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Resident Evil: Extinction is the novelization of the Anderson film of the same name. Written by Keith R. A. DeCandido, it is the last novel in his series based on the franchise. Uncommon for novelizations, it was published before the release of the film. A Japanese translation by Kazuko Tominaga(富永和子) was published by Kadokawa.

The novel is divided into two parts: "Before and After", and "Fight for Survival". The first seventeen chapters alternate between telling the events immediately after Apocalypse and the beginning of the Extinction film (alternating via odd and even-numbered chapters). The latter half of the book describes the events of the later parts of the film.


Part One: Before and After

"Before" chapters
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17

In the evacuation of Raccoon City, Dr. Jim Kimble is assigned by the Umbrella Corporation to test blood samples for viral infection. He hears rumours that the virus was created by Umbrella, themselves, and that it led to the deaths of all 500 Hive employees under Raccoon City. He is becoming tired from having to process so many evacuees throughout the day; all what keeps him at ease is that the test is designed to make false-negatives impossible, guaranteeing the infection cannot spread. Absentmindedness sets in and he cuts himself on one of the test tubes; he only notices he is bleeding some time after when a Security Division soldier gives him a Band-Aid. Before he can run the test on the sample, an old man collapses outside while awaiting his blood sample to be screened. Kimble has Sergeant Wells move the man's daughter away from him; the old man reanimates as a zombie and bites Wells before officer Jill Valentine kills him. Anderson, the head of security, drags Kimble through the gate to safety; Anderson bluetoothes in to a man named Giddings, ordering the termination of the evacuation. Kimble is then led away by a woman named Zoll, but drops and breaks the old man's test tube. As Major Cain orders the Security Division to shoot at the civilians to get them away from Raven's Gate Bridge, Kimble notices that his bandage fell off when he smashed the beaker.

In the three weeks after the destruction, the reports relating to the T-virus outbreak are swept aside with those of a catastrophic failure at the Raccoon City Nuclear Plant. Alice, who seemingly perished in a helicopter crashed, is successfully revived at an Umbrella facility in San Francisco through the T-virus. When they release her, she kills several people and escapes in a car with Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera. Dr. Isaacs orders the facility to be destroyed as Umbrella staff relocate to their nerve centre in Detroit, Michigan. Hiding out at a motel in Idaho, the fugitives discuss what they can do to prove Umbrella's guilt, given Terri Morales' footage being censured. Alice suggests providing the Treasury Department with the evidence proving Umbrella nuked Raccoon City; since only the President can authorise the use of nuclear weapons, Umbrella would pose a direct threat to the President and thus the United States. Meanwhile, Angie uses her father's computer programming to upload the camera footage to the Internet without it being traced back to the motel. Word spreads through news reports of a viral outbreak in San Francisco, California, the gang realise the T-virus managed to escape quarantine in Raccoon City, or otherwise Umbrella failed a second time at containment. They conclude they can take advantage of the situation to persuade the federal agents hunting them that they were telling the truth; Alice chooses to leave the gang in order to lead Umbrella away from them.

"After" chapters
2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16

Part Two: Fight for Survival

18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, Epilogue

The novel touches upon the fates of Jill Valentine and Angela Ashford, neither of whom appear in the film. A good portion of the book is dedicated to Jill's exploits as a solitary wanderer traveling the wasteland of America.

Jill Valentine subplot

10, 23, 28

A further, untitled story continues throughout the novel, separated by the film's plot. It covers Jill Valentine's liberation of Baltimore from a violent gang concurrent with the main story.


Plot differences

The scene where Alice attacks the Umbrella tent plays out differently in the novel. Whereas she shoots each Security Division member and researcher in the film, the novel has her impale a guard with her kukris, leading him to spray the others with bullets as he falls.


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Resident Evil: Apocalypse Keith R. A. DeCandido novel none