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The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection.

Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

©2008 Cixin Liu (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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"A milestone in Chinese science fiction." ( New York Times)
"The best kind of science fiction." (Kim Stanley Robinson)

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Cold, emotionless SF is an international problem

enjoyable despite being a bit inhuman. hopefully the last one in the series will warm up.

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Science, drama and philosophy artfully combined.

I really enjoyed this book and and especially its philosophical leanings. I am knocking off 1 star because there was an incredibly clumsy set up for a key twist. thankfully the book continued to give more what you would expect from Cixin Liu. thought provoking with a real sense of veracity in the science. I am looking forward to the third part.

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Very smart and consistently unpredictable

This is what science fiction should be. I loved every chapter of it. Marvellous improvement over the previous book, which was already great. The characters are much more well-written, the plot constantly keeps you on the edge, the scale progressively gets more enormous.

The narration is top-notch. Would absolutely recommend.

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Where is the third book in this trilogy?

I really enjoyed this and the three body problem. However I can't find the third book on audible which is very frustrating. What's the issue audible? I wouldn't have bothered getting these books if I knew I couldn't listen to the whole trilogy.

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  • 31-10-17

Where's the sequel Audible UK?

A superb story exceptionally read by Bruno Rubicek but where is Book 3? I need the finale!!

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Three incredible books.


This is a trilogy that will change you, it is full of ideas and characters that will enter your life and take you places and to events that are wonderful and unexpected, do not worry about your time investment it is worth a thousand times that and you will feel it.
Best read this year.

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long winded but just about enjoyable

took a while to get used to the new narrator, but he did a better job all told. pretty heavy going for me, but had to see where the story led.

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Good old fashioned sci fi

Good old fashioned sci fi, by which I mean there is more of a focus on big concepts, ideas, the civilisation as a whole, sweeping statements about what has happened etc. The main characters are examined in some detail, but not in the way that makes them the focus of the story as you get in 'The Expanse' series for example. If you like this then great, if not then you won't get on with this book.

It does feel Chinese in the way people think and what's described, and that's another interesting point for a western reader.

Some good ideas here, a lot of points are really well thought through and there is often a logical progression through the story, which helps with immersion. I can't help thinking some bits don't really make sense - the trisolaran's technological advancement and technologies they have demonstrated make you wonder if they couldn't have done an awful lot more to humanity than they did. Also makes you wonder why they had to wait for humanity to send a signal back in book 1 before going to take over the solar system when they could easily have had probes all over the place etc.

Overall would recommend if you're after some concept heavy sci fi that's a bit different to Western authors you might be familiar with, and don't mind it not being a character focused adventure.

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A tale full of wonder

One of the most captivating stories I've come across in 67 years.
The narrator's style perfectly matched the strangeness of the narrative.
The series lays bare the cold truth of life in the state of nature. And the contingency of much human feelings. As well as its constanvy. I'd better not say more.

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Complex and yet seemingly plausible

An amazing sequel to the first and I felt far exceeds it.
The depth and complexity of the concepts makes me feel smarted from having listen to it but also seem so plausible within scientific understanding.

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  • 20-11-17

A gem

This is the kind of book you always hope for when you open up that first page. This was the book I never knew I needed. A classic outside of the western culture bubble where I usually find my reading material. I was so glad that I had the opportunity to read this. This was a rarity. Exceptionally clever, thrilling, a single book exploding with enough ideas and ambition to rival even the longest fantasy series out there.

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  • vlo
  • 10-02-17

Forces you to reflect

A great piece of work that forces you to reflect about humanity, science, space and all of it.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 09-09-20

Even better than the Three Body Problem

Absolutely captivating and brilliant. Every chapter builds upon the promise of a fantastic conclusion. And it keeps delivering on these promises in incredibly clever ways.

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  • Eddy Bulgore
  • 09-09-20

Way better than Book 1

Incomparably better than Three Body. There's action, there's intrigue, plenty of fun things happening. And there is an ending.

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  • Roman
  • 18-08-20

Disappointing sequel

After an amazing "Three Body Problem", I was a big fan of Cixin Liu. But this book has a tediously drawn out story with a completely unconvincing end. And I wish science fiction writers left out pseudo philosophical notions on Love in their works.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

Intriguing

I will never look at the stars the same way again. Very detailed story indeed.

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  • Evan Lum
  • 05-11-19

Truly Fantastic!

listen to it. read it. the scope only grows with each passing chapter. An amazing book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-19

It's not bad

A bit unrealistic within the constraints set up, a little inconsistent, but mostly enjoyable. The author seems to aim for a somewhat sociorealistic feel, which somewhat falls apart with characters that can be a bit flat. There's a bit of zeerust to the novel too, even if you obey the premise setup in the first novel, but that's somewhat to be expected.

Depending on how much sci-fi you've read, you might find this much more enjoyable than I did.

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  • Florian H.
  • 15-06-19

What am amazing story... great narrator too

Some parts of the early chapters felt long and not that interesting but overall it was simply a really amazing experience to have this entire reading. So thankful for to Liu Cixin the book and can just absolutely recommend. Narratornis also great.

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  • Andrey
  • 09-04-19

Great story and a lot of deep thoughts

I really enjoyed this second part of the trilogy, it is continuing to keep me captivated and the author's view of the universe is very thoughtful and unorthodox. The narrator's performance is quite good, too.