Series: The Midsolar Murders #1
Published by Ace on October 4, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Science fiction
Also by this author: Chaos Terminal
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I discovered Mur Lafferty when I read the amazing Six Wakes a locked room mystery with clones set in space. Locked room mysteries are fun but setting it in space and giving the characters missing memories because of cloning was brilliant.
So, I went into her new book, STATION ETERNITY with high hopes. And reader, I was not disappointed!
About Station Eternity
Set in the not-too-distant future, alien races have made contact with Earth, even treat it as a bit of a vacation spot but have forbidden Earth people to travel to their space stations and won’t share their FTL technology with us. Why? Because they view us as damaged goods because we don’t have symbiotes – no other race has joined with us in a symbiotic relationship.
Mallory is one of only two (but really three) humans allowed on the sentient space station Eternity. Mallory asked Eternity for permission to live aboard it because she’s been haunted by murder her entire life. Those near her often end up murdered but not because she’s doing the killing. She actually helps solve the murders. But who wants to be with someone when it means you could end up dead? Not her family, friends, or anyone else who knows her history.
Mallory’s fearful when Eternity approves a visit by humans because she’s convinced someone will be murdered. And she’s right.
My thoughts about Station Eternity
The author has done amazing worldbuilding. She’s created multiple alien races and how they interact with each other, their species’ history, their roles on the space station, and even the food they eat. The space station itself with its sentience and its humanoid symbiote that interacts with people is a marvel.
The author uses flashbacks to show the reader the backstory and history of characters and events. We learn more about Mallory’s history of being near murders and how she’s helped solve them and why she wanted to get away from that life.
The author created well-developed characters with cleverly interwoven lives. Even characters I thought had no relationship with one another turned out to be connected. Everyone has their own agenda and possible motives for murder and reasons to be a potential victim.
This interspecies, intergalactic, locked room mystery is a gorgeous puzzle with so many motivations, conflicts, and secrets that the tension is constantly increasing until the big reveal of an ending!
- Joyriding aliens visiting earth
- Alien abductions
- Sentient space station
- Alien bars with weird alien food
- An unwilling Nancy Drew FMC
- Alternating POV
- Complex family relationships
- Violin playing
- Vanishing murder weapon
- Locked room mystery
- Hard deadline resulting in death if it’s missed
- A bit of romance
Thank you, Ace Books for the DRC!