-fi and it has set such a high standards for me in this genre that whatever I will read in sci-fic from now on will be in its shadows. Like the previous two books, this book also has a different protagonist, Cheng Xin. I was so happy for this female since I was a little disappointed in Dark Forest as it has all the male leads. Cheng Xin is a rocket scientist, awakened from artificial hibernation. She made a plan which would interfere with the advance of Trisolari's towards earth, ultimately destroying it. There are two other important plot lines but I am not giving away any spoilers, one must read the book to know about them because reading them is so much fun and at the same time it gives a very deep meaning to the web that Liu has weaved.If Three Body Problem tells us about a single civilization's existence in the universe; Dark Forest about how everyone is being hunted, Death's End tells us about the abundance of new Universes, different dimensions, how everyone is scared of being discovered, how physics is being used to destroy others’ existence, and finally how scary it is live under the constant fear of being discovered. It gave me shivers.Mr. Liu has created a world that is beyond imagination in this world. It is complex and but somehow he managed it to simplify in a way that is easy to understand. He has crammed so much information in these 600 pages that it is hard to take it all at once, but you can just put it down and not know how these people survive. This review won’t be complete until I mention the fairy tales that Liu has told us in this book. They are in stark contrast to the heavy sci-fi language of the book. Simple yet captivating, these tales hid a deep meaning to the survival of human race. Take a bow Mr. Liu for so beautifully hiding those messages. Highly recommended.

  • Efka
    2018-11-13 09:53

    UPDATE: All spoilers are now hidden. During those few years I’m using Goodreads, I’ve noticed something curious: the better a book is, the less I know what to write in a review. “Death’s end” illustrates it perfectly – I’m sitting in front of my laptop, wondering what should I write, and all the ideas, all my creativity leads to such vast and in-depth reviews like “Just wow”, “It’s amazing book, nuff said” or “It’s a masterpiece worth ten stars, not just five”. But I mean it. What started in “The Three-Body Problem” as a good, but slightly “below my expectations” book and continued into “The Dark Forest’s” low pace and “still nothing is going on though it’s almost 50% of the book already”, exploded into outstanding and gripping sci-fi, whose grandeur and scale are almost unparalleled. What I liked the most about this book, was Liu Cixin’s ability to constantly challenge me – and constantly win that challenge. More than once I’ve raised my eyebrows and said to myself “well, ok, now THAT is same crappy space mumbo-jumbo, I wonder, how you, my dear Liu Cixin, will write yourself out of this”. Aaaaand he always did. More, he always came up with a perfectly simple and perfectly scientifically viable solution. Lightspeed? Check. Teleportation? Check. Communicating throughout whole galaxy? Check. Also, this book even had some philosophical insights and considerations and, amazingly, they did not seem out of place here. I simply can’t tell you more what’s this book is about, because even some slight plot revelations would most likely lead to huge spoilers, but a few simple facts might do it. So, what’s the fabula of this book? First, we are presented with a couple new characters – the book is written from their points of view. They are Yun Tianming – a sort of a secondary character, and Cheng Xin, the main protagonist of the story. Trisolarans are still coming, though Earth now seems to be in control as Luo Ji’s “Dark Forest” theory, which he came up with in a second book, was confirmed, thus leaving Earth in a position of power regarding the Trisolaris (remember how I said that Liu Cixin always comes up with a perfect scientific solution? Here’s a superb sample of it – “Dark Forest” theory profoundly explains The Fermi Paradox). Events transpire, and suddenly Cheng Xin founds herself in a situation where she is being responsible for the fate of the whole Solar system.Now here’s the moment for a single drop of criticism I was able to think of during the whole book. It might be considered a light spoiler, but I cannot write it otherwise. So, the situation Cheng Xin happened to be in finally occurred, (view spoiler)[and she failed miserably, letting down the whole mankind. (hide spoiler)] That wasn’t a big spoiler, was it? But it’s not my critique yet. What I did not like and thought a bit absurd and over-the-top, was that Liu Cixin created a second chance for her – or, more like it, events transpire and suddenly Cheng Xin finds herself in a situation where she is responsible for the fate of the whole Solar system. AGAIN. Now that’s what I thought of as bullshit. I’m not a big expert on survival of the whole mankind, but a tiny thought can’t get outta my head: if one fails (view spoiler)[the whole humanity and specifically it’s chances of survival (hide spoiler)] once, it’s not very likely that this person would get another chance to do it, no? It’s obvious that Liu Cixin thinks otherwise, but I just can’t agree with him on this issue. That’s it. That’s my whole critique for a 600-page juggernaut of sci-fi. I’m also very happy, that compared to previous two books, Liu’s writing style seems to have improved – there’s no more long, vexing technical specifications and lectures on quantum physics etc., and the pace of story is also heightened a bit, thus removing my main sources of frustration. I’m not quite sure if I can say something more about this book. Odds on that if you’re about to read it, you already know what to expect and in any case no one in a right state of mind starts reading a trilogy from the last book. Personally, I’ve been awed by this book. It’s definitely the best book I’ve read this year, and you should keep in mind that that this year I’ve also read my beloved “The Expanse” series, Silo, “The Millennium” trilogy and “The City of Mirrors” to name just a few. It left a very, very big impression on me and now I can confirm that “Death’s End” huge rating, one of the highest on the whole GR I’ve ever seen (4,57 average out of almost 2000 votes at the moment) is fully deserved and understandable. It is an amazing book, and if you ever been unsure or had doubts about this trilogy, well, don’t be. Amazing. Just amazing. 10 stars. And now I’m feeling something like an existential melancholy…

