There are three EVE lore novels, and I liked all of them. I’ve read the first one twice, and might read the others again too.
EVE: The Empyrean Age by Tony Gonzales - Set in the “modern” times of New Eden around 2010 or so. A giant space opera about powerful people and regular spacefaring or baseliner people involved in conflicts among the four races. It established a lot of lore, and threads from that are still developing. Maybe best of all is it visualizes for you what life in New Eden and in a New Eden spacecraft or planet is like.
EVE: The Burning Life by Hjalti Danielsson (the former CCP Abraxas I believe, who wrote much of the early lore and many of the old Chronicles short stories). An innocent Sabik Sani (Blood Raiders) child and two lesbian drug addicts journey through the pirates factions, Sisters of Eve, and ruthless corporate New Eden. Much different from the previous book. If I can, I’d say this one is kind of imaginative literature. Very good, and at the very least, you’ll learn a lot about Guristas, Sisters of Eve, etc.
EVE: Templar One Back to author Tony Gonzales. A hard one, only because it explains the many threads the writer devs introduced later, only through in-game gameplay… And introduced new lore development themes at the same time. Which are still going on with the Triglavian and Sleepers invasion, as we speak.
Have pity on the CCP devs, of all sorts. Some are developing and marketing a commercial game, to keep going. Some are writers keeping the cryptic backstory lore going, and getting players involved in projecting the story, even if they gripe about it and don’t know the backstory. How fooking cool is that?