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Review: The Three-Body ProblemThe Three-Body Problem (Three Body #1) by Cixin Liu
Published by Tor on Nov 11, 2014
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: dnf

Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multple-award-winning phenemonenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I don’t read many translated stories, but this sounded like an interesting science fiction alien story. Unfortunately, I don’t think it quite got there. I DNF’d a third of the way in, and hadn’t reached any mention of aliens.

I found this book read more like a science or history textbook than an actual story. There were historical tidbits, complete with footnotes, and an overall dry and unengaged feel. The first few chapters were all background information, and I found myself skimming it as I couldn’t see the importance of it to the story.

Overall, the blurb sounded interesting, but when I found myself completed unengaged a third of the way in, I lost interest quickly. If you like lots of background information to your story, you might fare better than me, but I prefer a more action oriented tone.

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