  • Stuart
    2018-10-27 09:47

    Death’s End: Truly epic finale to the THREE-BODY trilogy NEW INTERVIEW WITH TRANSLATOR KEN LIU: GIVEAWAY OF THREE-BODY TRILOGY AUDIO CD SET!Listening to Cixin Liu’s THREE-BODY trilogy reminds me of those graphics on cosmology that illustrate our relative scale in the universe. It starts with the microscopic world of individual atoms and molecules (or even subatomic particles like quarks and neutrinos), expands outward to individual cells, organisms, and larger creatures, then jumps out further to continents and the planet Earth, zooming back to encompass our solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, and then pulling out further to an endless sea of galaxies that make up our universe. But Liu doesn’t stop there. He’s just gotten started, really. After all, there are more universes out there, and we’ve only mentioned three dimensions so far.The first book, The Three-Body Problem, focused mainly on the Earth and communications with the first alien race encountered by humanity, the Trisolarans. This book featured ‘sophons,’ protons unfolded into two dimensions and then etched with circuitry via mesons, creating super-powerful computers that occupy almost no space in three dimensions, allowing them to spy on human activities and interfere with scientific development.The second book, The Dark Forest, introduced a new phase in Earth-Trisolaran relations, the Crisis Era, in which humanity had 400 years to prepare for an invasion by the Trisolarans after being coldly told “You’re bugs.” Humanity reacted in various ways, with some treating the Trisolarans as vengeful gods or saviors of mankind, or descending into hedonism and despair, but the most important project is the Wallfacer Project, in which the Planetary Defense Council selects four important individuals with the power to formulate different strategies to handle the impending invasion.The catch is that the Trisolarans can monitor every move of humanity, so the only way to defeat them is to use subterfuge, trickery, and misdirection. It’s a very unusual take on the alien invasion theme, and the concept of a Wallfacer is one more familiar to Chinese readers, who recognize it from classic Chinese literature. The final part of the book has a climactic encounter between the human and Trisolaran fleets, and the brilliant stratagem that Luo Ji uses to prevent humanity’s annihilation by the enemy.The third book, Death’s End, begins by detailing the birth of the Staircase project, another response to the Tri-Solaran Crisis. It introduces the main character of the book, Cheng Xin, a highly intelligent young female aerospace engineer. Despite her lack of experience, her innovative ideas about creating propulsion systems that approach light speed gain the attention of her superiors. When the project head demands lighter payloads to launch an individual human envoy toward the approaching Trisolaran fleet, she comes up with an innovation that will require the ultimate sacrifice, and finds the perfect person for the mission.Thanks to Luo Ji’s genius, humanity and the Trisolarans have entered a stalemate known as the Deterrence Era. Luo Ji is the Swordbearer, ready to push a button that will almost certainly lead to the destruction of both Earth and Trisolaris at the hands of unseen but powerful aliens by revealing the locations of Earth and Trisolaris to the galaxy. This is an extension of the Dark Forest concept, which likens the universe to a dark forest filled with different species. Nobody knows if the others are hostile, but if they naively assume they are friendly they will likely be destroyed first, so the only logical response from a game-theory perspective is to strike first and destroy your opponent, whether they appear friendly or hostile. It is an interesting metaphor for the Cold War on a galactic scale, and a pessimistic solution to Fermi’s Paradox.Eventually, when Luo Ji gets too old to remain the Swordbearer, it is decided that Cheng Xin will take over his duties. To reveal the following events would constitute major spoilers, but suffice to say that the Deterrence Era rapidly transitions to the Broadcast Era and then the Bunker Era due to a series of dramatic double-crosses, brinksmanship, and momentous decisions. This portion of Death’s End is very exciting and fast-paced, fulfilling the build-up of the first third of the book.The Bunker Era makes up the bulk of the remaining half of Death’s End. Humanity remains under constant threat of destruction at the hands of unseen, more advanced species, the proverbial “Dark Forest Strike.” So they take refuge behind the larger planets of the solar system, in case a strike targeting the sun destroys it and the surrounding planets. But there are other factions that would prefer a different approach, such as the “Black Domain” strategy of using black holes to slow down the speed of light in the solar system, thereby blocking external strikes but isolating humanity from the rest of the galaxy. There is also the “Curvature-Propulsion” strategy, which seeks to create light-speed capable ships by manipulating the curvature of space. However, those that wish to avoid the attention of other alien species are concerned that light-speed ships will invite a “Dark Forest Strike.” So once again humanity struggles with itself, facing choices that may determine the survival of the species.The final portion of Death’s End has so many mind-boggling set-pieces and events that describing them will certainly ruin your enjoyment of the book. Liu’s descriptions of multi-dimensional space and massive galactic events are incredible and even beautiful at times, as is the translation job done by Ken Liu. Kudos also go to the audiobook narrator P.J. Ochlan, who gives the characters the requisite attention amid the events that threaten to engulf them. The Dark Forest concept takes front and center in the closing movements, as we finally see humanity from the perspective of aliens so advanced that we indeed seem little more than bugs. What those aliens have in store for humanity is stunning, humbling, and deeply tragic.Which brings us to the Galactic Era, as the remnants of humanity learn exactly where they stand in the galactic pecking order (hint: pretty far down, in case you didn’t guess already). The characters theorize what the most advanced alien races are like, and what their plans for the universe are, including multi-dimensional warfare, trying to outlive the heat-death of the universe, creating mini-universes outside of time, and the Big Crunch that awaits all sentient life at the end. It’s mind-expanding and terrifying in its implications.In my interview with Cixin Liu after the publishing of The Dark Forest, he indicated that his favorite SF authors include Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Jules Verne, and their influence can be clearly seen, especially Clarke. He is also deeply influenced by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and the dark tone of much of the THREE-BODY trilogy is certainly dystopian, in a galactic sense, though there are elements of hope in the ending of Death’s End and the story centers on the heroes that valiantly strive to save humanity. The overwhelming impression is not of a cold, uncaring universe, but rather an actively-hostile one in which humanity are indeed bugs scurrying across the floor, hoping to avoid getting stomped on.

