Book Review: The Three-Body Problem

“In the face of madness, rationality was powerless.”

This book was recommended to me by a co-worker and I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into it. Recently, I’ve been getting back into the science fiction realm, so I thought this was a perfect time for me to finally pick it up. At first, I was pretty nervous because the writing was very dry but the concept was interesting enough for me to keep going. The story begins during the time of a cultural revolution in China and we follow the story of Ye Wenjie, an astrophysicist, as she witnesses her father’s murder. She soon joins the military and dedicates her life to their top-secret research, which leads her to make crucial discoveries that lead to contacting extraterrestrial life.

The story takes a while to kick off, and it’s pretty difficult to even understand what’s going until well over halfway. It doesn’t help that the characters are cold and just plain boring. The characterization was non-existent and everyone felt 2-D. Each character was an extreme intellectual, and everything is explained with physics theories and in-depth scientific explanations. Which is great, if you’re into that sort of thing. If science was never an interesting subject to you, this book could be your worst nightmare. Personally, I found some of it fascinating. It helped hold my attention but sometimes I was just not in the mood to read that sort of thing.

I’d like to talk about how I appreciated the intricacy of the story, and how everything ties together but then I’d be spoiling major plot points. This book is definitely not for everyone, and I almost gave it 3 stars. However, despite the lackluster writing, the concept is intriguing and I finished the book itching to find out what happens next. So, I had to give it that extra star. If you’re a science fiction lover through and through, give this one a go. Stick with it, and I don’t think you’ll regret it. If you’re looking to get into the genre for the first time, this one might completely turn you off, so be warned. But I’m really looking forward to the next book and seeing how the story progresses, I hear each book in the trilogy gets better!

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