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Death's End

(Remembrance of Earth's Past #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  45,477 ratings  ·  4,406 reviews
Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals w ...more
Hardcover, 604 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by TOR (first published November 2010)
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This is one of those rare mind-blowing novels of such fantastic scope and direction that words just can't do it justice. It's the third book that started with the Hugo-Winning The Three-Body Problem, continued with The Dark Forest. They're all fantastic, but I have to honestly say that I loved this one more than the rest.

We've got the scope of some of Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence* going on here. I'm talking universe-spanning scope, going straight through time like a hot knife through butter
Zofia Strumillo-Sukiennik
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I never write reviews, but I will make an exception for this book:

1) I read the the Three Body Problem and The Dark Forest in June 2016 back to back and was devastated to learn that the final instalment would not be available in English until September.

2) I contemplated learning Mandarin in order to shorten the wait.

3) I contemplated Google translating the Chinese edition.

4) Death's End exceeded my expectations.

5) In the future people will take neuro drugs that will selectively erase memories of
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
One of the best sci-fi series I've ever read.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard Sci-Fi fans
Death's End should've won the 'Best Novel of the year' award at Hugo Award 2017 instead of The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin.

I was scared to start this book because in my opinion, The Dark Forest truly felt like the perfect conclusion to the series. In fact, I still do. However, Cixin Liu outdone himself by showing all his imaginative and brilliant ideas that made the trilogy goes into territories that goes beyond godlike; it made this book a worthy conclusion to the trilogy. Judging from the fir
Michael Finocchiaro
I can hardly heap enough praise onto Cixin Liu's great trilogy and it's incredibly breathless ending, fittingly titled Death's End. The story is so tightly bound to the two previous books and so surprising and astounding and mind-bending that revealing any of the plot here would be a massive spoiler. Rarely have I read a book of such vast scope that was able to maintain a few primary characters and touch upon nearly every field of human knowledge and inquiry: from history to literature to philos ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
I enjoyed this so much more than The Dark Forest. The science and epic ideas on display captured my imagination.

And yet.

The gender dynamics grated on me throughout. Feminity is all about love and motherliness, wut? An autistic male scientist wasn't "a real man" because "he'd never been with a woman"... yeah, kinda hella offensive in two ways, there.

The final 100 pages were depressing as hell. Realistic? Dunno. Showing that humanity isn't the center of the universe and maybe not really that impo
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Em Lost In Books
WOW! What a way to end the series.

This is my very first sci-fi and it has set such a high standards for me in this genre that whatever I will read in sci-fic from now on will be in its shadows.

Like the previous two books, this book also has a different protagonist, Cheng Xin. I was so happy for this female since I was a little disappointed in Dark Forest as it has all the male leads. Cheng Xin is a rocket scientist, awakened from artificial hibernation. She made a plan which would interfere wi
A dismal, often confusing end to a very grim series. There be some spoilers ahead, so be warned.

I was not thrilled with this one, largely because I found the main character incredibly annoying and a bit of a Mary Sue. No matter how badly she fucks up and screws over the human race in the process, nobody ever seems to blame her or wonder why the fate of humanity keeps getting put into the hands of someone with decision-making skills that are this poor. The only one who seems to blame the main cha
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
UPDATE: All spoilers are now hidden.

During those few years I’m using Goodreads, I’ve noticed something curious: the better a book is, the less I know what to write in a review. “Death’s end” illustrates it perfectly – I’m sitting in front of my laptop, wondering what should I write, and all the ideas, all my creativity leads to such vast and in-depth reviews like “Just wow”, “It’s amazing book, nuff said” or “It’s a masterpiece worth ten stars, not just five”.

