Alien: Out of the Shadows
(Canonical Alien Trilogy #1)
by Tim Lebbon (2014)
As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell – and trimonite, the hardest material known to man.
When a shuttle crashed into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating – and waiting for suitable prey.
Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors…
This novel takes place between the films Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986). Ripley leaves the Nostromo aboard a shuttle and is picked up 57 years later. Here Ripley is wakened after about 30 years for a visit to LV178. Having Ripley in the story means that we know that she (and her cat) will get back in the shuttle and continue on her journey.
So the fun is working out how she will survive in increasingly difficult situations. There are plenty of characters to dispose of in the usual Aliens franchise manner, and while there are elements of horror through the book it’s more of an action adventure tale.
Well written and a great read for a fan of the Aliens films.