What are the best space opera books of the 21st century?

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    #1The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)

    The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)

    The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi is a science fiction novel and the second book for his Old Man's War series. This book tells the story of the members of the Colonial Defense Forces and their superhuman abilities.

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    Navya Jindal
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is the exact book that I was looking for. I began the series with little hope of liking it because I am not particularly fond of science fiction novels but I was blown away by the story and the way in which it is written. I really like the superhuman abilities of the colonial defense forces because they are so realistic- particularly in this day and age in which we are beginning to attempt to find a habitable planet for the continuation of our species. "
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    #2The Martian

    The Martian

    Mark Watney is one of the first humans to walk on Mars, but he's also the first person to die there, officially. After a terrible storm that nearly kills him and forces his crew to be evacuated, Mark, a world-wide known biologist, works hard to survive on the surface of the red planet. 

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    Adrián Vega
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Martian is a very cool book that has a very interesting story line and characters. Being a sci fi reader, I thoroughly enjoyed every bit and byte of this book and found Mark's journey to be very memorable. "
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    #3Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch)

    Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch)

    Ancillary Justice, the 1st book in Ann Leckie's series titled Imperial Radch, is a science fiction story about a female soldier named Breq, who is on a quest for vengeance after she lost her place as a judge because of an act of treachery.

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    Grace Ruiz
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Well reviewed with over 4 stars, this can not be a horrible book. Has won many awards in the genre also, as it is the only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award."
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    #4Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse)

    Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse)

    Leviathan Wakes by James S.A Corey is a science fiction novel originally published in 2011. This is the first book in Corey's The Expanse series. It is followed by Caliban's War released in 2012 and five other sequels.

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    Zachary Medina
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Not a bad way to begin my Monday morning by reading something that is worthwhile and I got that with this book. Stumbling across an abandoned ship and finding something that will threaten life as we know it. I call that exiting and worth the read and not to mention this futuristic book has moxie. "
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    #5The Dreaming Void

    The Dreaming Void

    The Dreaming Void is a space opera and science fiction novel written by Peter F. Hamilton. This book was originally published in 2007. It was followed by Judas Unchained in the following year. It is the first book in The Void trilogy.

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    Parakram Sengupta
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a pretty fun book. I enjoyed the characters and story a lot. The way humans have evolved is pretty cool. I kinda felt that it ended abruptly without finishing the story completely though. "
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    #6Cibola Burn (The Expanse)

    Cibola Burn (The Expanse)
    Cibola Burn is a space opera and science fiction novel written by bestselling author James S.A. Corey. This book was originally published in June 2014. It was preceded by Abaddon's Gate and it was followed by Nemesis Games.
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    Joan Kennedy
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I have just recently found the space opera genre and I couldn't be more excited! this is a great book to add to your Sci/fi collection"
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    #7Nemesis Games (The Expanse)

    Nemesis Games (The Expanse)
    Nemesis Games is a space opera and science fiction novel written by bestselling author James S.A. Corey. This book was originally published in June 2015. It was preceded by Cibola Burn and it was followed by Babylon's Ashes.
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    David Garrett
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Having read the other books in the series I both enjoyed Nemesis Games and wanted more out of it. While I like how the author talked about the backstories of a lot of the characters I wish the pacing was better. To much of the book was spent with little happening but overall it was worth it."
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    #8Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)

    Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)

    Pandora's Heart by Peter F. Hamilton is a science fiction novel and the second book to his The Commonwealth Saga. Set in the year 2380, The Intersolar Commonwealth is about to face a great danger that lies ahead of them.

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    Liu Jiang
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Pandora's Star is an excellent followup to The Commonwealth Saga. It portrays the future of earth mixed with aliens and adventure. The plot twists and turns to provide pure excitement as you read through this space opera. As a lover of science fiction, this book is one of the best of it's kind. The story line is so real and drew me right into the book, as if I were one of the characters. "
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    #9The Prefect (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency)

    The Prefect (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency)

    The Prefect is a science fiction and the first book in Prefect Dreyfus Emergency series written by Alastair Reynolds. It is first published in 2007 by Gollancz. 

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    Tiffany Murray
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I found a lot of things to like in The Prefect, but also some flaws. It is a fun, modern space opera novel, but there are some parts of the plot and some areas in the writing which I found subpar. Generally an okay read though."
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    #10The Temporal Void

    The Temporal Void

    The Temporal Void is a space opera and science fiction novel written by Peter F. Hamilton. This book was originally published in September 2008. It was preceded by The Dreaming Void.

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    #11Judas Unchained (Commonwealth Saga)

    Judas Unchained (Commonwealth Saga)

    Judas Unchained is a science fiction novel by Peter F. Hamilton. Set in the 24th century, it tells the story of the Intersolar Commonwealth as mankind wage war against their enemy species. It is the second book in the Commonwealth saga. 

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    Tammy Wheeler
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I had really high hopes for this book but it wound up falling pretty flat. There was nothing particularly clever about the way the plot works, and they wasted a perfectly good conceit by not bothering to do any proper world building."
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    #12Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days

    Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days

    Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days is a science fiction and space opera book written by Alastair Reynolds. This book is set in Revelation Space universe and it is first published in 2003 by Gollancz.

