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 first book alone, it felt surreal to see how far and grand the scope of the story has become in this book. It's speculatively brilliant and highly imaginative, but most of all, despite how far-fetched all the idea seemed, they actually felt possible too.
“Time is the cruelest force of all.”
This is because with every grand concepts and ideas, Cixin Liu backed them up with intricate scientific theories; I can't help but be amazed every time the story goes into places that I never thought can be explored here. Although less philosophical than The Dark Forest, it's still great to see how well portrayed are humanity's behaviors in the face of extraterrestrial danger and unknown things here.
“Weakness and ignorance are not barriers to survival, but arrogance is.”
When it comes to ideas and concepts, this book and trilogy deserves a perfect score from me. But when it comes to enjoyment, I must admit that similar to The Three-Body Problem, Death's End is not without its flaws. Considering that this trilogy is my first 'hard Sci-Fi' experience, I have no idea if this particular situation applied to every book in the genre or not, but there are several times where the science jargon became extremely dense and info dumpy. These parts were quite a chore for me to go through, sometimes even boring as these made the book felt like a physics and cosmology lesson; I'm talking about one or two long chapter in succession that doesn't have any dialogue or paragraph break at all. I can't help but feel these parts were aimed specifically for scientists and those who are truly well versed with the topics. Also, the characterization of Cheng Xin is so much weaker in comparison to Luo Ji from The Dark Forest. It's not as bad as TTBP, but I guess it can't be helped, Cixin Liu's storytelling has always focused more on the plot and scientific factors rather than strong characterization. The Dark Forest somehow excelled more in characterizations and it's also why I love that book the most out of the trilogy.
Ken Liu once again did a fantastic job with the translations. In terms of translations, I honestly can't decide which one is better between Ken Liu and Joel Martinsen, I feel like both of them did an excellent job translating this trilogy that's full of scientific jargon and theory. I seriously wish I can explain more about all the other aspects that made this book deserve an award, but I must refrain from doing so. It's better for you to experience it yourself, all I can say is that Cixin Liu deserves all the recognition he received. Although the Dark Forest remains my favorite out of the trilogy, Death's End is a great conclusion the series and Remembrance of Earth's Past is a series that every Sci-fi fans must read.
The Three-Body Problem: 3.5/5 Stars
The Dark Forest: 5/5 Stars
Death's End: 4/5 Stars
Remembrance of Earth's Past: 12.5/15 Stars