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Persephone Station

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  3,394 ratings  ·  914 reviews
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 w
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Gallery / Saga Press
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July 14, 2020: *gets down on one knee, wipes big-girl-tears away, holds up a ring* I am a lesbian
Lex Kent
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars. This was a pretty exciting space opera. When I heard about a sci-fi book that was filled with lesbian, bisexual, and non-binary characters, my interest was immediately piqued. And of course when I saw the cover I knew I had to read this. The cover art is just so good. I do want to apologize to Gallery/Saga for being a little late with this review. Between watching the Senate returns, then an actual insurrection, and dealing with a migraine on and off for 3 days, I could not get into ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Women writing SPACE OPERA??!?!?!?!?!?!??!! is ALWAYS exciting

☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Rosie's quite the irritating person. Aren't they? Much too clever for most people's good.

Love all the strong women and nonbinaries set they treated us with. Looks really cool.

Thunderstorms on Persephone often bordered on cyclones. Storm shields protected exterior-facing windows from damage during the worst conditions. However, sometimes she risked the alarms and left the shudders up. The storms were as mesmerizing as they were fierce. At its current rate, she estimated that today’s cloud cover
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
DNFing this very early, even before the halfway point. I don't know if it's because I listened to the audiobook but this is super hard to get into. So far it's nonstop action without emotional stakes, it's all cliches, and I don't care about any of the characters. It's cool to find a space opera with an all-women and queer cast, but you know, it's 2021, and I'd like more than the bare minimum. Maybe this book just wasn't for me.

Heard it picks up in the second half though I don't really care to s
Richard Derus
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Real Rating: 4.75* of five, rounded up because I will read as many more as the author writes in this world

My review of PERSEPHONE STATION's up at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud: https://tinyurl.com/26h2f5s2

It's too long to get read here, so there it stays. I recommend it, if the rating doesn't say it all.
so much pointless waffling and i am begging you to find a synonym for "said"

Rep: Latina mc, sapphic & nonbinary mcs, Black Japanese character

CWs: torture, violence
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars

You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books.

For me, this science fiction book is a miss. I just couldn't get into it. It is well-written and packed with action, but it just didn't interest me.

Persephone Station is backwater planet that the Serrao-Orlov Corporation has taken an intense interest in. The people that run the corporation know the planet's secrets, and want to exploit them. Rosie owns a bar that criminals, and those that want to hire them, come to do business. Rosie
“Persephone Station” ended up being exactly what I expected it to be, which is both good and a tad disappointing. It’s an action-packed space Western, a genre that I love so much, with a great diverse cast of characters – you know the type, mercenaries with foul mouths and hearts of gold that you can root for. The writing was light and quick to read (though I had a slow reading week due to a new job), and it was entertaining and fun.

But that’s also all it was.

I don’t know if I have been spoile
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rep-queer
When I read the blurb for Persephone Station, I thought it sounded amazing. A genre-bending infusion of science-fiction and weird Westerns with a predominantly queer cast.

And, from the outset, at least one of those things fulfilled my expectations in a good way: Persephone Station features a large cast of characters, many of whom are people of colour, nearly all of whom are women (in addition to one nonbinary protagonist, who uses they/them pronouns) and nearly all of whom are queer. This is a q
Sherwood Smith
This gay-friendly "gals with guns" space opera hangs on a fast-paced plot that is currently pretty popular in the SF field, the evil corporations masking their power grabs as AI entities explore various ways of being sentient. Add in mostly female characters, with non-binary ones present and up front, and jack up the pacing all the way to the poignant resolution.

The narrative, with its fast pace, also brings home how much the English language is lagging behind social evolution: specifically the
May 07, 2020 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I'm so, so glad to have been auto-approved for Gallery Books because this space opera is one of my most anticipated books and like, the cover is fucking badass


'On the backwater planet of Brynner, at Persephone Station, a community of android refugees, all female, are hiding since they were able to awaken their AI and escape servitude. But the Serrao-Orlov Corporation is nothing if not tenacious, especially about it's proprietary AI's, and it wants their property back. Ho
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
A small group of mercenaries (with hearts of gold) end up defending a peaceful settlement of aliens against a madwoman and her own hired thugs, all while artificial intelligences meddle for their own ends. This reminded me very much of the Magnificent Seven, with the mercs all having their own back-stories and who almost certainly won't all make it through the final assault.

Terrific setup with characters that look really interesting, in-depth world-building and a diverse culture ended up being v
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley

God, I loved this book... I loved it fiercely. I don't even know where to start?

First of all, it's a book pretty much solely made up of women and nonbinary characters. I read all-male scifi too, and often like it all the same as any other scifi, but there is something, just that SOMETHING, about reading a book where everyone's... More or less like you. It's f...ing amazing. No other word for it.

