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Ninth Step Station: The Complete Season 1

(Ninth Step Station #1.1-1.10)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  27 reviews
A local cop. A US Peacekeeper. A divided Tokyo.

Years of disaster and conflict have left Tokyo split between great powers.

In the city of drone-enforced borders, bodymod black markets, and desperate resistance movements, US peacekeeper Emma Higashi is assigned to partner with Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Miyako Koreda.

Together, they must race to solve a series of mur
Published March 13th 2019 by Serial Box Publishing
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Sherwood Smith
Jan 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: mystery, sf
This series at Serial Box really lends itself to the weekly episode format.

The blurb is the best introduction to the basics: Years of disaster and conflict have left Tokyo split between great powers.

In the city of drone-enforced borders, bodymod black markets, and desperate resistance movements, US peacekeeper Emma Higashi is assigned to partner with Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Miyako Koreda.

Each episode is a case, setup, conflict, solve, which makes satisfying reading for those who don
A fun, very engaging near-future police procedural set in occupied Tokyo, starring an American peacekeeper and a Japanese police officer.

This story is set up much like a TV crime show, with distinct cases in each episode tied together with some overarching narrative threads. It took a little while for me to get used to this format - I struggled at times to keep track of the larger storylines and to have a sense of the timeline of the different cases. There were a few rough transitions and times
Claudie Arseneault
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aoc, lgbt, mystery, sf
Set in a near future Tokyo divided between a China-controlled sector and a US-chaperonned, Japanese sector, NINTH STEP STATION is an amazing mystery serial. I loved the way the impact of the recent war was threaded through the every episode, both in the crimes and their motivations and in the means available to our two police MCs (limited or unreliable databases, no access to the Chinese side, etc.). Watching the slow build of trust between Miyako and Emma was so rewarding--I'm always here for p ...more
Andrew Hiller
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the benefits of an anthology or collection is that the reader is exposed to different writers and gets the opportunity to discover a new diamond. Ninth Step succeeds in this regard. There were several really compelling episodes and watching how each author took on the cast, setting, and the past details left behind by the previous author was fascinating. For this, both the authors and editor deserves a lot of credit. The stories flow together really well. The characters maintain the same ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is what you get when you mix Blade Runner and Altered Carbon in a feminist blender. The two protagonists are women, a soldier and a cop and they are delightful. The futuristic world-building was excellent and each of the cases was interesting. I kind of cheated because I didn't listen to the episodes as they were released weekly but rather binged them all in a few days. Either way this was an exciting story that kept me listening and I'm ready for season two!

The narration was very good with
Linda Robinson
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On your mark. Get set. Tokyo. A fistful of years beyond the 2031 opportunistic China partial grab, the city is global player sectored and kept that way by checkpoints and drone walls. Reconstruction, power, records, data access are all sketchy. Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Miyako Koreda is assigned a murder case. And a new partner, US peacekeeper Emma Higashi, on a let's-see-how-this-goes basis for both organizations, with the silent admonition that the women need to be the ones to make i ...more
Aidan Budd
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
So - that was fun!

Enjoyed listening just now to "The Faceless Body" by Malka Older, first episode of the first season of the Serial Box serial "Ninth Street Station".

I tend to only listen to "audio books" when trying to get to sleep, but with this format (episodes in a season, each audio episode I guess around 90 min) I thought it might work well in my "podcast slot" (i.e. cooking and doing the dishes) - happy to say it did. Certainly planning to buy the full season now (something I didn't expec
Roland Clarke
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Review 4.4 stars

I was pleased to receive this serialised fiction as an ARC from Serial Box Publishing as it was an exciting read.

This police procedural set in a near future Tokyo consists of ten engrossing episodes written by different authors, including at least one, Jacqueline Koyanagi whose debut novel I've read and reviewed.

The style is reminiscent of US crime series, but with its own interesting approach as the sense of an imminent future pervades but doesn’t take over the plots. This cou
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This read much like a series of Ghost in the Shell. From the NeoTokyo setting, to the ubiquitous cybernetic body mods, I expected Major Kusanagi to pop up at any juncture. That said, it also ruled. It’s been a long time since I read serialized fiction outside of comics, and the episodic nature made for a fun time. Each author added to the tale, instead of distracting with wild stylistic flourishes. I would happily read another series with Emma, Miyako, and the rest. There were less political mac ...more
Maria Haskins
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such an entertaining read. Mix a near-future setting (Japan has been laid low by natural disasters and Chinese interference, and is now a divided nation) with some very plausible scifi-tech (body-mods, implants, and people who use tech-y "sleeves" to communicate and interface), and make it all a cyber-punkish police procedural, and you get the vibe of this excellent story. But what really sells this for me, are the two main characters, US peacekeeper Emma Higashi and Tokyo Metropolitan P ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

More like a 3.5 from me.

