This was the final book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy that began with The Three-Body Problem. Reading the trilogy was an interesting and mostly fun experience.
The story didn’t at all go where I had expected based on the end of the second book. I think, if I’d let things simmer in my head for a day or two before jumping into the third book, my natural “yeah, but what happens when…” thoughts would surely have led me to guess one of the main catalytic events and better predict some aspects of the story. I’m glad I didn’t let it sit, though. It was more fun to just stay on the ride and let the rollercoaster jostle me around and surprise me.
For me, this book was the fastest-paced out of the three and it had some of the coolest ideas to read about. One thing that contributed to its faster pace was the beginning. The first two books took a few pages to hook my attention, but this one sucked me in immediately because it confused me. The story itself made sense but, at first, I had absolutely no idea how it related to the trilogy. Trying to guess how it would all tie in kept me fully engaged. There were a few slow spots here and there in the middle but, for the most part, the various twists and turns in the story held my interest well.
I would caution that this trilogy doesn’t wrap everything up with a neat bow and a happily-ever-after ending. In a story where I become really invested in the characters, this kind of an ending would be more bothersome to me. This story, on the other hand, is much more about the ideas and the plot. Because of that, I was content with the ending and thought it was very interesting. I’m glad this series was translated to English and that I had the opportunity to enjoy it.