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Publisher's Summary

The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection.

Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

©2008 Cixin Liu (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A milestone in Chinese science fiction." ( New York Times)
"The best kind of science fiction." (Kim Stanley Robinson)

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great plot, consistently good

consistently good plot intelligent and creative. culturally interesting. recommend the series book one and two. Book three restricted in audible Australia due to copyright laws.

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A great second book

A fantastic extension to the Three Body Problem. An brilliantly constructed story. Can wait to start for final in the series.

The narrator is even growing on me.

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fascinating story, but some cliched story fails

loved many aspects of this, but flying cars in an underground City wasn't one of them. neither was the sending the entire earth fleet to one tiny probe.

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Love this book

If you could sum up The Dark Forest in three words, what would they be?

Amazing sci-fi world that will surprise you every page

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luo Ji - because he had the most different vision.

Have you listened to any of Bruno Roubicek’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Love his voice.

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Sweeping near-future Sci- Fi

Epic in scope and richly developed characters add to a swashbucklingly believable sci-fi plot that had me binging to finish.

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  • Kai
  • 21-01-2017

Even better than the first book

This book is the pinnacle of hard sci-fi. The ideas are revolutionary, the creation is unique, and Bruno Roubicek is a fantastic narrator, well suited to the novel.

Read it if you liked The Three Body Problem. I look forward to listening to the third book.

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Great story!

Excellent sci fi storyline ... great attention to detail.

I look forward to the 3rd book when it's released in audible.

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  • mst
  • 06-01-2021

best hard scifi book series in ages

best hard scifi book series in ages. had more trouble tracking Chinese names in audio than when reading since I'm not familiar with them. loved it though!

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A bit difficult but kinda awesome

First quarter was tough, complex, but it set up for a a fascinating, almost inconceivable plot.

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One of the best books I have ever listened to!

Thank you Cixin Liu for this master piece! I enjoyed the book at so many levels: science, philosophy, creativity and humanity!

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  • Æ Mann
  • 20-11-2017

A gem

This is the kind of book you always hope for when you open up that first page. This was the book I never knew I needed. A classic outside of the western culture bubble where I usually find my reading material. I was so glad that I had the opportunity to read this. This was a rarity. Exceptionally clever, thrilling, a single book exploding with enough ideas and ambition to rival even the longest fantasy series out there.

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  • vlo
  • 10-02-2017

Forces you to reflect

A great piece of work that forces you to reflect about humanity, science, space and all of it.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 09-09-2020

Even better than the Three Body Problem

Absolutely captivating and brilliant. Every chapter builds upon the promise of a fantastic conclusion. And it keeps delivering on these promises in incredibly clever ways.

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  • Eddy Bulgore
  • 09-09-2020

Way better than Book 1

Incomparably better than Three Body. There's action, there's intrigue, plenty of fun things happening. And there is an ending.

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  • Roman
  • 18-08-2020

Disappointing sequel

After an amazing "Three Body Problem", I was a big fan of Cixin Liu. But this book has a tediously drawn out story with a completely unconvincing end. And I wish science fiction writers left out pseudo philosophical notions on Love in their works.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2019

Intriguing

I will never look at the stars the same way again. Very detailed story indeed.

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  • Evan Lum
  • 05-11-2019

Truly Fantastic!

listen to it. read it. the scope only grows with each passing chapter. An amazing book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-2019

It's not bad

A bit unrealistic within the constraints set up, a little inconsistent, but mostly enjoyable. The author seems to aim for a somewhat sociorealistic feel, which somewhat falls apart with characters that can be a bit flat. There's a bit of zeerust to the novel too, even if you obey the premise setup in the first novel, but that's somewhat to be expected. Depending on how much sci-fi you've read, you might find this much more enjoyable than I did.

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  • Florian H.
  • 15-06-2019

What am amazing story... great narrator too

Some parts of the early chapters felt long and not that interesting but overall it was simply a really amazing experience to have this entire reading. So thankful for to Liu Cixin the book and can just absolutely recommend. Narratornis also great.

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  • Andrey
  • 09-04-2019

Great story and a lot of deep thoughts

I really enjoyed this second part of the trilogy, it is continuing to keep me captivated and the author's view of the universe is very thoughtful and unorthodox. The narrator's performance is quite good, too.

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  • Daniel Suss
  • 01-05-2018

Cold, emotionless SF is an international problem

enjoyable despite being a bit inhuman. hopefully the last one in the series will warm up.

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  • S. Pace
  • 11-09-2020

Science, drama and philosophy artfully combined.

I really enjoyed this book and and especially its philosophical leanings. I am knocking off 1 star because there was an incredibly clumsy set up for a key twist. thankfully the book continued to give more what you would expect from Cixin Liu. thought provoking with a real sense of veracity in the science. I am looking forward to the third part.

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  • Mirzhan Irkegulov
  • 30-08-2017

Very smart and consistently unpredictable

This is what science fiction should be. I loved every chapter of it. Marvellous improvement over the previous book, which was already great. The characters are much more well-written, the plot constantly keeps you on the edge, the scale progressively gets more enormous.

The narration is top-notch. Would absolutely recommend.

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  • MR A CARLIN
  • 08-01-2018

Where is the third book in this trilogy?

I really enjoyed this and the three body problem. However I can't find the third book on audible which is very frustrating. What's the issue audible? I wouldn't have bothered getting these books if I knew I couldn't listen to the whole trilogy.

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  • D
  • 31-10-2017

Where's the sequel Audible UK?

A superb story exceptionally read by Bruno Rubicek but where is Book 3? I need the finale!!

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  • Wras
  • 09-08-2019

Three incredible books.

This is a trilogy that will change you, it is full of ideas and characters that will enter your life and take you places and to events that are wonderful and unexpected, do not worry about your time investment it is worth a thousand times that and you will feel it. Best read this year.

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  • James
  • 29-04-2017

long winded but just about enjoyable

took a while to get used to the new narrator, but he did a better job all told. pretty heavy going for me, but had to see where the story led.

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  • Zotric
  • 21-01-2021

A tale full of wonder

One of the most captivating stories I've come across in 67 years. The narrator's style perfectly matched the strangeness of the narrative. The series lays bare the cold truth of life in the state of nature. And the contingency of much human feelings. As well as its constanvy. I'd better not say more.

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  • Mark wells
  • 20-01-2021

Complex and yet seemingly plausible

An amazing sequel to the first and I felt far exceeds it. The depth and complexity of the concepts makes me feel smarted from having listen to it but also seem so plausible within scientific understanding.

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  • dean strachan
  • 17-01-2021

Very good! Very technical

I love this book. I think the only thing I can say to criticise it is the overwhelming scientific knowledge it posseses but that's my issue over the authors, I will say that the book was entertaining and I also learned along the way. Great stuff!

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