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    Xiang Pan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Diamond Dogs and Turquoise Days do not fail in their attempt to once again suck you into the nothing-short-of-brilliant Revelation Space universe. Both novellas manage to engross the reader quite competently...though, perhaps one of the few minor flaws is that Diamond Dogs manages to accomplish this feat slightly faster than Turquoise Days. Both novellas present the best modern science fiction has to offer; filled with alien vistas, bizarre technologies, and, most importantly of all, rich, deeply drawn characters that make you wish that you could continue their story, continue to know them, long after you have turned the last page."
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    #13The Ninth

    The Ninth

    The Ninth is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Benjamin Schramm. First published in 2014 by Benjamin Schramm, it is the first book in The Ninth series.

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    Albert Gomez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "science fiction at its best, well rounded book with a lead into future stories"
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    #14House of Suns

    House of Suns

    House of Suns is a science fiction and space opera book written by Alastair Reynolds. It is first published in 2008 by Gollancz.

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    Andrea Harrison
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I mean, it's a space opera, but it's by no means the best. It gets rather tired halfway through and there's nothing unique to put it above the rest."
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    #15Galactic North

    Galactic North

    Galactic North is a science fiction and space opera book written by Alastair Reynolds. This book is set in Revelation Space universe and it is first published in 2006 by Gollancz.

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    Matthew Lawson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Good collection of hard sci-fi stories and very heavy. The author has a strong science background and it shows in this book. I was happy to learn this is a part of a series, so I've ordered the rest and am anxiously awaiting their arrival. It knocks the stuffing out of anything which passes for science fiction today."
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    #16Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children)

    Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children)

    Blue Remembered Earth is a science fiction and the first book in Poseidon's Children series written by Alastair Reynolds. It is first published in 2012 by Orion Publishing Group.

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    Cynthia Contreras
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you want drama and space this looks like it's right up your alley. It's got great reviews from other readers and seems to be a good mix of cyberpunk. "
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    #17Hand of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 2)

    Hand of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 2)

    Hand of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 2) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Glynn Stewart. First published in 2015 by Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc., it is the second book in the Starship's Mage book series.

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    Carl Ferguson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I love space opera books so I decided to check this one out. It's part two in a series but pretty good even without reading the first one."
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    #18Onslaught (Rise of the Empire Book 6)

    Onslaught (Rise of the Empire Book 6)

    Onslaught (Rise of the Empire #6) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Ivan Kal. First published in 2016 by Amazon Digital Services LLC, it is the sixth book in the Rise of the Empire book series.

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    Ralph Richards
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Fluid storytelling, an interesting topic and all backed by a great writer! This book is something you need to give a chance to (Along with the others in its line), if you have any interest in this topic at all!"
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    #19Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4)

    Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4)
    Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Ivan Kal. First published in 2015 by Ivan Kal, it is the fourth book in the Rise of the Empire book series.
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    Rakesh Bhatnagar
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is amazing, it describes a very special story, it absorbs your mind while reading it. It has interesting situations in every page, and keeps you interested all the time. I love this book and I suggest it to everyone, i am sure it will be a very good experience for everyone. "
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    #20Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5)

    Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5)

    Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Ivan Kal. First published in 2016, it is the fifth book in the Rise of the Empire book series.

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    Ethan Cunningham
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Inheritance is a great space opera book. Great writing."
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    #21Gardens of the Sun (The Quiet War)

    Gardens of the Sun (The Quiet War)

    Gardens of the Sun is a science fiction novel written by Paul McAuley. It was first published in 2010 by Pyr, and it is the second book in the Quiet War series. It is a space opera following Earth's regime over the Solar System.

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    Russell Ortiz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This series features a vast universe populated by well written complex characters. This book starts where the last left off as the characters deal with the aftermath of a long war. The story is very fast paced and the author's attention to detail is impressive. A great read for those who love world building and exploration. "
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    #22Reavers (The Ninth Book 3)

    Reavers (The Ninth Book 3)
    On the far reaches of colonized space, a lone colony goes dark. As the rest of the Commonwealth struggles to rebuild after the last war, a battleship of the Navy investigates the colony. What they find there threatens the entirety of humanity. While the Commonwealth struggles against internal turmoil an unknown menace on the edge of the galaxy grows.
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    Harini Mehra
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Space operas are my escape, and they've gotten even better in the current century, as is to be expected. I had hopes for this book, I read the first two and they were worth the time, but this one falls short. Unless you're totally committed to the series, do not get this, it's a sad waste of time."
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    #23Invasion (The Ninth Book 2)

    Invasion (The Ninth Book 2)

    Invasion (The Ninth Book 2) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Benjamin Schramm. First published in 2014 by Benjamin Schramm, it is the second book in The Ninth series.

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    Kyle Wade
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I'm a huge sci fi fan and have found Invasion (The Ninth Book 2) to be a very enticing read. The book tell's an interesting story that takes place in the distant future. It talks about a lot of concepts that are very interesting to think about in regard's to astrophysics."
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    #24Century Rain

    Century Rain

    Century Rain is a space opera and science fiction novel written by Alastair Reynolds. It is first published in 2004 by Gollancz.

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    Jesse Hawkins
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Wasn't familiar with this one, but it turned out a real surprise. It's a bit slow, but makes up for it if you can make it through."

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Best What are the best space opera books of the 21st century
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)Books 31 Paid
2The MartianBooks 28 Paid
3Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch)Books 28 Paid
4Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse)Books 26 Paid
5The Dreaming VoidBooks 23 Paid
6Cibola Burn (The Expanse)Books 22 Paid
7Nemesis Games (The Expanse)Books 21 Paid
8Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)Books 20 Paid
9The Prefect (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency)Books 17 Paid
10The Temporal VoidBooks 14 Paid
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