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Set in the universe of the New York Times best-selling Three-Body Problem trilogy, The Redemption of Time continues Cixin Liu’s multi-award-winning science fiction saga. This original story by Baoshu - published with Liu’s support - envisions the aftermath of the conflict between humanity and the extraterrestrial Trisolarans.  

In the midst of an interstellar war, Yun Tianming found himself on the front lines. Riddled with cancer, he chose to end his life, only to find himself flash frozen and launched into space where the Trisolaran First Fleet awaited. Captured and tortured beyond endurance for decades, Yun eventually succumbed to helping the aliens subjugate humanity in order to save Earth from complete destruction.  

Granted a healthy clone body by the Trisolarans, Yun has spent his very long life in exile as a traitor to the human race. Nearing the end of his existence at last, he suddenly receives another reprieve - and another regeneration. A consciousness calling itself The Spirit has recruited him to wage battle against an entity that threatens the existence of the entire universe. But Yun refuses to be a pawn again and makes his own plans to save humanity’s future....

©2011, 2016 Text Copyright by Baoshu (宝树); English translation copyright by China Educational Publications Import & Export Corp., Ltd. (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Absolutely astonoshing

I was feeling anxious about this book, as I'm completely in love with the rest of the series, but this masterpiece lives up to the legend in full.

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Meh

Meh, ok book if you have nothing else to read. 2.5/5. Set in the context of the "Three body problem" trilogy. Can't say it is worth your time though.

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  • A.
  • 19-07-19

This is a tough one.

The author clearly states that this is a work of fan fiction. At its best, it is close to the most out there parts towards the end of Death's End. At its worst, it is, well, fan fiction. I am just not sure that this book is entirely necessary, and that is coming from someone who rates the original trilogy very highly. Read/listen at your own risk.

Speaking of listening, P. J. Ochlan is still great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-19

You can tell it's fan fiction

One of my biggest issues with Death's End was how quickly it rushed through events, leaving a lot frustrating gaps, so when I heard of this book I was willing to go to fan fiction to fill in those gaps. The results here are mixed. It starts off strong, the earliest portion details Yun Tianming's time aboard to Trisolaran fleet before his meeting with Cheng Xin in the broadcast era. In my opinion that should've been in Death's End in the first place, but the version described here is still quite good and wouldn't have felt out of place in that book. After a baffling and totally unnecessary "revelation" about Ai AA's past (probably the most "faniction-y" part of the whole book), it dives headfirst into an entirely new plotline where Tianming is drafted into a war between beings from the original ten dimensional universe, which is interesting in theory but complicated and somewhat technical in a way that isn't very well suited to the author's style (notably, basically the entire novel consists of characters standing around doing nothing but talking to each other). If you liked the pure sci-fi elements of the original trilogy then you might like it, but it has a couple of major problems. First, a very large part (about two continuous hours in audiobook form) is told from the perspective of an alien race and written entirely from their idiosyncratic point of view, it's a nice idea in theory but listening to it for two hours straight can get a little confusing/irritating. Second, it involves an insanely large time jump that makes the hibernation periods from Death's End look like nothing. I don't want to spoil things for people but it's seriously ridiculous, and the author's attempts to neatly tie everything together at the end are just hokey and eyeroll inducing. The ultimate fate of the Trisolarans described in this book is also quite strange and, in my opinion, runs completely counter to the spirit of the trilogy, it actually made me kind of angry.

I do like the idea of having "official" fan fiction to fill in gaps from the original trilogy, the one part of The Redemption of Time that concerned itself with that was great and I wish it had just been that. Maybe more fan works like this could be published later. Ultimately for fans of the original trilogy that want more, I think I'd probably have to recommend Ball Lightning over this, but if you've already read that too then this at least has a good first third or so. But I would never in ten billion years want to consider it part of the canon story

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  • Vladimir
  • 02-10-19

I didn't like it or the fact that I read it

The author just added sci fi stuff to parts of the original story that were left purposely ambivalent. Where the original trilogy dealt with difficult and convoluted themes such as humanity, terror, crisis, and personal as well as societal growth, all while using actual laws of physics as a framework for the literary universe, Redemption of Time, just seemed to have "cool sci fi stuff"™ for no reason other than it seemed cool. Alone, this might have been a fun short story to read, but when compared to the magnificence and depth of the original trilogy, there is almost no comparison. I was expecting a lot more from it, from the praises it was getting.

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  • Patrick Mulchman
  • 01-10-20

Vapid, pretentious, and overly religious

If you wanted more about 3 of the worst characters in the original trilogy - Yun Tianming (云天明) , Ai AA (艾AA), and the most egregious of them all the pathetic sword holder Cheng Xin (程心) - then you'll definitely get that.
If you wanted way too much boring conversation and no action then you'll also get that.
And if you love being preached to in your sci-fi books then that's here as well.
And lastly, if you wanted Singer absolutely ruined and tarnished and whatever you had pictured in your mind for a Trisolaran then I'm happy to tell you that that's here as well.

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  • Danny K
  • 13-09-19

If you want a neat little bow tied around it.

If you finished Death's End and were wishing that every single loose thread from the trilogy could get some type of explanation, then this is the story for you. I enjoyed revisiting the Three Body Problem world for the first hour or so of this, but the need to explain EVERYTHING never lets you forget this is a work of fan fiction and it becomes harder and harder to take seriously. After a major shift for the second half of the book, things completely fall apart and I can honestly say the ending is perhaps the most groan inducing one I've ever read.

Overall I'm still giving this three stars because even though it was disappointing, I was happy to at least revisit the Three Body world in some capacity, and since I wasn't expecting much from this fan fiction going in I wasn't too disappointed. Ken Liu once again gives a solid if not spectacular performance, and even though Baoshu faltered on the story, his love for the universe it inhabits is evident.

If you NEED more Three Body despite some major flaws, give this a go. Otherwise pass.

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  • Hsilia
  • 10-09-19

non-hard science fan fiction

This is fanfiction, which while not bad in itself greatly diverges from the tone of voice and hard science style of the original trilogy. To me, it did not fit the original at all and it seemed as though no attempt was made to do so. Would have liked it better in a standalone, unrelated universe.

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  • kaine
  • 07-04-20

Soft Sci-fi

It's a soft sci-fi fan-fic. Keep your expectations low. It's kind of disappointing because the original books are absolutely amazing.

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  • Brendon
  • 02-03-20

Incredible

I loved the series so when I saw this book I figured I'd listen to it. But wow. It blew me out of the water. I would recommend anyone who isn't sure wether they want to read it since it isn't the original author to go for it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-22

Nothing. F**king. Happens.

This took the only parts of the Three Body Series that I didn't like, and piled on lots more of the same. No high sci-fi concepts, no intricate plot, just a bunch of sand-bagging with guilt appeasement from every corner, and vague spiritual-esque overtones. This is the ONLY audiobook I have quit halfway through, save yourself some time and skip this one. 👎👎

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  • Oct0rabbit
  • 19-09-21

I really wanted to enjoy it

I loved the Three Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past) trilogy and felt a yearning to return as soon as I finished the series, however I simply couldn't get into this fan-fiction. The characters actions and motivations just seem so different from the main series and some of the plot points are so changed from the main canon in ways that just left an odd taste in my mouth. I really really want to enjoy this book and I thought I would after the first couple chapters but it takes such a bizarre turn that I simply couldn't.

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