  • Jesse
    2018-11-11 14:52

    This book, like the other two books in the series, is very imaginative. There were parts of the book that were interesting and made you think. However, unlike the other two books it doesn't really lead anywhere other than increasingly implausible disasters and poor decision making. Humanity keeps entrusting its fate to one particular woman, and each time she decides she'd rather let everyone die rather than make a tough decision. This is why we don't let the hippies manage the nuclear deterrent. Everyone in their proper sphere and all that. Anyway, she feels bad about it afterwards, and I guess we are supposed to empathize with that. Either way, after the solar system, the human race, and the entire universe is destroyed in one way or another the book tries to end on an ambiguous note. No thanks. At some point the endless stream of disasters just becomes meaningless, and the suffering just seems nihilistic. Only the exercise of increasingly powerful and implausible deus exes seem to have any meaning in a universe where God is definitely dead. None of the sacrifices or adventures of the previous two books seem to have any point. If you are curious read the third book, but otherwise the ending of the second book wrapped up the plot up till then in a pleasing way, so I'd recommend just stopping there.

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    2018-10-28 10:15

    So here I am, thinking about how to start a review about a book as good as this one. As one of my Goodreads friends says, the better the book, the harder to write a good review of it. This is precisely the case.So first things first. Quiz time!a) Do you enjoy scifi at all?- if No, well. Well. Why are you reading this? :D But don't worry, there's always time to decide you do like it after all.- if Yes, proceed to question bb) Have you read The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin?- if No, proceed to the bookstore or library and rectify this mistake- if Yes, proceed to question cc) Have you read The Dark Forest, or better yet, that one AND Death's End?- if No, well, go back to the first answer of question b- if Yes, you are a wonderful person and you just won the test.If you want to find out what winning this test means, and more importantly - read the full review (rainbows and unicorns?), you should go to my blog post here:http://avalinahsbooks.space/liu-cixin...For all the people who have read Death's End, the blog post is compulsory. I will be waiting for your thoughts. Stalking you.

  • Otis Chandler
    2018-11-06 09:10

    Mindblowingly good. I haven’t read something so epicly ambitious and good in a long time. They say China is surpassing the rest of the world in lots of areas, you can put them up there in science fiction writers. And the best part was that the series built - you couldn’t imagine book 2 being better than book 1, but it was, and then you couldn’t imagine book 3 topping book 2, but it did. Death’s End impressively goes deep into so many areas - human history, philosophy, physics, quantum physics, mind bending physics, and more. It even goes into dimensional warfare. I loved this quote:"It’s very possible that every law of physics has been weaponized."I think one of my favorite elements was the 3 stories. The level of metaphor and dual metaphor was so artfully done I’m still impressed thinking about it. Oh - and I really want to go visit He’ershingenmosiken now. I loved how the narrator pronounced that. (view spoiler)[The book was not without it’s flaws - I didn’t love the ending. I mean, you build up a love story across 3 books and hundreds of years, and the characters get so close… and then you do that?!I also didn’t love watching all of Earth and humanity get sucked into a lower dimension - kind of depressing. But cool that some find a way to survive. Elon & JeffB are right - we need to get into space! (hide spoiler)]Note: this was a great article to read as a followup to this book, interviews the author and goes more into China culture: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/...

