For fans of the world Ridley Scott created in 1979 with Alien, Prometheus left many wanting (I still think it was pretty sweet, flawed certainly, but better than many give it credit for), and Prometheus 2, however that works out, is still a ways off. Later this year we’ll get the video game Alien: Isolation, which looks to capture the tense, claustrophobic, isolated feel of the film, but those among us who aren’t into such distractions are our of luck. While it doesn’t fill this void exactly, James A. Moore’s new official tie-in novel Alien: Sea of Sorrows does a solid job of delivering the thrills you crave.
More than anything, Sea of Sorrows aims to reveal some of the secrets and background information about the Alien universe. This includes the ubiquitous Weyland-Yutani Corporation, who is more concerned with profits and their public image than any kind of safety or morality. And it also digs into sinister Xenomorphs as well, delivering new details about them as well. This is a double-edged sword, and provides some cool additions to the canon, but on the other side, there a stretches in the logic and connections the narrative seeks to draw that can be difficult to look past.