An electrifying adventure set in the Alien universe.
It’s not easy having two renowned xenobiologists for parents: Hopping from planet to planet can be a drag. But 17-year-old Olivia Shipp has spent her life learning about each planet’s magnificent flora and fauna and never fails to find wonder wherever they go. Unfortunately, her beloved twin sister, Viola, has a debilitating autoimmune disorder, which keeps her mostly indoors. Now they’re on an “Earth-like planet” called Zagreus, and Olivia is crushing hard on beautiful colonist Kora Burton. When Kora nearly gets devoured by a lion-worm on their first date, Olivia figures things can only get better from there, right? Wrong. Olivia’s father transmits a shocking message from a dead ship that he was sent to scout: Something deadly has escaped and is heading straight for Zagreus. Those familiar with Alien mythology know what happens when famously vicious creatures and humans clash, so expect generous blood and gore. Olivia and Kora are smart, strong young women, and their romance, born in the midst of unspeakable horror, is believable. This swift survival tale is peppered with heart-stopping chase scenes and twists that stay true to the Alien ’verse. The Shipps are white, and Kora is brown skinned and biracial, with a white mother and a father of unidentified ethnicity.
A worthy and terrifying addition to a classic sci-fi/horror franchise that will appeal to a new generation of fans. (Science fiction. 14-18)