  • Stevie Kincade
    2018-10-30 16:48

    (Audiobook) Death's End is a whopper of a story in size, scope and length (29 hours!). The book is overflowing with ideas and stacked to the upper limit of the 3rd dimension with thoughtful SF concepts. This is the first book in the series that didn't suffer from having crappy characters to follow because there is enough going on here that the universe itself can become the main character. If you haven't started this series, or you read "3 body" the big question isshould I read this giant arse trilogy? To which I am giving a definitive and resoundingmaybe I thought the 3 body problem was different, flawed but interesting. It is a very well done Audiobook, it clocks in at around 16 hours.I have a very strong dislike towards The Dark Forrest which only grew after reading "Death's End". "The Dark Forrest" could have been a 5 star short story or novella. The concept behind it is brilliant. Instead it was 23 hours of waffling nonsense and ill considered plot holes leading up to a great speech/ concept reveal. My recommendation would be to read a plot summary of "The Dark Forrest" and save yourself 23 hours. Know what Luo Ji's story is, what the Dark Forrest is and that is really all you need to know for Death's End. We spend at least 7 hours on Luo Ji's imaginary girlfriend come to life and in "Death's End"We get 2 sentences about her leaving Luo Ji and she is never mentioned again! Way to payoff that storyline! So this series is a HUGE time commitment. You could read Baxter's entire Xeelee sequence AND another regular sized book in the time it would take to read these 3 (possibly you should). Death's End is pretty damn great though so I will do my best to run down what was good and not so good with it.While I am on the subject of Baxter I HAVE to believe the Xeelee sequence is a huge influence on this series. Possibly it is just a case of "intelligent minds think alike" but there are more parallels between the 2 then could be listed here and seem mere coincidence. Liu's trilogy is more colourful and philosophical, Baxter has better hard science porn and a LOT less problems with plot holes etc. "The Dark Forrest" started so damn slow. Thankfully "Death's End" starts really fast and never lets up (or I would have bailed). "The deterrence era" is the period where Trisloaris and humanity are deadlocked. I loved this section of the book, it was so well thought out. Then the idea on 4 dimensional space and the entities and weapons that go between dimensions - phenomenal. If you live in New York or LA or Beijing you have probably seen or read your home city being blown up in dozens of books and movies. The whole "Australia sequence" was great and having my home city of Sydney be the city wiped off of the Earth was a blast. The way he described it going down with Australia's multicultural but xenophobic attitudes rang sadly true as well.Overall the best thing about the book is the MASSIVE scope and ideas. You have to straight up respect the mind that came up with them. RESPECT Liu!Onto the not-so-good:In this episode of Cixin Liu's bizarre issues with women we have a heroic male character who creepily stalks the object of his desires, never speaking to her but believing she telepathically understands him (she does!). Then we (finally) have a woman rising to the important security office of "Sword holder" and within 30 minutes of her taking over - the aliens wreck shit up because they know she "views life as a fairytale" (I shit you not!). After all Liu's crimes against female characters he practically flops his old fellow out, craps on the lawn, then pimp slaps feminism in "Death's End". Liu sees the maternal, "soft" side as a fatal flaw for humanity although he seems frightened of overt masculinity too. As mentioned above Lui Ji's family (a giant part of the 2nd book) get written off in 2 sentences making their whole arc absolutely useless.There was a very strange section where Chung Shin is befriended by an Aboriginal elder. He didn't quite let her play the didgeridoo or tell her dreamtime stories (taboo for women) but in a completely bizarre scene he told her she was confusing Aboriginals with Maoris, and he then preceded to don Maori face paint and dance the haka. This would be like Chung Shin visiting a Peruvian Shaman, mistaking him for a Mexican after which he says "I'm not Mexican" before donning a sombrero and playing "La Cucaracha".The worst part of the book was midway through where the Trisloarans let a human tell a loooooooooooooooooooooong arse fairytale. Would we let the worst Al Quaeda terrorist tell a 2 hour Afghani traditional faiytale to the Taliban knowing he was probably coding some intelligence within it? Well the Trisolarans did, right after Liu tells the reader that they now understood and practiced subterfuge themselves. Even worse than the logic issue was that the pace was really cracking up until that point. In the audiobook the fairytale is recounted inpainstaking detailfor nearly 2 hours! KILLING the momentum. The narrator decided to voice the fairytale characters in over the top cockney voices which didn't help. The "decoding of the Fairytale" was well done but the story itself was a SLOG. This was bad but compared to the problems in "The Dark Forrest" it was only a speed bump.I've mentioned a few plot points but they are all from quite early in the book. The middle and end take a lot of twists and turns. With 2 hours left I thought there was a pretty decent option for an ending but instead we went through the wringer one last time. I don't know if the ending was AMAZING but it was a solid conclusion to one of the most ambitious BIG IDEA SF's of the year.Narrator PJ Ochlan returns from "The Dark Forrest". He is above average and had a much easier time with considerably less characters to voice in "Death's End". His Aboriginal accent was shite but granted that is a hard one to do. I don't know why he wanted to do the Fairytale voices as "Eric Idle and his cockney friends" but I am quibbling, he is fine. This is not a light read but highly recommended for fans of Hard-SF and Galaxy spanning space opera.

  • Mike
    2018-10-23 14:52

    Review for The Three Body ProblemReview for The Dark ForestAfter being disappointed by The Dark Forest I was a bit apprehensive of diving into Death's End, the final installment of the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. Would the characters still be two-dimensional (well some would in this book, but for very different reasons)? Would the story dominate all other aspects of the book that would merely service the story instead of being ends unto themselves? Would I care about anyone in the book? There were many weak areas that needed to be firmed up for this book to return the quality of The Three Body Problem.Thankfully this book recovered from the stumble that was The Dark Forest. I found the characters, while not stupendous, much improved in terms of depth and complexity. There were actually female characters that were not merely means to the ends of a male character. Cixin actually seemed to put some reasonable effort into developing his characters and the story was much improved for it. We got to see characters we had some emotional connection with and understanding of react to the many advances in human society they encounter over the epochs this book spans. I think having developed characters really enhanced the strongest part of Cixin's writing: his vision of the future.It is here where Cixin really shines, even in The Dark Forest. He just has this great knack for extrapolating how changes in technology and knowledge/awareness of the universe would impact human society, beliefs, and organization. We see vast range of different human responses to the challenges a big scary universe throws at them from tunneling underground on Earth to maintaining a mutually assured destruction stance with the Trisolarians to developing a constellation of city satellites in the shadow of the gas giants. Cixin examines how these changes impacted society and human organization in very creative and inventive ways without coming off as too fantastical. His takes on the far future were really intriguing and well thought out.Also, and maybe this is because we returned to Ken Liu as the translator, the writing just seemed crisper and clearer. The overall reading experience was just better than The Dark Forest. In fact this book had one of my favorite sections from the series. A fairy tale that coded some very important information was both beautifully written, well crafted, and hinted towards very important revelations key to the story.Overall this was a very enjoyable read. I did think the ending was a bit weak and felt rushed but it was a marked improvement over The Dark Forest. and on par with The Three Body Problem While not strong in all areas of writing the big ideas and imaginative realization of the future is enough to make the reading experience quite engaging and enjoyable.

  • Ashwood, 불
    2018-11-09 17:10

    Not one of my favorites. It was confusing, dull and jumped back and forth between chapters too much. I was really excited about reading this book because of all the great reviews on it, but when I actually picked up the book, I could barely read half way through it. The beginning was great and interesting then the next chapter got confusing, then the next and so forth. I might try re-reading it later but I doubt it :/

