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
Score: 4.5
From 1,613 Ratings


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
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The Dark Forest
Death's End

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  • Super intriguing concepts

    By Jonah Corvus
    I really enjoyed this. It’s a little bit strange in the way it tells the story but it all works out and is better for it I think.
  • Good concept, great execution

    By TIinPA
    I have to say I was a bit concerned given the depths of Chinese history I wasn’t as familiar with but the translation notes made it all a breeze. Great read.
  • Good but overly scientific at times

    By ben010101001
    Great book, would recommend. The only issue I had was the overly complex physics that the author goes into great detail about. If you are interested in the physics at all then you’ll love this book, I was not so it started to drag at times. Still a fantastic book, amazing premise, and great plot. 8/10 would recommend
  • Lot of hype, but missed the mark for me

    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.

    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

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

    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

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

    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

    By Brosfene
    The absolute most horrifying three books I have ever read.