The Three-Body Problem (paid link) was amazing.
The hook is great. The story it promises puts a twist on a premise I’ve seen before, but it’s solid.
But underneath that story, unfolding throughout the book, is a story that went nowhere I expected it to, in the best way possible.
Reading it reminded me of watching The Wire (paid link). I came for an excellent cop show, but every season I got so much more. The Wire peels back layers as it goes, and The Three-Body Problem is like a delicious motherfucking layer cake of wonders.
Its Hugo is well-deserved.