Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White is an original story set in the Alien universe. It's not spooky season but I could not resist jumping right in and reading this new release. Alien: Into Charybdis did not disappoint. It captures the essence of the Alien franchise where we see that humans are just as much monsters as the xenomorphs. One note, Alien: Into Charybdis can be read as a stand alone novel, but I recommend reading Alien: The Cold Forge first. I was pleasantly surprised to see characters from that novel make an appearance, and have their story continued.
Alien: Into Charybdis follows an American tech group as they land on a new Iranian State colony built over abandoned ruins. Their job is to set up the environmental solutions for the colonists. What should be an easy job quickly dissolves into anarchy as strained relations snap when workers begin to be attacked by strange taloned creatures. The story and world building is pretty solid and we get a mix of espionage, corporate greed, evil colonial marines, and no shortage of bad decisions. Alex White has brought in some new and unique elements to the creatures. The Aliens in this book seem to be smarter and deadlier than ever!
Like any Alien novel worth its weight in acid blood, we get plenty of tense action, betrayal, evil scientists, naive civilians, and gore galore. We are introduced to a whole new cast of intriguing and dynamic characters. But I am really here for the xenomorph. The alien is where I think this story really shines. There is one in particular that is completely unique. There are some real nail biting moments. The alien action is inventive, gritty, graphic, and pulse pounding throughout. I actually found myself rooting for the Aliens!
If you are a fan of the Alien franchise, like monsters in space, chaos, strained diplomacy, dark science fiction horror, and taut action give this book a try. Published by Titan Books, Alien: Into Charybdis is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Alien: Into Charybdis 4 out of 5 gems. Happy Reading!