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Review: Ninth Step Station by Malka Ann Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi, Curtis C. Chen

If you’ve been searching for a new science fiction crime story written in an inventive way Ninth Step Station should be on your list.


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 murders that test their relationship and threaten to overturn the balance of global power. And amid the chaos, they each need to decide what they are willing to do for peace.


(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

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 our cop and US peacemaker.

There’s a great deal of world building with fast moving technology, eerie new advancements, and a world hanging by a thread. And by the end of the book, you feel almost immersed in this new world. The crimes are unique and there’s always more than meets the eye. If action is something you enjoy, then you’ll love this futuristic crime fighting duo. Slowly the characters are developed, and my only complaint is that I wanted to be more drawn to the characters earlier on. But I didn’t mind too much as I got sucked into the crimes and this shiny new world.

Find Ninth Step Station on Goodreads. And find out more about Serialbox the platform this serialized story first aired on.


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