Alien: Covenant Origins – Alan Dean Foster

Alien Cov origin

Published: 26 September 2017
Publisher: Titan Books
Pages: 304
Series: Alien Chronological Order #0
Format Read: Audible

Blurp:

The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani. A ship bound for Origae-6, carrying two thousand colonists beyond the limits of known space, this is make-or-break investment for the corporation—and for the future of all mankind.

Yet there are those who would die to stop the mission. As the colony ship hovers in Earth orbit, several violent events reveal a deadly conspiracy to sabotage the launch. While Captain Jacob Branson and his wife Daniels complete their preparations, security chief Daniel Lopé recruits the final key member of his team. Together they seek to stop the perpetrators before the ship and its passengers can be destroyed.

An original novel by the acclaimed ALAN DEAN FOSTER, author of the groundbreaking Alien novelization, Origins is the official chronicle of the events that led up to Alien: Covenant. It also reveals the world the colonists left behind.

Thoughts:

It is no secret that I LOVE the Alien franchise and the nightmares it has given me while growing up as well as the sheer majesticness of it all. The perfect organism/killing machine. The creature that Wayland- Yutani goes to great lengths to just get a sample back for weaponizing it. The monumental fuck ups that happens in the process of procuring said sample as well as pre procurement. It has taught me a lot about the CORPORATE world they never thought about teaching me in school. It is a cut throat, dog eat dog out there…

All that being said, while I have been bursting at the seams in previous years to get any form of new movie, it is no surprise that I was monumentally pissed off with Prometheus and later what would be become the abomination that totally killed the magic for me personally. Gone was the mystery of the Engineer who got his chest Bursted in Alien, replaced by the an android that developed a god complex and created the first prototypes from the residue of what was left after the Prometheus movie. Alien Covenant the movie left me with such a bad taste in my mouth and there are a lot of reasons I could go into. I think I will try to in a next chapter or so.

Alien Covenant Origins was a book that came out a little before, or after the Covenant movie. Who ever thought it would be a good thing to release a book before a movie came out where certain characters were introduced and had pretty interesting back stories that was never made known in the movie was an Idiot.In the we just got a bunch of space jockeys that were bland and uninteresting, trying to get from point A to Z without making me feel any remorse for if some one ends up dying. I actually liked this novelization more than I liked the Covenant movie, the best part of it all and a massive plot twist that I do not care to spoil for everyone today is that the Alien did not even feature… Yeah… Lets use the Alien word and a misleading book cover just so we can milk that cash cow a little… Corporate life rule number 1…

I had no problems with the book. It did a great job of actually explaining exactly what the Covenant was. It was an expedition that was heading into space in search of a possible new world that could be colonized. The basic main plot of this book was to introduce us to some of the crew that we were going to meet in the movie. It was done pretty oke ish. It mainly followed main man Lopé in his search for the security team that were going to join the Covenant Expedition while at the same time dealing with a terrorist threat that threatens to bring it all to a stop. Some guy gets nightmares and decides to start a cult called The Earth Savers that have no problem bombing the shit out of Yutani stuctures or sabotaging all their efforts to just get on with the expedition.

You will have seen that I only put Yutani instead of Wayland- Yutani as we all know it should be. The explanation of this is simple at least, as Covenant Origins and the whole Prometheus setting takes place years and years before the first Alien movie even happens. It was kinda cool to see the rivalry between W and Y as each had their own project or ambition to win the race for space first. It was cool that Yutani thought Wayland was behind the sabotages but Wayland was struggling with the same cult at the time. So far there was no talk of the two individual companies ever merging together, it was quit refreshing to see it done and taken care of so professionally.

The last plot part was with the design of Walter, the synthetic that would be joining the crew. Although he had a small part in Origins, his story picks up more in Covenant. I still do not know how he looks the same as the synth that accompanied Shaw in Prometheus that will be featured in Covenant later, as I understand he was manufactured by Wayland and not Yutani. I try to not let that bother me too much as I was just interested to see where the story of origins would stop.

A.C.O was not a bad book. It was great to have gotten through it and to have understood a little bit more of what the hell the Movie tried to be. I still hope the gut that made the decision to release a book and not market it as “read this before you watch the movie” should be fired. Even though we get no actual Alien action, earth Saver guy’s nightmares were interesting enough to keep me from rolling my eyes at such a pathetic name for a cult. I do not know if this review serves any purpose other than sowing more confusion than there was at start, but I do not care too much, I have written about all I could think of as I sat down to type it out just now.