  • Gary
    2018-11-13 09:15

    It has been more than two weeks since I finished reading the third book in Cixin Liu's Three Body Trilogy, and it has left me with a lot to process. It would be impossible to cover everything I want to say about this book into one review. Among those things, I recently had a discussion (in my GR review of The Dark Forest - check it out along with the comments if you're interested) about Liu's conservative Marxism, and I won't rehash that here.This is also a five star review for a novel that I have some very emphatic philosophical differences with. Liu's views on gender types and gender roles are traditional, to say the least. If you were taken aback (as I was) by the female characters in Three Body Problem and Dark Forest, you will be positively incensed by Death's End. The angelic Cheng Xin - the woman at the center of the novel's events - is alternately put on a pedestal and torn off of it, and constantly patronized and coddled by the male characters. The "feminization" of human values in Death's End always leads to humanity's peril. To be fair though, Liu's depressingly cynical outlook has little use for masculine values either. If the feminine is regressive and fetal, the masculine is belligerent and destructive, and the oscillation of these extremes is the fatal cocktail for the disaster that befalls the human race in Death's End. For Liu, there is no escape from our basic nature, unless... (see discussion of Marxism in my Dark Forest review/comments).The scope of Liu's imagination and the weight of his intellectual enterprise makes my distaste for his philosophical positions palatable. I don't need to agree with you to appreciate you, so long as you can back your shit up. Liu backs his with a universe where time and space itself can be toys or weapons (or both); where you can literally reach through the fourth dimension to interact with yourself in the past; where one can collapse an entire solar system (or universe) into two dimensions as easily as sneezing into a tissue. No other science fiction writer today - not even the greatest of them - is coming close to operating on his level. This is the kind of thing that must be read and discussed by conscientious readers everywhere, and only the highest praise will do.

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    2018-11-09 14:02

    I enjoyed this so much more than The Dark Forest. The science and epic ideas on display captured my imagination. And yet.The gender dynamics grated on me throughout. Feminity is all about love and motherliness, wut? An autistic male scientist wasn't "a real man" because "he'd never been with a woman"... yeah, kinda hella offensive in two ways, there.The final 100 pages were depressing as hell. Realistic? Dunno. Showing that humanity isn't the center of the universe and maybe not really that important? Yup. Still depressing? You betcha.And Cheng Xin. The main character is a woman! And the story just beats her up over and over again. She's smart, but has no agency. She gets nothing DONE. The plot moves along because she FAILS. And at the end of time and the end of the book, she's empty inside and knows it.That's depressing. Every single other important person in this book who really makes a difference, who has strong convictions, who makes the big discoveries and big decisions, is male. But at least Luo Ji wasn't an ass at the end. He was awful in The Dark Forest, and actually tolerable here... well, probably because he's a grandfatherly sage who calls everyone "child".I'm glad I read the whole trilogy. It isn't Western sci fi. It is radically different from most SF these days because this is SF on the ultimate macro scale. Big ideas, big effects, over big time periods. No reflection on small settings or the trickle down effect to the normal everyday life of average people. The people are ants. Humanity as a whole is small, a struggling blip, on the cosmic scale. So, I read it for the ideas, not for the characters. And yet notice all my complaints are about characters? *sigh*

  • Matthew Quann
    2018-10-30 16:01

    A cerebral, mind-expanding trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion in Death's End.How do you manage to wrap up a sci-fi trilogy whose first two installments featured a Universe-spanning first-contact narrative, a philosophical investigation of humanity’s life post-Earth, and some seriously mind-bending concepts? If you’re Cixin Liu, then you just go bigger. What’s perhaps most impressive about Liu’s work is that he is able to so accurately convey the unfathomable scale of space in his atypical sequences. This works largely because Liu presents conflict on a galactic scale and makes the stakes intimately human. My only complain about The Three-Body Problem was that it suffered from weak characterization and was more focused on advancing its heady plot. This issue was resolved by The Dark Forest, which essentially worked as a character study of Luo Ji featuring all of the science-based goodies of the first installment. Death’s End, then, changes up the formula once again with a book that is conceptually heavier than its predecessors, but doesn’t lose sight of its human touchstones. As with the previous two volumes, Death’s End largely follows a new protagonist, Cheng Xin as she is thrust into an unexpected position of power in the Earth-Trisolaran conflict. Liu also makes use of ancillary characters and POV characters who are present only for single chapters. This alternating set of POVs makes for a book that often reads like a thriller where planets are murder victims and physics are the only hope at finding the killers.Speaking of killers, Liu holds nothing back in this final installment of the Remembrance of Earth’s Past and often left me reeling from the insane escalations in conflict. What happens in these 600 pages could easily have filled out two more novels. I thought this worked quite well in that it made me feel like the characters in the novel: constantly on the ropes against an ever-evolving set of opponents. Despite this relentless pace, Death’s End is easily the most challenging and rewarding installment in the trilogy. The hard sci-fi of the first two books is cranked all the way up to 11, making for a steep learning curve. It sometimes felt as if I was just getting a handle on a new concept and Liu would add another layer of complexity. It’s both the joy and frustration of this book that Liu is so intent on describing the universe he’s created from every angle that it can sometimes feel like a nonfiction speculative physics book. Of course, these brief periods of academic writing are mind-bending and lead to some of the most breathtaking imagery I’ve ever read. In that way, Liu works the reader for their reward, making it all the more satisfying when the pieces all fall into place. I could almost feel my mind stretching to accommodate the baffling dimension-altering scenes that occur later in the novel. In this book Liu shows his hand as not only a master of hard sci-fi, but as an imaginative genius.As with the other novels, Death’s End is not going to be for everyone. It is conceptually challenging, it is often exceedingly pessimistic, and unyielding in its style. With that said, I think it would get my vote for favorite sci-fi trilogy for those exact reasons. Death’s End ramps up the tension, pace, and action present in the earlier installments and then brings it all to a satisfying ending. If you’re a sci-fi fan, you owe it to yourself to read this trilogy! The Three-Body Problem ReviewThe Dark Forest Review

