Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty – Review

Published: October 4, 2022

Publisher: Ace

Series: The Midsolar Murders #1

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

My Rating: 3.0/5.0

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
From idyllic small towns to claustrophobic urban landscapes, Mallory Viridian is constantly embroiled in murder cases that only she has the insight to solve. But outside of a classic mystery novel, being surrounded by death doesn’t make you a charming amateur detective, it makes you a suspect and a social pariah. So when Mallory gets the opportunity to take refuge on a sentient space station, she thinks she has the solution. Surely the murders will stop if her only company is alien beings. At first her new existence is peacefully quiet…and markedly devoid of homicide.

But when the station agrees to allow additional human guests, Mallory knows the break from her peculiar reality is over. After the first Earth shuttle arrives, and aliens and humans alike begin to die, the station is thrown into peril. Stuck smack-dab in the middle of an extraterrestrial whodunit, and wondering how in the world this keeps happening to her anyway, Mallory has to solve the crime—and fast—or the list of victims could grow to include everyone on board….


Weird as hell. Murdery. Aliens. Sentient space stations. 

Station Eternity was full of unexpected oddities, excitement, and murder, which was to be expected given the synopsis. What was unexpected was just how much was going on in this book. 

We have Mallory. Mallory has fled Earth because she is certain that her presence is somehow causing murders that she also has an uncanny ability to solve. This has resulted in a turbulent, avoidant life and a great deal of suspicion from law enforcement agencies (she has her own FBI agent). Now Mallory lives on a sentient space station with two other humans and an assortment of “aliens” ranging from the traditional lanky alien with big eyes to hive mind wasp swarms. It’s ideal, right up until news arrives that a ship full of humans is on its way to the space station and Mallory is certain that means murder.

She’s right. It does. The station erupts into chaos (literally), the rock aliens are having a political disagreement, the shuttle of humans gets swatted and a bunch of people are killed, and there’s a murderer on board. Absolute madness.

Let me tell you what, this book was hard to put down but it was also insanely busy with plot threads. I thought it felt a little jumbled and overstuffed, but so much of it was interesting that I kept reading even though I really did not give a shit about the aliens that reminded me of Korg from the Thor movies. 

Overall, an entertaining sci-fi murder mystery with some really fun elements, and a few too many things going on at once (never thought I would say that). I did like it enough that I’ll probably pick up the next book in the series whenever it is released. If you are looking for slightly more “traditional” sci-fi murder mystery I’d definitely recommend checking out Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty!

4 thoughts on “Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty – Review

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  1. I’m halfway through and feeling about the same as you. It almost feels like a bunch of different books that someone decided to smoosh together. I do like the characters though. They are pretty quirky!

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