Monday, 24 February 2014

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Alien: Out of the Shadows - Tim Lebbon

Release Date: 31/01/14
Publisher:  Titan


The massively acclaimed Alien franchise is one of the most successful of all time, beginning with the first film in 1979. In a dramatic twist, this novel will return us to that time, to Ellen Ripley, and to never-before-revealed secrets of the Weyland-Yutani Corporations...secrets that lead into the events of the second film, Aliens...and beyond!


OK, I’m a huge fan of the films and to be honest I think it would only have been fair had they not added Ripley to this title. She was unnessessary, faced no real danger as with the time scale we know she survived and all round sadly dragged what was otherwise a solid title down from good to merely reasonable.

Whilst the action was good and hard hitting, I did find it hard to keep going with the book purely for the fact that we knew she’d live. It lost huge elements of its danger and placing it in established history really does limit what is possible. Perhaps next time they should leave Ripley in the Life Pod and give us all a new hero to face off against the Hive Foes.

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