Book Review: Alien Resurrection by Alan Dean Foster

May 2, 2016 Aliens, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Horror 0

Book Review: Alien Resurrection by Alan Dean FosterAlien Resurrection by A.C. Crispin, Kathleen O'Malley, Joss Whedon
Series: ,
Published by Aspect on March 31st 2015
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Genres: Adaptations, Horror, Sci Fi
Pages: 320
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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At the farthest reaches of the solar system, Ellen Ripley awakens on board the space station "Auriga". Her last memory is of her own fiery death. And yet she is somehow alive. Ripley discovers that her "resurrection" is a result of an incredible experiment which has altered both her and the creature she has been carrying. To combat the incalculable alien menace, she teams up with a renegade band of space smugglers.


My thoughts

Ripley is going to beat the crap out of someone. Seriously. I would be so pissed. I think she is just resigned to the fact that the company (in whatever form because this is 200 years later now) is just out to screw her over.

I talked my hubster into watching the movie with me and I am so glad I did but also slightly disappointed. Ripley was amazing in this but the rest of the characters, for the most part, were ho hum. I am glad I read the book prior to seeing the movie. So much made sense and there were a few things that they changed to allow for a more streamline plot.

While in a discussion with my hubby he mentioned that Ripley is very unlucky. I don’t think it is that. She is smart and resilient and determined. Her character changes so much from book one but she is still facing the same old bureaucratic bull crap that she has been for her entire life. I love seeing her growth.

I really like that I have not seen this movies in such a long time. The books made the stories come back to life for me. Not only that but also brought to focus many things that I may not have noticed while just watching the movie. Yet again, the book out does the movie, and this is a novelization!

For book four, Ripley is dealing with something completely different. They have cloned her (how they got her out of lava from book three is not really talked about, but somehow they were able to) and they also cloned her alien baby. OF COURSE THEY DID! I mean why not clone this horrific alien that eats people, bleeds and spits acid, and can survive the apocalypse like huge, carnivorous cockroaches? Makes sense to me! Well, they do and it’s Ripley that is left with the implications of having to choose between races.

I loved being able to hear the alien’s thoughts. The narration and audio did a fantastic job of bringing this hive like creature to life. I talk about cockroaches but in reality, it’s like they are bees. Carnivorous bees that want to do a lot more than just pollinate flowers! It was amazing getting a feel for who they were and how they thought. I did not know until the very end which way Ripley would choose. The narration just made it all the more intriguing to listen to.

I would definitely recommend listening to this. The narration is incredible. And, although I would have loved to hear it with a full cast, the story and the narrator really leads this into a great direction. Fans will love this even more than the already fantastic movies.

This movie was OK but the book was full of tension and great characters.



Rating Report
4.5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.9 / 5
The Author


Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien and Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. He is also a best-selling science-fiction and fantasy author in his own right, including the popular Pip and Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.

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