Death's End

(Remembrance of Earth’s Past #03)

eBook, 604 pages

English language

Published Nov. 3, 2016

ISBN:
9780765377104

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4 stars (44 reviews)

Death's End (Chinese: 死神永生, pinyin: Sǐshén yǒngshēng) is a science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. It is the third novel in the trilogy titled Remembrance of Earth's Past, following the Hugo Award-winning novel The Three-Body Problem and its sequel, The Dark Forest. The original Chinese version was published in 2010. Ken Liu translated the English edition in 2016. It was a 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel finalist and winner of 2017 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

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Review of "Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3)" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

An excellent conclusion to one of the best sci-fi trilogies I've read.

The book as a whole was wonderful and I'm so glad I read it, but I do want to mention that as endings go, I felt the ending of the second book more satisfying and conclusive.

Some notes about the ending from my reread (for those who have read the book):



The ending was way more melodramatic than it needed to be, in my opinion. There were a couple easy solutions:

- Presumably AA and Yun Tianming had their own ship (or how did Tianming get there) so couldn't they have flown up to relativistic speeds and gone forward in time to meet the others? I'll admit that timing the deaccelaration would be extremely tricky since they didn't actually know when the others would come out of relativistic speeds, but it could probably be solved with some application …

Review of "Death's end" on Goodreads

5 stars

I suppose I don't read a ton of sci-fi, but this is one of the most satisfying payoffs I have ever read in any genre. This book drags a bit in places because Liu Cixin is incredibly meticulous about tying up loose ends and also feels the need to introduce a trillion new ideas, but it's all interesting and worthwhile. Once again, the dense science is balanced out with some very human, very heart-rending stuff. The whole trilogy is one of the best book series I've ever read. Can't say enough good things.

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

3 stars

Although I found many of the ideas in it fascinating, I found it very difficult to get into this series. It may have been partly due to the author's writing style, or cultural differences - but I think primarily it was because I didn't find the characters (especially the central characters of the second and third books) engaging. The few characters I did find interesting and wanted to know more about, were all side characters who had little impact on the plot. I don't regret reading this trilogy, however, and others may well find it much more engaging than I did.

Review of "Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3)" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I don't think I've ever read a more satisfying speculative fiction series than Remembrance of Earth's Past. Yes, the third installment definitely wanders a bit more than the first two, but the overall impact of reading these three books is something I haven't experienced before. How long do I have to wait before I can read them again?

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

5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as an excellent conclusion to the series. This feels like a book for scientists or people who enjoy science in general. The concepts introduced really make you think about the nature of the universe. The characters really take second place here; I'm sure people will continue to talk about this book for years to come, but when they do they won't necessarily remember the characters. I think I may prefer the second (The Dark Forest) as the best of the series, though.

For my full review, check out my blog: strakul.blogspot.com/2016/10/book-review-deaths-end-by-liu-cixin.html

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