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Persephone Station

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  158 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 wa
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Gallery / Saga Press
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Mark Odonohue Sorry but am confirm the original issue I had.
Kobo & Amazon AU have the hardback & audiobook available.
But not the ebook.
Amazon US lists the Kindle …more
Sorry but am confirm the original issue I had.
Kobo & Amazon AU have the hardback & audiobook available.
But not the ebook.
Amazon US lists the Kindle edition but says not for sale - at least to me (I've seen that happen before when Kindle version was limited to US folk only)(less)

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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
Women writing SPACE OPERA??!?!?!?!?!?!??!! is ALWAYS exciting

July 14, 2020: *gets down on one knee, wipes big-girl-tears away, holds up a ring* I am a lesbian
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
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars

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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
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
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Jan 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
excuse me! THIS COVER!!!! omfgggggg!!
If you can get stick with it through the first third of the book – it’s a bit of a slog that manages to both info dump on characters and yet hold back on world-building – Persephone Station is a pretty kickass bit of dark-and-gritty space opera.

Stina Leicht has crafted a fiercely feminist work of science fiction that is almost entirely populated by women, one of whom is casually introduced as transgender, another of whom is boldly non-binary, and all of whom are damaged in some way. The relation
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
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
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
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Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cool book. I’m so glad I picked it up off of Netgalley. I’d really been in the mood for a space epic and this book totally delivered. The plot was interesting and intense, the worldbuilding was complex and intriguing, and the characters were well created. It’s also a super queer story. There are lots of queer characters—gay, lesbian, bisexual, non-binary rep. Rosie was my favorite because they were so badass and cool. The alien characters were well thought out and had a believable ...more
Nostalgia Reader
Thank you Gallery/Saga for making this a Read Now on NetGalley for this week. Because, this sounds, just... YES.
Dee Arr
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Persephone Station is an action/adventure sci-fi tale, with enough political intrigue thrown in to lead the story down multiple paths and keep the plot interesting. Angel leads her crew of mercenaries from job to job, and everything is okay until they are accused of a murder they did not commit.

While I found the story enjoyable, I kept looking for the small bits of information that contributed scifi elements, which author Stina Leicht obligingly inserted throughout. When it came to the characte
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to the publisher and the author for an ARC of this amazing book debuting on January 5th!

Angel and her team have a very important mission--to save the Indigenous life forms on Persephone from the corporation that rules the planet. This book is an action packed space opera with a great cast of female and nonbinary characters and very interesting alien lifeforms!

There is so much amazing technology happening in this book and I love the bits about AGI and anything relating to The Em
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
Casey the Reader
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Saga Press for the free advance copy of this book.

📚 Mix together a little bit space western, a little bit space opera, and a lotta badass queer women and nonbinary people, and you've got the start of PERSEPHONE STATION.
📚 The plot is vast and the characters are all easy to root for, even when you're not sure if they're the good guys. (Seriously, there's no way I could succinctly sum up the plot, but it's also not too hard to follow.)
📚 There are some truly excellent battle scenes.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Earnest and tangled, Persephone Station by Stina Leicht has all the badass female protagonists a reader could want with far too many plot points.

Upon being framed for the assassination of a corporate head honcho, Angel and her close-knit group of mercenaries are sent on a mission to the planet's outskirts to defend an indigenous alien race from being wiped out by the same corporation. Added to that is a subplot about Kennedy, a woman from off-planet with a penchant for computers, who arrives, s
Jeremy Brett
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, exciting, character-rich story Stina Leicht has given us with "Persephone Station". It's an action-adventure (not only that, but one that's both a riff and a tribute to "The Seven Samurai" and its remodel "The Magnificent Seven") filled with explosions and crashes and blood and heroism , which is always fun. But what Leicht has done is to add on a layer of complex and realistic worldbuilding (all too realistic, sadly, with soulless and exploitative corporations), and then match ...more
Ryan Hixson
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht is a confusing female lead space opera. This novel is very confusing especially at the beginning, this is one I fought with myself over do not finishing but I pushed through. The story is like a one off episode of Star Wars The Clone Wars, merged with some characters from the Alien franchise, there's an Ellen Ripley in Angel, there's a Call in Kennedy, and a whole lot of Private Vasquezs. The character are different but most of them all talk the same. The plot ...more
Julie Anna
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Persephone Station

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery / Saga Press for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Persephone Station is a planet that’s been largely ignored by the United Republic of Worlds – that is, until the Serrao-Orlov Corporation finds that it’s hiding secrets that it wants to exploit. Rosie is an owner of Monk’s Bar, which is often frequented by an exclusive criminal class and those who seek to employ them. Angel has a job to do for Rosie, and a job th
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
*UPDATE* It’s come to my attention that I was mistaken— this is meant to be a standalone, and to that I say to Stina Leicht, “whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy 😩” Ugh, why go through all of that world building for one book with these lush characters?? I guess i should’ve taken the hint with the epilogue, but for some reason I was convinced that its goodreads page indicated it was a series. Super disappointing. Unfortunately, that does effect my rating, and I will be recanting my curve. Should this error turn ...more
& She Reads
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for this review copy of Persephone Station that I was provided with in exchange for an honest review.

First I want to point out - if you are a YA reader and are a fan of Aurora Rising this Adult Scifi is for you. This book was such a fun scifi adventure filled with a misfit band of ass kicking characters, gender inclusivity, witty banter, and the coolest world building I have read in a very long time.

I usually struggle a lot when it comes to
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
PERSEPHONE STATION is a stunning feminist, divergent, Science Fiction work capably coping with issues of corporate greed, institutionalized deception, denial of indigenous sentient species, and inextricably, one of my favorite SF exploratory themes: Sentient Artificial Intelligence. Lately it seems no matter what title I choose, A.I. is present, with all the questions, concerns, hopes, and dread that poses. Author Stina Leicht delivers superbly. This is my first 2021 read, and it's a champion. I ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this! Overall, thought it could be a bit shorter but enjoyed it nonetheless. Really appreciated a future that had a lot of gender diversity as well. Plus, that cover! *heart eyes*
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had a good time with this book! It was decently paced for the most part, though there were some slower sections in the beginning. Of course, there were also some action packed, exciting ship/mecha battles, so we do get more intense moments. I enjoyed the overall plot and can definitely see the comparison to The Mandalorian in that people are (perhaps reluctantly) trying to do the honorable thing and protect others. There were some fantastic plot threats with AI that I really liked. I could hav ...more
Jul 06, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
“A gender swapped Magnificent Seven” ... sold. More please.
Madison Schaeffer
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I'll be honest: the first third or so of this book is kind of a slog. There are a lot of characters, and the character development isn't great. It's hard to figure out who's who. I wasn't particularly attached to anyone. I was bored. It was hard to figure out how the weird political assassination fit into anything else. But! But! The back half of the book is really cool. It was quintessentially space opera in a way that I loved. The Emissary characters are great. There are crazy bears, booby tra ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I mean, it's not a bad story... but the marketing pissed me off.
Described as a story in the vein of Cowboy Bebop, when clearly its a copycat of Firefly.

Seriously, I have zero idea why anyone in the story does anything. Motivations are "because story requires it"

The banter is witty and I guess the characters would look good in a movie... which maybe explains why I don't like this book. It feels like it was written for a screen. Emotions are downplayed in favor of visual action.

But whatever, it is
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