The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu.
The premise: All over the world, leaders in various scientific fields are dying under mysterious circumstances. In China, two scientists, Ye Wenjie and Wang Miao, are at the center of a conspiracy that goes beyond human understanding, facing off against an inscrutable alien intelligence that has already displayed the incalculable power, flickering the cosmic background radiation of the universe just to serve a warning. But it may be in a virtual reality game, called Three Body, that the first answers to what is truly at stake might be found.
I am interested, but unsure. The opening, set during the Chinese Communist Revolution, was riveting. Then it meandered somewhat, but the action picked up as soon as Wang Miao gets into the virtual reality game Three Body. He just figured out why the game alternates between Chaotic Era’s where the sun rises and sets without rythmn (freezing or burning the world to death) and Stable Era’s which follow cyclical rules like our own. I can’t wait to find out what happens next 🙂