Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Alien: Prototype by Tim Waggoner is an original story set in the Alien universe. I couldn't let spooky season end without reading an Alien novel. And this book did not disappoint. Alien: Prototype captures the essence of the Alien franchise where we see that humans are just as much monsters as the xenomorphs. This time though Tim Waggoner has brought in some new and unique elements.
Alien: Prototype follows Zula Hendricks an ex Colonial Marine turned security trainer and a corporate spy named Tamar Prather. Tamar works for Venture, a Weyland-Yutani competitor. Venture gets its hands on an alien egg curtesy of Tamar. Experiment, accidents, and chaos quickly follow. The Alien in this book is uglier and deadlier than ever! I cannot say more without venturing into spoiler territory, but let's just say the name given to it.... Necromorph, fits....very well.
Like any Alien novel worth its weight in face hugger skeletons, we get plenty of action, espionage, betrayal, evil idiot scientists, 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. This bad boy feels completely unique. There are scary moments and gross moments that literally made me want to gag. The alien action is inventive, gritty, graphic, and pulse pounding throughout.
If you are a fan of the Alien franchise, like monsters in space, chaos, strong heroines, dark science fiction horror, biohazards, and heart stopping action give this book a try. Published by Titan Books, Alien: Prototype is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Alien: Prototype 4 out of 5 gems. Happy Reading!