Book Review: The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #2) by Liu Cixin
“It’s part of the plan.”
I struggled through the first hundred pages, thinking it’d be a shame to give up when I liked The Three-Body Problem so well. Slow pace and lots of references to the first book. Yes, I’ve read it, but I’ve slept since then. No clue who many of the players were or why I should care.
“It’s a wonder to be alive. If you don’t understand that, how can you search for anything deeper.”
Finally came into focus midway through. The pace accelerated and Liu swept me away again. Until the last hundred pages, I was still going to give it four stars, but the denouncement was great, if a lot more obvious to us than to the protagonist.
“I can’t see humanity. I can only see individuals.”
Speaking of obvious, once again Liu telegraphs his punches. It’s almost no spoiler to tell you what happens halfway through, but I’m not. Read it for yourself. Once again he explains the involved physics in excruciating detail. Lots of “as you know, Bob” data dumps.
“Thought control is everywhere in modern society.”
Love the references of psychohistory from Asimov’s Continue reading