But I mean it. What started in “Th
Death’s End: Truly epic finale to the THREE-BODY trilogy
Listening to Cixin Liu’s THREE-BODY trilogy reminds me of those graphics on cosmology that illustrate our relative scale in the universe. It starts with the microscopic world of individual atoms and molecules (or even subatomic particles like quarks and neutrinos), expands outward to individual cells, organisms, and larger creatures, then jumps out further t
TS Chan
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Death's End is an incredibly epic conclusion to the insanely imaginative and unpredictable hard science fiction trilogy, Remembrance of Earth's Past.

I've read the first two books of this trilogy more than a year ago. The reason why I did not read Death's End till now was not because I didn't enjoy these books. On the contrary, just on those two alone I was already touting Remembrance of Earth's Past to be one of my favourites. It was due to how well the sequel The Dark Forest seemed to have wrap
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
So here I am, thinking about how to start a review about a book as good as this one. As one of my Goodreads friends says, the better the book, the harder to write a good review of it. This is precisely the case.

So first things first. Quiz time!

a) Do you enjoy scifi at all?

- if No, well. Well. Why are you reading this? :D But don't worry, there's always time to decide you do like it after all.
- if Yes, proceed to question b

b) Have you read The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin?

- if No, proceed to t
Otis Chandler
Mindblowingly good. I haven’t read something so epicly ambitious and good in a long time. They say China is surpassing the rest of the world in lots of areas, you can put them up there in science fiction writers. And the best part was that the series built - you couldn’t imagine book 2 being better than book 1, but it was, and then you couldn’t imagine book 3 topping book 2, but it did.

Death’s End impressively goes deep into so many areas - human history, philosophy, physics, quantum physics, m
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It has been more than two weeks since I finished reading the third book in Cixin Liu's Three Body Trilogy, and it has left me with a lot to process. It would be impossible to cover everything I want to say about this book into one review. Among those things, I recently had a discussion (in my GR review of The Dark Forest - check it out along with the comments if you're interested) about Liu's conservative Marxism, and I won't rehash that here.
This is also a five star review for a novel that I ha
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The conclusion to Cixin Liu's much-vaunted sci-fi trilogy is a profoundly ambitious and deeply flawed work that came as a great let-down after the first two books, The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest. Part of that is probably expectation. The Three-Body Problem was heavily hyped in 2014 and--when it won the Hugo for Best Novel that contentious year--its star grew even brighter as a kind of savior of what had otherwise turned into a nasty, contentious, depressing award season. I loved that ...more
Stevie Kincade
(Audiobook) Death's End is a whopper of a story in size, scope and length (29 hours!). The book is overflowing with ideas and stacked to the upper limit of the 3rd dimension with thoughtful SF concepts. This is the first book in the series that didn't suffer from having crappy characters to follow because there is enough going on here that the universe itself can become the main character.

If you haven't started this series, or you read "3 body" the big question is should I read this giant arse
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
In the following review I will try my best to explain just how grand of scale and pure genius this trilogy truly is. Liu Cixin is a master at taking the scientific and technological world we live in today and transcending it through the ages. It has a classic feel mixed with new age knowledge and futuristic ideas.

This has been an adventure that took root in the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960's and has traveled through countless eras, centuries, and millennia. Characters have come and g
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Death is the only lighthouse that is always lit. No matter where you sail, ultimately, you must turn toward it. Everything fades in the world, but Death endures.”

How the hell do you even review a book like this???? It's mind-bogglingly mind-blowing!​ This is my favourite book of the Remembrance of the Earth's Past trilogy and the only thing I don't like about it is that it's the final one. Wow, what a ride this has been!

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I won't recap the book. If you've read The Three-Body Problem and The
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
Not one of my favorites. It was confusing, dull and jumped back and forth between chapters too much.

I was really excited about reading this book because of all the great reviews on it, but when I actually picked up the book, I could barely read half way through it. The beginning was great and interesting then the next chapter got confusing, then the next and so forth.

I might try re-reading it later but I doubt it :/
Matthew Quann
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans, seasoned readers, power-nerds
A cerebral, mind-expanding trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion in Death's End.

