First installment in Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy. Opens up with, let's see: sentient starships, telepathic humans, a galaxy-wide civilization, 2 alien races, oh yes, I forgot to mention the sentient starships actually mate and make little starships.
This book offers more sense of wonder than you can shake a stick at. It sets up the story for the following two volumes, The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God and introduces the reader to some of the main characters, especially the wonderful Joshua "Lagrange" Calvert.
If you enjoy science fiction, I cannot urge you enough to run, not walk, to the nearest purveyor of books, and READ IT.