  • Blind_guardian
    2018-10-28 08:46

    A dismal, often confusing end to a very grim series. There be some spoilers ahead, so be warned.I was not thrilled with this one, largely because I found the main character incredibly annoying and a bit of a Mary Sue. No matter how badly she fucks up and screws over the human race in the process, nobody ever seems to blame her or wonder why the fate of humanity keeps getting put into the hands of someone with decision-making skills that are this poor. The only one who seems to blame the main character for her long list of failings is the main character herself, and this is treated as simple survivor's guilt or depression when it quite literally is her weakness that nearly results in the genocide of the human race. Twice.Annoyingly enough, the main character seems all but impervious to death, skipping gloomily over the surface of centuries in hybernation, only waking up to screw up some major event after a bunch of admittedly breathtaking scenery porn. Then nobody blames her, she gets made into a madonna figure for no good reason, and so the noble Mary Sue seals herself in cold sleep so that humanity will not worship her. I am not kidding, this actually happens, more than once. Ugh.While some of the glimpses of humanity's future beyond the Solar System are thrilling, the book stubbornly all but ignores the tales of Blue Dream and Gravity except for a few chapters near the front third (probably because the contrast would make the MC's blandness stand out even more). The main character isn't the only frustrating one, as humanity in this story is extremely prone to extremely stupid, irrational and pointless decisions that end up sealing the fate of most of its members. The times that we did succeed get skipped over, because this book just isn't depressing enough. Not saying this isn't realistic enough, but is it necessary that we make the wrong decision EVERY time?Near the end, the author seems to introduce new spots of hope just so he can yank them out from under you before you even fully understand the technobabble behind what you just read. We think we're going to get a big dramatic reunion, then everything goes balls-up just because it can, and suddenly they've missed each other by 18 million years. Fun! By the time the final twist comes through, I've ceased to care about anything involving this stupid universe and its monotonous paean of sorrow and darkness, and just wanted to see the bloody thing end (one way or another). I want to state I did enjoy the first two books, but this conclusion surprised me with how dull, dismal and depressing it is, not to mention how utterly unlikeable the main character was. Given these gaping flaws, three stars is rather generous, but there are enough cool ideas and good descriptions in there that I would feel bad ranking it 2 or below, despite wanting to beat the main character to death with a live salmon. Sadly, I can't really recommend this one, unless you loved Books 1 and 2 and can't stand not knowing how things shake out between Earth and Trisolaris. EDIT: Upon later reflection, this book really doesn't deserve 3 stars. Even 2 is being kinda generous, but since it wasn't all bad, I'll give it that.

  • Ann
    2018-11-08 09:06

    This series is mind blowing. I would rate it six stars if I could! Best Chinese science fiction no doubt.

  • Scott
    2018-10-20 15:06

    Cixin Liu is massive in China. After the English publication of his brilliant Three Body Problem trilogy he deserves to be massive everywhere else.Death's End - the final book in the trilogy - is grand, universe-spanning SF of the most mind-expanding style. Liu throws around mind-blowing physics ideas like characters in potboiler fantasy novels chuck magic spells, and each one is a crystal ball's view into a world of scientific wonder. This book genuinely makes me want to study physics, just so I can enjoy even more fully the stunning concepts Liu bases much of his narrative upon. This is a story of real originality, leading to fascinating and thought-provoking conclusions about the very nature of our universe, and the ways in which it could have been influenced, formed and abused by the presence of intelligent life.Death's End continues on where The Dark Forest left off. Dark forest deterrence - the threat of a broadcast that will reveal the locations of Earth and Trilsolaris to the indiscriminately genocidal forces that lurk in the wider galaxy - keeps humanity and Trisolaris in an uneasy dance of mutually assured destruction. the ongoing deterrence era, as it has become known, has allowed a flowering of Earth technology under the influence of Trisolaran ideas. The Trisolarans themselves seem to have embraced earth culture and are producing movies, art and other cultural products that bear the marks of being inspired by Earth. Luo Ji, the character from the Dark Forest who invented dark forest deterrence, is now the person known as The Swordholder- the human being with final say over the broadcast of the civilization ending message to the galaxy.Into this story comes Cheng Xin, a young physics graduate who is recruited in the earlier crisis era to assist in a desperate attempt to spy on the incoming Trisolaran fleet. We follow Cheng Xin as she leaps through time via hibernation, becoming an important fulcrum on which decisions that could save or end the future of Earth and humanity turn. We follow as she is nominated to be the next Swordholder, the weight of humanity's survival upon her, and as she witnesses her world's ongoing struggle with Trisolaris.There are many surprises here, and I was genuinely blindsided several times by the narrative, so I won't say anything further about what happens other than noting that it's an exciting journey and Liu keeps up both the tension and the flow of the novel.This isn't however, a perfect novel. There are some great ideas in here, and they are sold really well, but towards the end of the book I began to enjoy it a little less.Cheng Xin seems to go from massive calamity to massive calamity, progressively becoming emptier inside as she becomes more responsible for the terrifying fate facing humanity. After the third or so kick in the guts for this character I began to wonder why the author had it in for her, denying her any chance of happiness and by doing so forcing the reader along on her sad ride. At every turn plot resolutions that could bring some light to the story are whipped away, leaving Xin falling into the abyss again and denying the reader resolution of plot arcs that travel all the way through the hundreds of pages of the novel.Furthermore, near the end of the book a shattering calamity occurs (a very interesting calamity), but the description of it goes for pages and pages until it begins to grate, annoyingly delaying the painfully inevitable escape of two of the story's characters. Considering how much of the story was left, it seemed obvious they would escape, and this was the only part of the book where I skimmed a bit to get to the next interesting section.From this point to the book's finale I was less impressed than I had been. Death's End is still more than worth your time - it's a novel of grand scope and fierce intelligence - but overall I was a little disappointed by the ending. I feel Liu got lost in his magnificent imaginings, and forgot that the end of a trilogy might require a bigger emotional payoff for the reader than what felt like the results of a very, very interesting thought experiment. As it stands though, this is still a fabulous novel, a gripping read that (mostly) kept me up late at night, desperate to discover what was going to happen next. SF of this calibre is rare, and Liu's consistently brilliant trilogy is a landmark in the genre, up there with Reynolds' Revelation Space stories and the Hyperion quartet.