How do you manage to wrap up a sci-fi trilogy whose first two installments featured a Universe-spanning first-contact narrative, a philosophical investigation of humanity’s life post-Earth, and some seriously mind-bending concepts? If you’re Cixin Liu, then you just go bigger.

What’s perhaps most impressive about Liu’s work is that he is able to so accurately convey the unfathomable scale of space in his atypical se
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-e-books
Addictive, grandiose and sweeping in ambition and scope. Like Interstellar on steroids in book form - 4.5 stars rounded up
“No one should live if we all have to die!”

General and some critique
Death's End can not really be read and understood as a stand alone work. I already liked The Dark Forest a lot but this conclusion of the Remembrance of Earth's Past in the end was even more epic and impressive.

Not to say that the writing of Liu Cixin is without fault, there are sentimental statements like:
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review for The Three Body Problem
Review for The Dark Forest

After being disappointed by The Dark Forest I was a bit apprehensive of diving into Death's End, the final installment of the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. Would the characters still be two-dimensional (well some would in this book, but for very different reasons)? Would the story dominate all other aspects of the book that would merely service the story instead of being ends unto themselves? Would I care about anyone in the book?
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously I don't know how to comment on this book. I am probably overly excited right now and still in that dramatical mood, just want to shout WoWwowwow. What a mind the author has! Cixin should have been a theoretical physicist rather than an engineer!

After reading this, now cixin liu has reached a place in my rank as the same as Asimov, Clark and the best of Orson Card. Especially considering I read most of those sci-fi giant books as a teenager, and now cixin still satisfied my grown-up ta

This series is mind blowing. I would rate it six stars if I could! Best Chinese science fiction no doubt.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Cixin Liu is massive in China. After the English publication of his brilliant Three Body Problem trilogy he deserves to be massive everywhere else.

Death's End - the final book in the trilogy - is grand, universe-spanning SF of the most mind-expanding style. Liu throws around mind-blowing physics ideas like characters in potboiler fantasy novels chuck magic spells, and each one is a crystal ball's view into a world of scientific wonder. This book genuinely makes me want to study physics, just so
Tudor Ciocarlie
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-my-best-of
It is very hard to find a more mind-blowing book than this one. Death's End builds and builds and builds until it becomes an explosion of ideas, of space traveled, of time past in a very Stapledonian style. But, bare in mind that the main story line that begins in the first pages of the first volume ends at about 50% mark and the last 350 pages are in fact, like in The Return of the King, a very long finale. Although it's very hard to judge some aspects of this book without reading much more Chi ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites, series
5 Stars (Masterclass)

Stunning in conception, originality and execution!

I believe Cixin Liu's Death's End is his magnum opus, a perfect end to a fantastic, at times disturbing but always incredibly original series! Everything is amplified in Death's End. Nothing is left for posterity, as Liu dwells deep into the human psyche, the survival of the human species and space exploration.

The Sci-fi concepts on Death's Endare incredible, and often left me in awe of his creativity and mastery of the sub
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 4*
Book 2: 4.5*
Book 3: 5

Perhaps the great compliment I can give a series is: I bet it will be even better on re-read.

I don't re-read often. Even series I loved don't get a re-read because often they're simple and fun. This was complexed and thought provoking. You don't causally read a series such as this. If you do you miss key bits of information and end up lost.

Truly epic in scale and outcome and yet open ended and open to interpretation. Stories within stories where the author never
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: translated, sci-fi
I have to say- I'm super disappointed to be writing another 3 star review for this series and also relieved that it's over. I originally attributed my feelings about The Dark Forest being sort of mediocre to the translator, and while I stand by the conclusion that Ken Liu did it better, I don't think it's entirely Maritnsen's fault.

I don't know if I wish I'd stopped after The Three-Body Problem. It was certainly a lot of time to devote to a trilogy that I felt meh about, but I think I was too i
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