Tuesday, 20 September 2016

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: The Three Body Problem 3: Death's End - Cixin Liu

Release Date: 20/09/16
Publisher:  Head of Zeus


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 and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations can co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But peace has also made humanity complacent.

Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the 21st century, awakens from hiber­nation in this new age. She brings knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the start of the Trisolar Crisis, and her presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?


The conclusion to Liu's Three Body Problem Trilogy and one that not only delivers on what has gone before but gives the reader one hell of an explosive end but pulls no punches whatsoever.

The prose is sharp, the pace allows the readers take a breath where required and perhaps best of all the author allows the characters to take the tale to what feels like quite an organic conclusion. Finally throw into the mix a top notch translation that flows smoothly and all round I was a more than happy reader.

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