The Three-Body Problem
Remembrance of Earth's Past - Book #1
by Cixin Liu
This book starts off almost like a history book, talking about the Cultural Revolution in China, and I struggled to see the sci-fi element in it. But then in Chapter 2 or 3, we meet Wang. He learns that several scientists have committed suicide, and their suicide notes rant and rave about how "physics isn't real." What in the world could that mean?
Once that plot point is introduced, the story grabbed me immediately. It took me two nights of reading to get to that point, but after that, I read the rest of the book in a single afternoon. It introduces some science concepts in a way that are easy to understand, while telling a poignant story of mystery and wonder. The creative vision of the Three Body game how subsequent events tie together kinda blew my mind.
I didn't realize this was the first in a series, but now that I've finished the book, I am immediately picking up the next two. If you like hard sci-fi like Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, then you'll enjoy this one.