  • SaraS
    2018-11-07 11:04

    Seriously I don't know how to comment on this book. I am probably overly excited right now and still in that dramatical mood, just want to shout WoWwowwow. What a mind the author has! Cixin should have been a theoretical physicist rather than an engineer! After reading this, now cixin liu has reached a place in my rank as the same as Asimov, Clark and the best of Orson Card. Especially considering I read most of those sci-fi giant books as a teenager, and now cixin still satisfied my grown-up taste for overly complicated things and blew my mind away. That gotta be a lot harder. The author's writing skill is much better in this book comparing the first two in the trilogy. The first punch hits like 1/3 into the book, and there is an even bigger turn later which will leave you in such a trance state of mind. The book also fills with fresh, imaginary details, some are really abstract yet very believable. The social aspect of the book reminds me Heinlein. Oddly enough, the author also shares the same nationalism inclination as Heinlein, and has a sharp criticism towards democracy. This might be due to the author's Chinese origin. I wonder whether this is the reason why Puppies love him. Well, they will love him even more after this book. Although I don't love the main character, Cheng Xin, I don't hate her either. She is like Daenerys Targaryen trapped in a gloomy hostile situation and there are no dragons this time.

  • Tudor Ciocarlie
    2018-11-17 08:51

    It is very hard to find a more mind-blowing book than this one. Death's End builds and builds and builds until it becomes an explosion of ideas, of space traveled, of time past in a very Stapledonian style. But, bare in mind that the main story line that begins in the first pages of the first volume ends at about 50% mark and the last 350 pages are in fact, like in The Return of the King, a very long finale. Although it's very hard to judge some aspects of this book without reading much more Chinese speculative fiction, I will dare to say that the characters are clearly not the strong point of Cixin Liu writings. But this hardly matters when the ideas are in fact his real characters. And for a reader with an open mind, inhibiting an (scientific) idea can be as a profound and life changing experience as living inside the mind of Rodion Raskolnikov.

  • Steven Grimm
    2018-10-25 14:01

    A fitting finale to the series, and one with an unabashedly epic scope that makes everything that came before seem like small potatoes. The pacing is much faster; unlike the previous two entries, there are no long stretches in which nothing much happens. The characterization is also stronger: the heroine, Cheng Xin, made a lot of choices I didn't agree with, but I at least understood why she made them, and she wasn't blind to the consequences. And I thought the way she was introduced was pretty well-done.But it shares some flaws with the previous two books. It sometimes feels more like a science lecture than a story. There are a lot of huge intuitive leaps and very fortunate coincidences driving the story forward. As the story progressed, I found myself thinking, "Why is this happening to this person in particular instead of someone else?" and there usually wasn't a satisfying answer other than, "Because he/she is one of the main characters." It also has a habit of reading like ruthlessly hard sci-fi except when application of the story's laws of nature would just flat-out kill people who need to live to progress the story, in which case the rules just don't get applied. (view spoiler)[For example, when they are trapped in the slowed-down region toward the end of the story and altered physical constants cause all the ship's computers to stop working, somehow there's no effect whatsoever on the human brain or body. (hide spoiler)]In addition -- and this might be part of the different cultural perspective that makes the series interesting in the first place -- I found the story pretty tough to believe when it started describing the reaction of the human race to certain events. (view spoiler)[Nobody at all tried to escape from Australia, or follow in the footsteps of the crews that successfully escaped the Solar System? Not even after the latter successfully thwarted an alien invasion? Not even after humanity was spread across the entire Solar System with only a tiny token military force to keep order? Not one person in tens of billions thought to ask, "What if the aliens have also thought of the 'hide behind an outer planet' trick?" (hide spoiler)]But I don't want to come down too hard on the book. It's quite an interesting story and is frequently a real page-turner, with unexpected twists right up to the end. And it's such an unprecedented juggernaut in Chinese science fiction, any serious science fiction fan would be remiss to skip this series.

  • Tudor Vlad
    2018-10-29 13:45

    Endings are hard. They’re hard for the reader and they’re even harder for the author. The ending can brake or make a series and in the case of Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past, the last installment in the trilogy cemented the series as my favorite science fiction series.The scale of the story has always been huge, butDeath’s End takes it to inconceivable levels. With the scale of the story going bigger, the number of POV characters gets smaller. This time we only have one POV character, Cheng Xin, with just a few episodic characters that get their own chapters. I welcomed this change, with the story nearing its end having more POV character risked causing it to lose focus. Once again humanity is center stage and forced to face forces and concepts that are almost impossible to comprehend. I kept thinking that I had everything figured out, that I knew where Liu Cixin wanted to go with the story only to see everything fall apart over and over. I am still lost for words, especially after reading the ending which left me in awe and tears. It’s hard to describe the genius of Liu Cixin, I wish I could, but he has changed the way I’m going to look at the night sky forever. The universe won’t ever be the same. “Because the universe is not a fairy tale.”

  • Greg Tymn
    2018-10-26 09:50

    One of the most difficult things about "hard science" SF is that many of the unique, ground-breaking physics ideas have been explored by prior writers, futurists and/or real-world theoretical physicists. Clearly, this trilogy contains echoes and whispers from all three groups. But it also contains a fresh set of physical theories that hold together within the context of the author-built universe. FTL travel and effects, characteristics of dimension changes, and "fundamental physics as a weapon" are only a few.The trilogy was not without it's problems, however. The characters, for the most part, were weakly developed and roughly one-dimensional. The last female protagonist would not be my first choice to carry forward our genotype as she fails to exhibit anything close to the heroic qualities that many of us admire. We might have done better with a lottery. Notwithstanding those deficiencies, the physics hung together extremely well. However, I was promised (by Chinese readers) a resolution of the physics supporting perpendicular vector changes for the "teardrop" in novel 3. It wasn't there. There were other physical phenomena mentioned, then quickly glossed over. I mention this only to let the readers of this review know that, while this was a great novel, it wasn't perfect. It has holes. Whether that is important to you or not, you may judge for yourself.My initial thoughts after reading the book is that it has successfully accomplished what most authors strive for: a change in the readers' perceptions of the external world and a reconsideration of the belief constructs of the readers' inner worlds. I would have to say that Remembrance, is the best hard science fiction trilogy that I've read in the last 30 years from a science perspective, with Book 3 being the best of the lot.

