Aliens, aliens, aliens

By Katie Ralbusky, Online Editor

Most of us know about the Alien franchise. We’ve seen the movies or the spinoff Prometheus. Sometimes it’s hard to get away from it. There are posters, figurines, and even plushy toys. There is even a book franchise and not just novelizations of the movies. One such book is named Alien: River of Pain.

This book is not the greatest but it is fairly good. You don’t even have to be a fan of the franchise or have watched the movies to enjoy this one. It does occur between the events of the first and second movie but fills you in enough the movies did not overshadow the book’s plotline. Yet, fans who have seen the films will not find any plot points boring or repetitive.

Without ruining the plot Alien: River of Pain takes up with the story of Ellen Ripley. She learns the plant LV-426 is now colonized even after she and her crew faced off against the monstrous alien, or Xenomorph, they found there. She tries desperately to warn others of the horrors that might await them. But the Weyland-Yutani company has their own interests at hand. They will stop at nothing to get a living sample of the alien species, regardless of who they must sacrifice.

On the planet itself the colony is thriving well enough, even with stress running high thanks to the instatement of a new Colonel Marines Captain. Two wildcatters, Anne and Russel Jordan, strive to not lose their heads to what might have been on Earth. They wish to find their fortune and believe they have when they come across a strange horse-shoe shaped ship. What they find aboard is not the riches they imagined but the beginning of the end for their family and all those within the colony.

Personally I am a fan of the Alien universe and enjoyed this book. I will admit there are times I thought certain characters didn’t need to be spotlighted as much and the setting didn’t have to be described in such detail. But if you’re looking for a good book to pass the time and enjoy horror and suspense then this is the one for you. You’ll be on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next and when it does you might just scream along with the characters.

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