Alien: River of Pain
(Canonical Alien Trilogy #3)
by Christopher Golden (2013)
This book takes place in the timeline of the Aliens film. At starts with the birth of Newt and ends when she meets Ripley.
It’s set mainly on LV426 (Hadleys Hope) but at the beginning and end describes event involving Ripley in the film.
It takes half the book until the Mesomorphs turn up, then it’s a military action story right to the end when the only person alive is Newt.
The book inherently has problems; We know what the end will be but nothing really surprising takes place. And there are just too many characters. Because of this, it’s the least successful of the Alien trilogy