Hi, blog friends.
(Per usual for reviews of sequels, I’ll try to keep the spoilers for book one to a minimum.)
The Dark Forest starts out a bit slow, but that’s really the only negative thing I have to say about this book. Once I got past the first 50 pages – which were beautifully written, mind you – I couldn’t put it down.
Most of the events in book two take place 200 years after the first book in the trilogy, and goodness, Cixin Liu has quite the imagination. It was fun to read his thoughts on where humans and Earth might be some day given certain events and certain limitations due to those events – see, I’m trying really hard to not spoil Three-Body. Just go read it.
In The Dark Forest, we get to see a few of the characters from Three-Body – some of my favorites in fact. Liu uses these characters to explore so many different aspects of human nature. He puts them into situations that push, pull, and strain them, and what he comes up with is amazing.
The whole idea of the Wallfacer Project is highly intriguing, and Liu uses it (plus the Wallbreakers, of course) to take the reader on a while ride through psychological manipulation and ethical dilemmas.
This book is sprawling and immense; it’s epic science fiction, with the scope of epic fantasy and the fascination of hard SF.
If you haven’t read The Three-Body Problem, go do that so you can read The Dark Forest. And from what I’ve heard, Death’s End is quite the conclusion to this awesome series.
Summer Reading 2017 is coming to a close, but here are the reviews you can be looking forward to in the next two weeks:
- The Stone Sky by N.K Jemisin
- Hunger by Roxane Gay
- The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
- Death’s End by Cixin Liu