Recommended by several readers in the comments, I read the Trilisk Ruins by Michael McCloskey.
There is visible evidence of aliens and their technology, but humanity still hasn't met a live one. Life is pretty tough for Telisa, a xenoarchaeologist in a universe where the UN has banned free access to alien artifacts -- how is she supposed to learn more? To make things tougher on Telisa, her dad is a famed Captain in the UN fleet and essentially the symbol of her repression. In an act of rebellion she joins some artifact smugglers for the opportunity to see more alien stuff firsthand and journeys to a faraway planet where things take an expected turn.
McCloskey creates a really detailed universe that could be the setting for more stories. I enjoyed his take on a direct neural link to their internet, as well as the politics/business around control of the alien technologies. His characters and dialog didn't have the same detail. All-in-all this is a great tale and very fast read on the Kindle.