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“The War of the Worlds for the 21st century… packed with a sense of wonder.” – Wall Street Journal
The New York Times bestselling conclusion to a tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China's bestselling and beloved science fiction writer.
With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to read 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 reading list picks by Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg. It was also won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, making it the first translated novel to win a major SF award.
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 twenty-first 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?
The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
To Hold Up The Sky (forthcoming)
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a sweeping drama about how humanity fits into the universe
Death’s End is the final novel in the trilogy, Remembrance of Earth’s Past, written by Cixin Liu in Chinese and translated into English by Ken Liu. This finale starts off by jumping around the Deterrence Era, during which a seemingly easy peace has developed between the Earth and the Trisolarans through the threat of mutually assured annihilation, and back to the Crisis Era. This novel follows the story of Cheng Xin, who is an aerospace engineer from the Crisis Era when the Trisolaran threat first materialized. Cheng Xin awakes from hibernation at a critical time to be a part of a world-changing event. As the novel progresses, she wakes from hibernation over the years at critical junctions make decisions and to bear witness to major events in the changing relationship between the Trisolarans, Earth, and the Universe at large.
As with the first two books, this novel is a sweeping drama about how humanity fits into the universe, which must be full of alien races. One caveat for this novel, like the previous ones in this trilogy, the story is filled with heavy scientific theory and explanation. Unfortunately, I found a really difficult time understanding and visualizing the science driving the story. It’s explained thoroughly, but it can be difficult to pay attention to. However, the action filled parts are thrilling and it takes the reader all over the solar system and even the universe. The theories presented in this novel, and in the series, about the universe and the relationships between different beings are unique and thought-provoking. It is also nice that this novel points back to the first two demonstrating how far the saga and humanity have come. Throughout the actions of Cheng Xin and her interactions with different characters, such as the Trisolarans, her boss, her deputy, Luo Ji, and her long lost and unrealized love, make her so perfectly human and a great focus for the closure of this epic storyline.
The narration by PJ Ochlan was good. There is the issue of how it was difficult to stay focused, but that is likely due to the content. Ochlan did a good job with all the different characters’ voices and have them life and overall I think that he’s an excellent narrator. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel and the entire series to anyone who likes classic science fiction novels full of space science theory and sweeping space drama.
Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.
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