Why this book?
This book surprised me in many ways. The female point of view is compellingly written, and Liu does a great job of not villainizing her even when she makes morally questionable decisions. This is a character whose qualities, both positive and negative, are a direct result of her environment: China during the Cultural Revolution. As an immigrant myself, I loved reading a non-American-centered tale that not only uses a different setting, but integrates it into the heart of the story to explain how cultural trauma shapes character.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
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1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.
Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang's investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable…