An Atomic Moo Book Review

Now out through Titan Books is a new addition to the Aliens universe! Written by veteran sci-fi author, Alex White, The Cold Forge picks up a short time after the events at Hadley’s Hope (Aliens) on LV-426. Here’s the synopsis:

A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs. With the failure of Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback–the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there’s a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place… the facility known as The Cold Forge. Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there’s a spy aboard–someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. For Dorian, this is the most unforgivable of sins. When found, the perpetrator will be eliminated with extreme prejudice. If unmasked, though, this person may be forced to destroy the entire station… and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first…

To be honest, I wasn’t too excited for another Aliens story. I can’t say I enjoyed the last couple of films in the franchise, and I had a tough time imagining what else a person could do with super fast, acid for blood, murder machines. Turns out, a lot. I actually really enjoyed this book. The Xenomorphs still do their job of ripping innocent people to shreds, but White also added some great characters like the sociopathic auditor, Dorian Sudler, and the near invalided, Blue Marsailis. The two characters made this sort of great yin-yang of powerful versus weak, or ruthless versus cunning. In Sudler, I think White created a better monster than the Xenomorphs, and in Blue he created a protagonist worthy of taking over for Ripley. Sometimes the book did feel like it was crossing ground already covered by Jurassic Park, or the original Alien films, but White’s excellent portrayal of a murderous corporate auditor, and a bedridden genius, gives the story its own legs to stand on. No offense to Blue.

Actually, I really think the worse part of this story is that it’s not the latest film version. Instead of getting a character driven story like The Cold Forge, the last few years we got two Alien stories that somehow (amazingly) made Aliens not alien anymore. Fucking wow.

The book is out now and available in all major books stores or you can buy it online at Titan Books!

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