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The Three-Body Problem


The inspiration for the Netflix series 3 Body Problem!


Over 1 million copies sold in North America

"A mind-bending epic."--The New York Times - "War of the Worlds for the 21st century."--The Wall Street Journal - "Fascinating."--TIME - "Extraordinary."--The New Yorker - "Wildly imaginative."--Barack Obama - "Provocative."--Slate - "A breakthrough book."--George R. R. Martin - "Impossible to put down."--GQ - "Absolutely mind-unfolding."--NPR - "You should be reading Liu Cixin."--The Washington Post

The Three-Body Problem is the first novel in the groundbreaking, Hugo Award-winning series from China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu.

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 by Cixin Liu
Ball Lightning
Supernova Era
To Hold Up the Sky

The Wandering Earth
A View from the Stars
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416 pages

Average rating: 7.08




Community Reviews

May 09, 2024
8/10 stars
RATING: 1) Technology Explored: 5/5 (Realistic, hard science concepts used and explained in interesting way) 2) World Building: 3.5/5 Set in present day earth (avoiding some aspects so as not reveal spoilers) 3) Philosophy: 4/5 Various views and mindset explored. And conversations between characters shifts the readers perspective impact fully. 4) Characters: 3.5/5 Have depth and distinct personality which backs their worldview and more
Avoiding you
Apr 18, 2024
8/10 stars
Mar 23, 2024
6/10 stars
3.5 stars!

I thought this was a very interesting book - very different from sci-if that I am used to reading. It was definitely much more scientific, with lots of talks about protons and dimensions and physics and such, which was good on one hand because it made everything feel more legit, but also completely lost me during the more long winded explanations.

I really liked the use of the three body problem and the idea of feuding agencies among more
Snoe of Lorien
Mar 15, 2024
6/10 stars
Riders club enjoyed the book, felt the techie talk was a bit much and took away from the read. Interesting discussion about 3 body problem maybe relating to more than just science but politics, culture, and society.
Mar 13, 2024
8/10 stars
Very sci-fi, heavy math talk but they keep it pretty high level. It was brain-numbing at times but still fascinating. I'm going to check out the sequel.

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