I gave Covenant Origins a 3 out of 5 on Gr. It’ll only come recommended to those that suffered through the movie and wanted some form of answer as to what the fuck was going on as well as other Alien enthusiasts that would rather read a better Alien book where no Alien really features, yet is still way better than the movie.

Remember: ODBD
Out There Be Dragons… Seriously Earth Savers, what even is that for a shitty slogan???

20 thoughts on “Alien: Covenant Origins – Alan Dean Foster

  1. Haha, well…it doesn’t happen very often that we disagree on something lol, but I loved both Prometheus and Covenant. Yep, I know…it’s crazy, but I think a lot of people went into Prometheus thinking they would get another Alien movie. Which…it isn’t😊 That said, I can also understand how people would not enjoy it, and Covenant. That said, I didn’t even know this book existed. I have a great making off book for the film, but I will definitely try to track this one down in order to get some more backstory to the film. Glad you still enjoyed this book though, despite not being a fan of the film 😀

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    1. At the end of prometheus clise to the reveal i wasnt even aware that it was gonna be an alien movie. Prometheus was kinda cool, but covenant just wasnt. I am glad we can agree on disagreeing from time to time. I still have a lot of alien reviews comming…

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      1. Haha exactly! That’s the fun thing in general about movies or pretty much any medium really: everyone experiences it differently! I have some alien stuff coming up too, though probably not earlier than in November. Looking forward to your reviews man: awesome! 😀

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  2. I watched Prometheus without realizing it was an Alien movie. I wasn’t happy when it turned out it was.

    Glad this book was at least 3 stars for you. Foster’s movie novelizations have always felt like a general workman’s job to me. Nothing bad, nothing good, just kind of “is”.

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    1. I must say, he does a pretty good job considering the material he gets to work with. Ive felt his novelitations. Specially those set in this genre were pretty good. Prometheus was a surprise to me as well, but it fell flat pretty quick. Gone was the suspense of Alien and entered was body horror and bad scriptwriting…

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  3. Interesting following your post and the comments, Dave! 🙂 Alien and Aliens to me were great (and I saw them in the cinema when they were released – grey hair alert!), 3 and 4 didn’t do anything for me, but I quite enjoyed Prometheus and Covenant. But, picking up on your point, how the Engineer with the burst chest in Alien fits into the overall film storyline remains a mystery to me (although I can’t rule out that I’m maybe just being a bit thick)!
    Hope things are OK with you! Have you got any news on your driving theory test yet?

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    1. Thanks for checking in John. I am probably as thick as you in the drawing of the conclusion as to the engineer. As for my exam, i am writing in 5 days. I will know the results as soon as my test is finished. At the moment i am failing a lot of the test exams which is frustrating as it is in a third language that I understand, but seem to still make errors in as to what they are asking of me. Hope itll go well. We will have to see.

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  4. Doesn’t really say much for a film if there’s a book you need to read to before it to really get what’s going on 🙄 I am also a big fan of the original Alien movies, the Predator ones too. I honestly don’t know how they fucked up such great material so much in every single modern take (don’t get me started on the unmitigated garbage that was the AvP films 🤮). At least, for me, with Prometheus and Covenant I could pretend they were not Alien films and just enjoy them as silly sci-fi with beautiful scenery and special effects, but as Alien movies… Well, I agree with what you said. Sounds like this book has some things that would have been more interesting to explore than where they went with the films (the cult, the corporate stuff).

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    1. Would be even greater if they made a prequal movie of of this instead of just starting covenant the way they did. I loved Predator as well. The avp’s not so much as the generation it was filmed in was already at the start with all the sjw stuff thrown in. Also the Shtick with anything regarding any thing alien related always having a female lead is getting a bit old… not to sound sexist or anything, the genre just loves making men seem really inadeqaute and dumb, like I know thats the truth, but we are talking sci fi here, make it a bit interesting again why dont you?

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      1. Speaking as a woman, having a shoehorned in “strong female” just for the sake of it, while making the male characters shitty/useless seems all kinds of patronising. I mean, for one thing, I expect you could identify with Ripley in the Alien films just as much as I could identify with the male protagonists of the Predator ones. It doesn’t have to be a woman or a man for the sake of it, it just needs to be a good fucking character!

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