Death’s End is the last book in the Three-Body Problem Series by Liu Cixin. Overall, it was an incredible series, and it is a must-read for any science fiction fan. While I thought the first one was pretty good, I realized that was just an appetizer for books 2 and 3.
If I had to rank the series, I would rank it 1. The Dark Forest (the second book), 2. Death’s End (the third book), and 3. The Three Body Problem (the first book). Still, I would say that #1 and #2 are much closer than #2 and #3.
Once again, this book had some parts where it got overly technical and a little bit hard to understand. Yet, also once again, it was a joy to read, and it really makes you wonder how the universe really is (and what role Earth plays in it). While I am not sure if the exact situation that Liu Cixin wrote about in this book is possible, I definitely think there are a lot of points that could apply to our universe. Reading this book really demonstrated to me just how little we know about the rest of the universe (especially the part outside our Solar System). Also, reading this book really gives great perspective about the role humans play.
I cannot give away too many details, as I do not want to spoil the book. Still, I thought the way Liu Cixin blended the worlds of Trisolaris, Earth, and ones that had yet to be discovered was incredibly interesting. It makes me wish that I can live millions, if not billions of years, to see how human’s understanding of extraterrestrial civilizations develops throughout the future.
I believe after reading this book, it will change you think about the world in a significant way (even though it is a science-fiction book, and not a non-fiction book). Like other great authors, I think this is the mastery of Cixin Liu; he is able to impart incredible lessons and thought-provoking material in his books, while also making them so interesting that you have to finish them all the way until the end.
Overall, I cannot recommend this series enough; it is an incredible 3 books, and I would definitely continue reading if there were more books.
Death’s End Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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