Published: 23 May 2017
Publisher: Titan Books
Series: Alien Chronological Order #1
Format Read: Audible
The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.
When they uncover a threat beyond their imaginations, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Acclaimed author Alan Dean Foster also returns to the universe he first encountered with the official novelization of the original Alien film. Alien: Covenant is the pivotal adventure that preceded that seminal film, and leads to the events that will yield one of the most terrifying sagas of all time.
Following where Origins left off, the crew of the Covenant are on their merry way to Oregea-6 on their quest for colonizing a possible new Earth. Stuff happens and they receive a distress call out of nowhere and decide to put colonization on the back burner and try locate the person in distress. Going on the the distress signal of “Home, take me home, country roads, take me home”. I shit you not… Jhon Denver got lost in space? Seems legit, this is Alien by the way, nothing wrong with a little country roads…
Crew sets down on an unmarked planet and find out that they could even make this their home world. I mean somehow, someone has already planted wheat, the air is breathable ( as far as they know). What they do not know is that there are possible spores that can infect you and is able to make it possible that a organism just somehow bursts out of your back or emerges from your throat like you had a bad case of the morning sickness and literally puke your lungs out. Where does all this come from? The answer too it all comes from as far as the Prometheus movie. It was never explained in there, nor here so much, but having seen both that and Covenant I had a pretty clear picture of how things clicked into one another. The poor crew of Covenant, not so much. They got their asses handed to them on an acidic bone platter…
Alien Covenant is the novelization of the film by the same name. I am not here to do a book/movie review, I think I clearly stated my views on the prequel movies that lead up to the first Alien film. If you took out the Alien part of this series it would be just an oke sci fi movie, but seeing Alien in there you would expect to at least get a glimpse of some of the famous Alien forms within the Franchise. Yet we got some other new, not yet known alien being, which was understandable as this book/movie takes place years and years before Ripley was even a twinkle in her father’s scrotum. I have to say, after reading this novelization I am prone to being a bit more lenient towards the film as much that was written down gave me much more information than what the movie gave me to start with. Alan Foster knows the Alien universe pretty well and handled the characters pretty well in my opinion. I even stated on GR after I finished that this was a lot better than the movie that I got to see. Even knowing what was going to happen as each scene played out, I still had a lot more entertainment than what the film originally gave me. The characters were a lot less cardboard cutouts of your stereotypical space faring humans. The android Walter as well as David (from the Prometheus film/book) and their interactions with one another gave me so much more to go on. I do not know if the book came before or after the movie but I definitely enjoyed this one a lot more.
More than that I do not know what to say about the novelization about a movie that I have seen, it plays out exactly as the movie did, expect for a few more interesting parts coming from the book’s side. I’ll recommend this for people that have not read the book or seen the movie yet, but it is not a must. It can be hit or miss for anyone. I still say, if you take the Alien part out, this would still be an OK sci fi, but just by marking it as an Alien book/film is a setup for disaster, at least that is my stance on things. I gave this a 3 out of 5 on GR.
“You stink of humanity,’ he murmured, ‘but I’ll love you just the same.” If ever I ran into a faulty android like David, even if it bares the name that my name derives from, I’ll be sure to reply with, “at least I’m not an asshole” before I hard reset his ass with an EMP…