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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu • science fiction • novel • China

book cover of The Three-Body Problem - science fiction

“The Three-Body Problem” is the first novel of the “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy. A best-seller science fiction reading in its native China and very popular in the US. The book tells the story about Ye, a Chinese astrophysicist who tries to stop a mysterious global catastrophe that may have extraterrestrial origins. It offers a very different sort of plot than the usual space opera or whatever, but what impressed me the most was the obviously critical stance towards speaking about the cultural revolution in China, and thereby it might be an excellent insight into Chinese culture.

On the other hand, characters are a bit dull and none of them is convincing. The entire plot also has its ups and downs. Sometimes I was feeling pulled in, and other times I was looking forward to the next chapters.

If you like world building and big ideas read it, however, I won’t be going on to book 2.

Just a quick remark why I have picked the book up as it does not cover any business related topic. The truth is that the book was on the short least of the best reading recommended by Mark Zuckerberg. I knew it was a science fiction novel but anyway I hoped to relate it somehow to the business context.

The Three-Body Problem
by Cixin Liu

Final rating:

Interesting story
3/5
Complexity of ideas
2/5
Repetitiveness
1/5
Flourish language
3/5
Recommendation
3/5

Book details:

Size: 400 pages
Published: 2014

Links:

Other information and reviews of this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20518872-the-three-body-problem

Other useful links:
Cixin Liu on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Cixin
Remembrance of Earth’s Past series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_of_Earth%27s_Past
Other book about the future of technology and its impact on our daily life: Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

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