The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I started reading the 3 Body Problem as you would any book. That is, wait for the plot to sink in, characters that stands out. Etc. Then I got to Ch6: the Shooter and the farmer and realised I was doing it all wrong.
Cixin Liu is Chinese, from a culture where verbal expressions are not as in-depth as written ones. A Hanzi ‘word’ can literally have a thousand meanings. So to understand the plot, you must clear your head, dive in and allow every paragraph to lead you.
And this is way, things will start falling into place. You learn to understand Ye Wenjie, her trials and what eventually moulds her. Why be the judge of humans?
Then you get attached to Wang Miao who gets pulled in by reasons yet unknown. He is told to infiltrate a game that places people in a virtual world to solve the 3 body problem. A not so easy task, (even for a Nano-scientist) and I will let others think on this. Just look at it this way, how stable and liveable will a planet be if it has three suns?
(view spoiler)[ The plot thickens and the easiest part is that such a planet does exist and logically, ours is more stable. But then again we are quite different, one communicates with thought, regardless of distance-thereby almost eliminating deceit. The other, well that’s us…
It does not end there; Trisolarans can de-hydrate and get stored as scrolls during chaos eras (bad suns) and re-hydrate during stable eras (good suns). Also, out of necessity, a technologically advanced society.
They set their sights on our solar system and just to be sure we don’t have the capacity to defend ourselves, they send multi-dimensional computers that block the advancement of physics. Bam!
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Dan Agbeje was born in Brisbane and followed his parents to Nigeria, where he spent most of his younger days. His first book, My Angel the Devil was published in 2017.