I only found the first book moderately enjoyable. I didn't love it on the level of "Dune" or "The Quantum Thief", but I sort of liked it. What they managed to do was make a really compelling show, improving characters I didn't love in the books while giving us some special effects that seem like they should be far beyond Syfy's budgetary constraints. I have to wonder if those amazing actors are even getting paid. By far, for me, the stand out characters end up being in this order: Crisjen Avasarala played by the amazing Shohreh Aghdashloo. I love that she's at the center of everything on Earth and is usually a step ahead of the people around her. Amos Burton played by Wes Chatham. I think I love him because I want to blow him ... but he's also a great character. No nonsense and totally badass. Bobbie Draper played by Frankie Adams. She's not in the first season, and her arc in the second season takes a bit, but where she starts and where she finishes is a thing of beauty. Joe Miller played by Thomas Jane. Didn't like him so much in the first season, though he was a compelling character. But like with Draper, where they take him is outstanding and he fleshes out one of the very best episodes in any scifi series I've ever seen. Clearly, I highly recommend it.