7 Jan 2022

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: PERSEPHONE STATION by Stina Leicht


Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays introduces readers who are unfamiliar with the Adult SF/F genre to books, authors, and discussions all about the vast expanse of the world of Adult SF/F!


Author: Stina Leicht
Series: N/A
Source: Audiobook from Audible
Publisher: Gallery/Saga Press
Publication Date: January 5, 2021

Hugo award-nominated author Stina Leicht has created a take on space opera for fans of The Mandalorian and Cowboy Bebop in this high-stakes adventure.

Persephone Station, a seemingly backwater planet that has largely been ignored by the United Republic of Worlds, becomes the focus for the Serrao-Orlov Corporation as the planet has a few secrets the corporation tenaciously wants to exploit.

Rosie—owner of Monk’s Bar, in the corporate town of West Brynner—caters to wannabe criminals and rich Earther tourists, of a sort, at the front bar. However, exactly two types of people drink at Monk’s back bar: members of a rather exclusive criminal class and those who seek to employ them.

Angel—ex-marine and head of a semi-organized band of beneficent criminals, wayward assassins, and washed up mercenaries with a penchant for doing the honorable thing—is asked to perform a job for Rosie. What this job reveals will affect Persephone and put Angel and her squad up against an army. Despite the odds, they are rearing for a fight with the Serrao-Orlov Corporation. For Angel, she knows that once honor is lost, there is no regaining it. That doesn’t mean she can’t damned well try.
Persephone Station is a really interesting concept that fell a little flat to me. It felt like this book should have been either half it's length as a standalone or spread out between more novels to be a series because it was simultaneously too long and too short. I like extensive worldbuilding and story setting, as well as heavy character studies, but this felt like I could have listened to half the book and still understood what was happening in great detail.

But I did love the characters, especially our crew that we followed around for the majority of the story and Angel was THE BEST. I liked looking at their internal conflicts and how this impacted external conflicts as well. I also really liked all the "auto-inclusion" in the world. It was never assumed that someone was a "default" of straight, cis, abled, and straight, which was refreshing and a trend I've been seeing more in Adult SciFi which makes me super happy!

I listened to the audio and while it was good, I was disappointed that it was only one narrator considering it switched perspectives a lot and it was a little difficult to tell who was who for a bit after the switch unless it started with the person's name. It didn't make it impossible but it did add a level of listening that I don't always enjoy with my audiobooks.

Overall, if you enjoy Space Opera, this will interest you!

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

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