This is a book that I would put in the "must read" category for anyone who loves Science Fiction or just literature that tells good stories and asks big questions. This is a "Classic Science Fiction" book, and I mean that in the best possible way.
Classic Science Fiction is the kind that tells a great story, while asking important social and personal questions at the same time. Dennis E. Taylor's Singularity Trap checks those boxes emphatically. This story had me going from the very beginning. Added to that this is a first contact book that may not be entirely unique, but I can't think of a similar one and I've read a ton of S.F. over the years.
This book is not much like Taylor's previous books; a trilogy called the "Bobiverse." Except in the fact that they are all very much worth reading. The Bobiverse books had a definite nerd vibe going. This book has little of those kind of inside jokes and seems to me to be more serious and more mature and emotionally engaging. This could easily be the best S.F. book you will read this year.
For those of you who know me, know that I almost never give 5 stars to a book. This one gets 5 stars from me.