Why did I love this book?
I admire how this trilogy, which is wide-ranging and complex, remains accessible while posing original problems and quests for solutions.
Ye Wenjie, an astrophysicist, is recruited into a covert military group searching for extraterrestrial life. Independently, she discovers a new method of sending interstellar messages. One of her messages is responded to by an inhabitant of a dying planet. She ignores the warning not to respond, prompting the aliens to locate Earth and launch an invasion.
The invasion divides humanity into three factions. One group welcomes the threat of the annihilation of the world’s population. A second proposes assisting the invaders in solving the three-body problem which plagues their planet with ‘Chaotic Eras’. A third group advocates helping the invaders in exchange for saving their lives at the expense of the rest of humanity.