Resident Evil

Author: Keith R.A. DeCandido
Pocket Star Books
RRP 5.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50
ISBN 0 7434 9349 4
Available 01 November 2004

Failure of the Hive to contain the Umbrella Corporation's most deadly viral creation has led to an outbreak of apocalyptic proportions. Now the streets of Racoon City swarm with the living dead. Jill Valentine and several others are determined to escape the city, and their one chance is the only survivor of the Hive - a young woman named Alice...

Resident Evil: Apocalypse continues the story of Resident Evil: Genesis, and thanks to a more involved screenplay by Paul W. S. Anderson, is a better read than its predecessor. However, there is one glaring anomaly. The book begins with a passage lifted verbatim from Resident Evil: Genesis. Granted, in cinema, some sequels begin with scenes from the movie before, but here, in print, the sense of a lazy Copy/Paste is difficult to ignore.

As with Genesis, Apocalypse is a serving of low-fat horror. I half-expected to a see a teenage-friendly rating stamped on the jacket, like you might see on the cover of a DVD. The simple, though articulate and clear, writing style is also no doubt targeted at a certain demographic.

In short, the book, like the film is a serving of dumb entertainment.

Pete Boomer

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