And yeah, you're gonna ask - there WERE som
This was The Magnificent Seven, in space, but without the magnificent.
There were so many wonderful elements:
-crime bosses
-former soldiers now working as mercenaries who fix problems and assassinate upon occasion
-a plethora of fantastic women being fantastic
-AI, both massive and masquerading
-evil corporate CEOs committing atrocities for personal gain and kicks
-references to Akira Kurosawa
-a cat
And all these elements were together in a story where the writing and characters got in the way of some
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-favorites
3.5 stars. giving queer Star Wars, political maneuvering with aliens, space tech, badass mercenaries, and rag tag crews with spirit and gusto instead of money and resources. I wish I processed this sci fi fantasy a bit slower
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Persephone Station is a standalone sci-fi novel set on a planet of the same name, one by and large ignored on the galactic stage until a corporation takes a vested interest in exploiting the indigenous population for their knowledge. Pitched as The Mandalorian meets Cowboy Bebop, Persephone Station delivers the action packed romp the comparison promises but left me wanting so much more in other areas.

The most prominent characters being women or nonbinary folks was a delight to read, especially b
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 207.

Listen, this was a book that I was kinda hype for. Look at the cover! But, overall I couldn't understand what was happening.
Yes, it's a high sci-fi adult book, but I've read books like this before and was able to understand them almost perfectly.
At first I thought I was supposed to be confused, that it was just the way it was supposed to be. Then, as I got further into the novel I got more and more confused, and realized that I had no idea what was happening.
I only knew the characte
Laura Tenfingers
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: womens, sci-fi

I loved that this story had only female main characters. Thank you! Is this what men feel like all the time when reading sci-fi and fantasy? I also appreciated the non-binary character. Unfortunately that was about it.

The plot was slow to get moving and not interesting enough for me. And all the different PoVs sounded the same and weren't well developed enough for me to feel anything.

The cover is pretty stellar though.
Some cool elements, but not all well-developed or connected togeher. It felt like the author was so committed to showing and not telling that they didn't give the readers crucial information we needed to understand the setting and become invested in the characters and their story. ...more
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Jan 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
excuse me! THIS COVER!!!! omfgggggg!!
Nov 11, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff-group-shelf
The 3 stars are for my personal category of books where I'm definitely not the target audience.

Plot and writing style didn't work for me.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I had kind of an uneven reading experience with this book (Which bummed me out, since I was so pumped to read it.)

For me personally, the first quarter (third?) of the book was a bit of a slog. I felt like the characters weren't terribly well developed (someone in the story does some quick research on the main characters, which becomes the reader's de facto introduction to them too) and the book seemed to need much more world-building (People are sick, but I didn't entirely get why or how that fi
mary ❀
2 stars.

I was pretty disappointed in this one. It had all the necessary elements (diverse LGBTQ cast, planet with aliens, AI, badass group of women), but they didn't seem to add up to much. We had a few different storylines to follow, but I only got invested in the fate of the Emissaries. The only other character who sparked any emotion in me was Rosie.

AI is one of my favorite scifi elements, but Kennedy had barely any interaction with the other characters, and I do think seeing the interaction
Lauren Stoolfire
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, lgbtq
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Persephone Station by Stina Leicht is a well-written and action-packed LGBT+ sci-fi space opera that's worth sticking with. It took me about a quarter of the book to really get into it, but by the end I was firmly invested. There's not a whole lot of world-building which is the biggest detriment to the novel. I mean, there are quite a few great sci-fi details but I didn't have a sense of the wider world beyond what was directly in
Elena Linville
Stars 4.5 out of 5.

"Loved loved loved it!" were my thoughts when I finished this book as I ran around my living room excitedly, happy that I got the chance to read this excellent book before it was officially published (thanks for the ARC, Netgalley.)

This is one of those rare books that managers to portray strong female characters without making them bitchy, slutty, or catty, and without having them hate on any other females around them and lust over anything with a dick that walks into their li
Jessica Haider
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, netgalley, sci-fi
3.5 stars

Persephone Station is an often overlooked planet that has suddenly come to the attention of a large corporation. It turns out that there are natural resources that have only recently been discovered. Rosie owns Monk's Bar in the corporate town. This bar is frequented by criminals and their ilk. Rosie asks Angel, the head of a group of assorted outcasts, mercenaries etc. to do a job for them. This group uncovers secrets about Persephone Station and in turn decide to do what they can to p
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Maybe it was my bad that I had hyped up this book up so much in my head and was so excited to read it. The premise and the cast of characters all sounded amazing but in the end it fell flat for me. I just couldn't get into the story and really didn't care which is a shame as the plotline sounded like a 5 stars read ...more
May 12, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The first time I saw Persephone Station, I was drawn to it by the bright cover and beautiful illustration. I did some research at home, read some reviews...and decided to keep it in mind for a book I might want to read. Then I saw that the paperback was out! Which dropped the price by, like, ten dollars...so I decided it was time to pick up a copy.
No regrets. Absolutely none. I read the first fifty pages in the mall, and turned the last page (PAGE 500) the next evening. I just could not pull mys
So, I was originally sceptical about Persephone Station. However, I managed to get my hands on the audiobook, and… god, I loved it. The reader was so pleasant to listen to, and the book happened to be a great space opera.

I am usually cautious about diversity representation in books since it’s too easy to make a weird token troupe with no ties to reality. What I got was a bunch of pretty cool characters, and not a single time did I feel the absence of male cast here. Everyone was so vivid and coo
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