Published: 29 October 2019
Publisher: Titan Books
Series: Stand Alone?
Format Read: Audible
Venture, a direct rival to the Weyland-Yutani corporation, will accept any risk to crush the competition. Thus, when a corporate spy “acquires” a bizarre, leathery egg from a hijacked vessel, she takes it directly to the Venture testing facility on Jericho 3.
Thou unaware of the danger it poses, the scientists there recognize their prize’s immeasurable value. Early tests reveal little, however, and they come to an inevitable conclusion, they need a human test subject…
Enter Zula Hendricks.
A member of the Jericho 3 security staff, Colonial Marines veteran Zula Hendricks has been tasked with training personnel to deal with anything the treacherous planet can throw their way. Yet nothing can prepare them for the horror that appears – a creature more hideous than any Zula has encountered before.
Unless stopped, it will kill every human being on the planet
Dave, what is this??? Another Alien review( insert eyeroll)??? Seriously, are you sure you are oke??????
Yes my friends, I am very much oke. Apart from that my very short holiday is over now and that I failed my driver’s theory exam by three points and that we are officially dealing with a partial Lockdown, everything is just A OH Kay…
Now that we have that out of the way let’s get to Alien Prototype. This book, I realized just before I sat down to write this review, follows after Alien Isolation as well as a bunch of comics I did not know even exist. The comics apparently follow more adventures of Amanda Ripley and her possible love interest Zula Hendricks? I have already said my piece about the only surviving offspring of the original RIPLEY being cast as a possible lesbian when there are other stories out there that have more Ripley DNA in them thousands of years later. Not that this story had anything to do with Amanda and her possible, not possible love interest. On the contrary this purely focused on the latter where the former did not even really feature apart from a little thought or flash back. Imagine that my friends, an Alien novel with no Ripley featured in it can surely not be an ALIEN book can it?
Well, let’s just say I have been newly educated in the world of bullshitery… Alien Prototype just kinda started and did not give a shit about the fact if you did or did not read the comics or Isolation. you have another seemingly BADASS chick abducting an Alien egg for a client on a derelict ship taking it to another ship where the shenanigans were going to take place. Knowing your Alien Franchise by now, you should know that humans and Aliens clearly do not mix well, the one is the perfect killing machine and the other a seemingly intelligent organism that goes completely dumb at the mention of money and personal gain. Anyhow egg hatches, Alien escapes and blood and gore ensues. This has been the case of many an Alien movie, book, game or whatever media it has been able to get transcribed too.
Corona in Space
I have to say, I had no problems with the book itself, it is only in hindsight that it may come across that I am a bit acidic (whooooo, look at me making puns all a sudden) towards it. Prototype had a pretty good premise, following on the Alien 3 thought process, the process being that the Alien takes on certain aspects of whatever host it hatches from. In Prototype said Alien hatches from a human host that recently recovered from new space faring disease known as Cellular Necrosis, a virus that attacks a person’s nerves- as well as muscle system. Combining that with the the Chestburster that takes on the virus and makes it it’s own thing it quickly turns into a sickly pox carrying Alien later that, not only has the primal urges of feeding, procreating, but now also has a new urge to spread the virus on top of the others that came before. Said virus can be ascribed to a thing that can be spread through the air and completely eating flesh to the bone. This makes the new Necromorph even more deadly than the Aliens that have come before it.
Waggoner knows the Alien worlds well, but I can not help but feel that this could have been a lot better than what I got. Yes the premise and the story was great, but the execution was done poorly. Why was Amanda not part of this adventure? Why did I have to read about characters that bared resemblances to other characters in the franchise, yet I was not particularly rooting for during the whole of the novel? These questions are not easy to answer, but I get that any publishing or film company will forever be on the lookout to milk the cash cow that is the Alien Franchise, they are very much like Wayland-Yutani looking to get their hands on an Alien in that regard… Story wise it was not bad, I mean I did not suffer through it at all, apart from the narrator being the same person that did the reading of Isolation. Over enunciating every single word just grated on my nerves and I was starting to feel like I was slowly contracting cellular necrosis…
Some parts that stood out was seeing through the eyes of the alien again. There were some very humane androids featured in here, some I actually rooted more for than I did for the main characters. I wouldn’t say one needs to have read the comics, but I find it a bit frustrating that not even Good Reads gives you any indication that this follows on something, it might be jarring for the next generation to get their fix on anything Alien if they do not have a little background on it all at least. I ended up giving Prototype a 3 out of 5 on GR, it was not bad, but it could have been a lot better if Titan Books and Blackstone Publishing put more effort into trying to creating new exiting stuff for the Alien Franchise.
Hope you are all doing well.