  • Mark Uhlar
    2018-11-14 13:54

    Let me start by getting this part out of the way---this book is the real deal as they say---because after reading it, you will never look up at the night sky the same way again without thinking of some of the cognitively warping ideas delineated in this book. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this novel, and I must confess that the book Gods were indeed kind that day, because this is one fantastic and mind expanding book---the best so far in the series in my humble view. The translation is impeccably done by the fantastic Mr. Liu and the story itself by Mr. Cixin is beyond description, and cliched words like "epic" utterly fail to do it justice. Cixin has a wonderful ability to infuse the different styles of his literary predecessors into something exotically new, combining the old-school philosophical and sociological scifi of Wells and Stapledon, with the hard scifi sensibility of Clarke and Asimov, while simultaneously giving it a judicious dose of the paranoid fevered dreams found in the works of Philip K. Dick, Lovecraft, or Tim Powers. But what will really rock your metaphorical worldview though, is Cixin's beautiful and eerie depictions of alien life in the universe; one could make the argument that philosophically speaking, some of Cixin's speculations on the Fermi Paradox and the raison d'etre behind the unfolding strangeness of the Universe are spot on, and may actually provide theoretical answers to some the reasons why we haven't discovered intelligent life out there in the great beyond.As someone who is also a huge Weird Fiction/Cosmic Horror fan, there are some novel concepts and situations used by Cixin in this book that will send chills down your spine. Not only is it one of the top five best books I have read in 2016, but when also viewed holistically, it is easily one of the best scifi trilogies I have ever read. Rumor has it Ken Liu is also translating a spin off novel about the Three Body series, called "Three Body X", by another Chinese writer named Bao Shu. So I end this review with a warning, after reading the majestic Death's End you will probably want to cryogenically freeze yourself until that release date (of Three X), because you will hate waiting for it in real time, in this new 'Post-Three Body era'..... Just saying.... Oh, and btw, if this isn't nominated for a Hugo or something I would be absolutely SHOCKED. Finally just a small rant (if I may be so bold and pedantic):We as readers need more people like Ken Liu and Jeff/Ann Vandermeer etc., who are willing to sacrifice their time, energy, and money to do these wonderful translation projects. Therefore, go out and buy this book so publishers like Tor, etc, will publish more translations, and we more provincial readers can feel like we are living in an ideal Borgian world of a truly 'Universal Literature'--- a vitally important project in my view as maybe it can form a counterbalance to some of the more contentious rhetoric and debates unfolding within the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror communities; because as Cixin aptly reminds us, once we discover intelligent exterrestrial life, then humanity must face the consequences together, despite all our petty tribal biases. Otherwise our memorial on Pluto will read, "Human, all too human," but if we can transcend our lesser demons then books like Death's End remind us that the real show is only just now getting started.

  • YouKneeK
    2018-11-04 09:13

    This was the final book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy that began with The Three-Body Problem. Reading the trilogy was an interesting and mostly fun experience. The story didn’t at all go where I had expected based on the end of the second book. I think, if I’d let things simmer in my head for a day or two before jumping into the third book, my natural “yeah, but what happens when…” thoughts would surely have led me to guess one of the main catalytic events and better predict some aspects of the story. I’m glad I didn’t let it sit, though. It was more fun to just stay on the ride and let the rollercoaster jostle me around and surprise me.For me, this book was the fastest-paced out of the three and it had some of the coolest ideas to read about. One thing that contributed to its faster pace was the beginning. The first two books took a few pages to hook my attention, but this one sucked me in immediately because it confused me. The story itself made sense but, at first, I had absolutely no idea how it related to the trilogy. Trying to guess how it would all tie in kept me fully engaged. There were a few slow spots here and there in the middle but, for the most part, the various twists and turns in the story held my interest well. I would caution that this trilogy doesn’t wrap everything up with a neat bow and a happily-ever-after ending. In a story where I become really invested in the characters, this kind of an ending would be more bothersome to me. This story, on the other hand, is much more about the ideas and the plot. Because of that, I was content with the ending and thought it was very interesting. I’m glad this series was translated to English and that I had the opportunity to enjoy it.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-10 13:47

    Just wonderful in the literal meaning of the word. Totally sens-a-wunda.This is a significant body of work, and the conclusion does not disappoint.It is at times competely unique. The characterisation is certainly not three-dimensional in the way I am used to in Western writing. And the emphasis on authority/political imperatives is also strange to me. But I did not see this as a flaw, but rather as adding to the sense of "otherness"At other times it appeared to me to be a dizzying mix of Asimov meets Baxter meets Dick (those who have read it will know exactly the section that evoked the 70s hallucinatory echoes for me) meets uncompromising cold harshness meets delicate poetic wistfullness.A masterpiece. Best read of 2016.If it doesn't win a Hugo/Nebula in favour of a trashy superficial YA or cloned fantasy saga it will be a travesty.Read. This. Book.Now.

  • Mark Medina
    2018-11-20 09:56

    Good finishThis has been a really good series throughout, with lots of clever and thought provoking ideas. The story was also intriguing , and made me want to read more. The writing let it down in places, a bit clunky, hence 4*. Can't say too much about the plot, because it would give too much away. Intelligent and different sci-fi, well worth reading.

  • Kate
    2018-11-13 10:11

    This extraordinary trilogy draws to a fitting mind-expanding conclusion. Wow! One of the finest pieces of science fiction I have read in such a long time.

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