I found Dead Space by accident via a recommend on another book list, and was very grateful.
I read a lot of hard sci-fi, and often they are a mix of good hard science, or good characters you care about - but rarely both. Dead Space was perfect - both my daughter (also a huge sci-fi junkie) and I loved it - and we will immediately buy and read any more stories about Hester Marley or in this universe.
If you are a fan of well written realistic near future sci-fi with characters you care about (e.g. the expanse series to give one good example), then this is right up your alley.