Foundation by Isaac Asimov
This is a huge novel in scope. This is a sci-fi, political thriller that deals with civilization and the maneuvering that goes on at the highest levels. Are the characters 1 dimensional? Yes. Does it matter? No. It's amazing the world he builds with only ideas. Every sentence is required, he is not one for superfluous plot points or description. This is the essentials stripped down, and it's beautiful.
This is the most 'refreshing' sci-fi I've read this year, and this is from 1951. This is Space Opera done right, before people who thought of this genre were even born.
Sometimes I think Asimov is overrated, but then I stumble onto another incredible book by him. He was a visionary in science fiction and decades before his time. I wonder what it would've been like to read a book like this in the 1950s just after World War 2?
This novel is another reminder to me that great literature is timeless!
If you want another suggestion from Asimov to jump into, I would recommend: The Gods Themselves.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #49 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge