The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

The Three-Body Problem

By Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

  • Release Date: 2014-11-11
  • Genre: Science Fiction
The Three-Body Problem book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,442 Ratings)

The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu & Ken Liu Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Soon to be a Netflix Original Series!

An NPR Best Book of the Decade

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel

War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” – Wall Street Journal

The Three-Body Problem
is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo Award-winning phenomenon 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.

The Three-Body Problem Series
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
Death's End

Other Books
Ball Lightning
Supernova Era
To Hold Up The Sky
(forthcoming)

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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User reviews about this book

  • Lot of hype, but missed the mark for me

    2
    By DanJBarn
    Was excited to give it a try having heard and read so much hype hailing it as such a groundbreaking work. Some interesting concepts, but the translation comes out awkward and makes for ponderous reading. The plot is complex (not in a good way) and difficult to follow and the characters are generally quite flat. Some plot elements require a real suspension of disbelief that took me out of the story. I slogged all the way through to the end but am not inclined to read the other two books in the trilogy.
  • Ugh. Swill.

    1
    By Dan Dunn
    Fantasy sure but what a slog through impossible pseudoscientific nonsense. A few good parallels analogies etc but what a chore to read.
  • So out of the box

    5
    By rando person (?)
    Probably my favorite book now
  • The Three-Body Problem

    1
    By glstanley
    Slow paced, a simply stupid premise. I can’t imagine how it won any awards. I got 3/4 through and just didn’t care any more… I put it down.
  • Interesting read

    5
    By kaltechlin35
    The concepts in this book really make you question the universe. Highly recommend this book!
  • Sci Fi Greatness

    5
    By NardoNerd
    Refreshingly original story that is intellectually stimulating and entertaining. The story started slow but eventually was captivating up to the last page.
  • The three body problem

    5
    By Brosfene
    The absolute most horrifying three books I have ever read.
  • Mediocre at best (spoilers in this review)

    2
    By Buzz79
    Other people seem to love this book. I found it to be completely unconvincing. At a certain point I simply wasn’t able to buy the basic premise of the book. The entire plot hinges on there being a very advanced, technological civilization on a planet with a completely chaotic environment. I find it unbelievable that any life could evolve on such a planet much less advanced, intelligent life. So, given the ridiculous premise of the book I am generously giving it two stars - well written but stupid.
  • After reading the book and comments

    4
    By Kureguasu
    This book was in no way intended to appease the small minded. The idea of science fiction is to explore the “what if” not the “it is” and expound upon what may be possible in that realm. As mentioned in the author’s note, we are all cuffed to reality and the laws that govern our existence whether it be political, religious, or physical laws of the universe, but that does not mean that we cannot be free to dance in our chains. Secondly, this story was not meant to challenge only one issue of philosophy, ideology, scientific limitation, or thought, but rather an entire plethora of thought provoking concepts and perspectives can be captured from page to page. If you are looking for a single straight line narrative, it is not found here. Several complex narratives of love, science, science fiction, history, politics, morality, and human philosophy combine together to create a story that otherwise would not stand. I only give it four stars, as times it was a little rough to follow and a little dry, but with a little work, it came to be a very satisfying story.
  • Pretty Good!

    3
    By Chandler Court
    I thought this was a good book, if unworthy of the adulation it has garnered. Like many translated works, I thought the prose was a little stiff. The translation is full of interesting political, historical and linguistic notes. I also found the narrative to be somewhat chaotic, with its huge scope and shifting perspectives. I thought it was ultimately depressing. I didn’t find any character to be heroic or sympathetic. It seems they, and humanity itself, were all just fodder for the more powerful malign forces present in every circumstance. It has lots of great ideas and scientific insights, but I think I will skip books two and three.

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