I’d watched a few science fiction movies here and there, but my little human brain could only recall a few titles of these sci-fi movies. I could probably watch them all over again and still be amazed at how much content within that I’d forgotten. Reading sci-fi books? Not really, but I’d just begun listening to sci-fi and fantasy books on Audible for two months or so already, and I like this a lot! Just recently, I’d finished the first book of a hardcore sci-fi trilogy written by Cixin Liu. The first book is titled as The Three-Body Problem.
I like how this book is setting up from the very beginning! At the start, you thought the book is about a Chinese revolutionary historical piece, but it is rather a very good set up for what to come. The historical set up is definitely a good foundation to build emotion and space and relations for the behaviors of intricated characters that would expand the sci-fi ideas within this very book. I have to say, if you’re not following the book closely, you could be confused a bit later on, because the hardcore sci-fi information within could be hard to follow. Nonetheless, I don’t think you have to know, like really understand, all the facts and fictions of it all to understand what is going on. In fact, I could follow the book through and through by grasping the basic of the sci-fi ideas from within the book.
I think Cixin Liu is very good in this book in a way that he could provide intricate detail of emotion of various characters so these characters could make sense why they’re behaving in their unique way while the fantastical sci-fi vibe permeates throughout. The first scene pulls me in right away as if I’m there witnessing the chaos of a Chinese revolution. I could see the bullet entered and exited the soft body of a young revolutionary girl who waved the revolutionary flag. The bullet went through the air and the girl fell down. The revolutionary atmosphere was intense and afterward, I wanted more.
Although the sci-fi factor comes into play a bit slow, a good set up of emotion is definitely worth it as it breathes realism into much grander ideas later on. Once the train got going, there is no holding back. At times, I feel like it is rather overwhelming as hard science facts, fiction or not, starting to hit me left and right. Nonetheless, I feel like I want more. That is the beauty of this! You know something is good when you want more of the hard stuff!
Anyway, I just finished book one, and now I’m so ready for book two and three. The Three-Body Problem got many good reviews, and I’ve read somewhere online that somebody is trying to get a TV show going based on this book. If you like sci-fi, I recommend you listen to this book on Audible. If you like reading more than listening to someone reading to you, then you may want to get this on Kindle or on a hardcover.