The Three-Body Problem (Hardcover, 2014, Tor Books) 4 stars

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien …

Very interesting premise, but payoff was lackluster

3 stars

I wanted to enjoy this book, and as other reviews stated it did start very strong with an engaging mystery hook; however, the reveal of the mystery was simultaneously disappointing and depressing.

Additionally, I often found that character dialogue seemed stilted and technical concepts were over-explained; however, this might be an artifact of the language difference in translation.

Perhaps due to this issue, I felt that characters interacted with each other in a surreal and unbelievable manner, without much compassion or empathy, and this was compounded by the overwhelming cartoonish menace of the main antagonist.

These factors contributed to an overall feeling of gloom and hopelessness in the story; while I understand this is a cornerstone of the cosmic horror genre, I personally have no interest in continuing the series.