624 pages

English language

Published Sept. 4, 2017 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
978-0-7653-8663-2
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4 stars (34 reviews)

4 editions

reviewed Death's End by Cixin Liu (Remembrance of Earth's Past #3)

Lots of Deus Ex Machina

4 stars

I read this one for completeness, but the series got less good over time, with too much Malthus and just so game theory stories. The later books treat physics like poorly done fantasy magic, where the resolution to the previous dilemma is some new hand waving loosely justified by terminology.

reviewed Death's End by Cixin Liu (Remembrance of Earth's Past #3)

Review of "Death's End" on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I'd call this maybe 2.5 stars.

Oh boy this book did not work for me. I really dug the first book in the series, I found the second disappointing (I think the change in translator was not helpful), and this third book we're back to the original translator and I was left cold for almost the entire book. It's got some great hard scifi ideas and scale that I've never thought of before - but especially in the last third of the book I was starting to skim paragraphs of descriptions that I wasn't interested in; I didn't have the characters to follow to keep me engaged maybe? It seemed like the author wanted to cram in so many different times and locations and situations that we were jerked around from one to another in rapid succession -- we'd be approaching a critical juncture and then, No, nevermind, critical juncture …

reviewed Death's End by Cixin Liu (Remembrance of Earth's Past #3)

Review of "Death's End" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

It's a gigantic trilogy, but so worth the time. Let me entice you, the interested reader of science fiction, with three facts:

1) This is the first major work of Chinese science fiction to reach a mass American audience, and the first book won the Hugo.
2) It contains a terrifying, but plausible, answer to Fermi's Paradox.
3) Despite this, it can also be read as an extended metaphor and exhortation to hope, kindness and love in the face of global catastrophe.

The story is gripping, the perspective is unique, and the reach impressive. I'm glad I made room for it on my shelf.

reviewed Death's End by Cixin Liu (Remembrance of Earth's Past #3)

Review of "Death's End" on 'Goodreads'

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This one was a bit overwrought, I thought. There was lots of handwringing and very obvious injection of Communist ethos into the writing, which was very interesting to see in the first two but in this one it felt forced and unnecessary. It was also about 30-40% longer than it had to be.

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