Ninth Step Station is a fast paced crime science fiction thriller. There's mystery, murder, and manipulation. Written by four different authors, it is a serialized action book. I'm interested in how it felt to work with three other authors and you can see their characters develop. Each author picks up where the other left off, taking you to a new case with
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent serial revolving around a Tokyo cop and an American peacekeeper's efforts to solve a series of murders in a Tokyo that has yet to be. The mysteries were written by several different authors, but the pacing was excellent, characterization was strong and consistent, and there was a fascinating story arc that transcended each installment. The setting was so real that I felt like I was in Tokyo again, and I loved the way that inter-office politics brought secondary characters to ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is a very cool concept, and if one of myriad TV networks out there (looking at YOU, Netflix) needs more programming, they should check this out.

Great characters, interesting worldbuilding, and murder mysteries, all chopped up and neatly packaged in serial format.

Like any series, there were stronger episodes and weaker ones, but the overall quality and compatibility among the crack writing team made this a genuine pleasure.

Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.And here we are at the end! Today's episode marks the end of Season 1 of Ninth Step Station. It's been a blast covering each episode on a weekly basis, and I hope it's been at least somewhat entertaining for you! In this review I'll discuss Episode 10, as well as give you my overall thoughts about the story. For those of you who've been with ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Tokyo is divided. In the (somewhat) near future, an war with China leaves Tokyo with a Chinese occupation and US-led military peacekeepers. The police force has to contend with both as they go about their duty of upholding the law. Ninth Step Station follows detective Miyako Koreda and her newly assigned peacekeeper partner Emma Higashi as they solve crimes, learn to deal with each other, and try to douse some of the fires that could result in a renewal of the war.

Ninth Step Station is a Serial
Matthew Lloyd
I received an ARC of the complete first series of Ninth Step Station from the publisher. This means that I read the episodes not week-by-week as you would for at least the second half of the season if you subscribed soon after this review appears, but over just under three weeks. I tried, at first, to read Ninth Step Station as if I didn't immediately have access to the next episode. I managed, for a little while. But you know how it is when you have a whole season in front of you. I just wanted ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of season 1 in exchange for an honest review.)

Intriguing new concept in reading; it was a little jarring at first (especially since I had not actually noticed the description of the TV/serialized format before I started).

The story is set up much like a TV series, with individual "monster of the week" episodes with cases that (mostly) resolve by the end, but also an ongoing story arc of a divided Japan after an invasion from China, with US forces stationed
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short stories from Serial Box. The book reads almost like a season of television with most of the shorts being cases that the detective protagonists need to solve.

Set in a future Japan that has been divided between attacking Chinese forces and US Peacekeepers, the story follows Miyako, a local detective, and her new partner Emma, a US Peacekeeper who is assigned to her so that the Peacekeepers can get eyes on the ground outside of their standard operating areas.

I thought
Deborah Gebhardt
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this through a Goodreads Giveaway. This was an unusual item, in that one had the option to listen or read. It is presented similar to a television series or perhaps how radio was presented pre-television, It is presented in episodes are standalone with some continuing storyline, until the last 2 episodes, with the last a continuation of the prior. What was additionally nice about the audio is that it includes sound effects, which I haven't heard are previous audio presentations I've l ...more
Sean Locke
Ninth Step Station is my first foray into paid serial fiction, and the first serialized story I ever bought from Serial Box. Now that I've finished NSS, I can tell you it won't be my last. I've already preordered season 2, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

NSS is a near future police procedural with strong elements of political thriller and international intrigue. It goes deep on the two protagonist characters, and I'm beyond pleased and surprised at how consistently the protagonists get po
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Serial Box production was a really unique way to experience a story. All Serial Box productions can be consumed as audiobooks or ebooks, but this is one time I would highly recommend the audio. The narrator did a great job, and the sound design was very immersive.

This story is a cyberpunk buddy cop procedural set in near-future Tokyo. The episodic storytelling led to some formulaic first chapters, but the characters grew to take on a life of their own. The final chapters broke out of the fo
Sidsel Pedersen
I really read too though mysteries. I really liked the characters. The story was griping. The world building was really interesting - including the use of tech and I loved the episodical nature of it - it suits my brainspace right now.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Throughly enjoyed this book
Ruth Feathers
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It feels so real.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some authors weren't my favourite but on the whole it was an interesting read.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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