When I had got "Three body problem" series, I had got Solomon's Gold. That series change the concept of science fiction around the world. Concept of aliens had to change the space planning of NASA. The writer become famous, he deserved that. This book is actually prequel of "Three body problem" series, but anyone can read it standalone.
Just like other books of writer this book start with a very simple beginning of simple people. But with the death of parents in ball lightning Chen's life change abruptly. He dedicated his life on the research of ball lightning. Everything changed with knowledge of ball lightning. But the writer is not any ordinary writer, he did not forget the existence of life over the science.
Just like other book writer change the outlook of life and death in based of quantum physics. Existence of alien, concept of macro electron can blow your mind. I am sure you will enjoy the book thoroughly and end is so amazing that after closing the book you will sit in silence for a long time.
Reasonably "hard SF" and hence an enjoyable read. Cixin Liu has rarely disappointed. Although some of the concepts are a little far out its still coherent enough and it all hangs together to make a good story.