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One year after the Michaluk Virus decimated the southeast, Ethan Bennett and his six companions have become as close as family while facing the trials of living in a drastically changed world. Then a mysterious woman arrives at their safe house in Alabama, pleading for assistance in getting into Atlanta. Despite their suspicions that the woman is hiding important informati ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 2012 by Permuted Press
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Rhiannon Frater
This is a 4.5 review.

What can I say? Jessica Meigs can write a kickass zombie story! The second book in her THE BECOMING series picks up about a year after the first book ends. The leap forward threw me off just a little, but she brings the readers up to speed very quickly on the changed dynamic of the characters from the first book. Once the reader has a good handle on just what is going on in the world of the survivors, Jessica upends the whole thing and sends our characters scrambling.

One of
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Faye
I received this ARC for honest review by the author. Wow , where do I start ? This book starts with the diary entry of Avi Geller , including a short synopsis of what had occurred over the past year since the Michaluk virus struck. Avi has been tasked with making contact with our band of survivors and getting them to Atlanta, to the CDC to try and find out what exactly happened.
There is a lot of mistrust and suspicion and high feeling. Half the group want to return, half refuse.
Things come to a
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Michal Misztal
Finished yesterday. 3rd installment of the saga (yes, I've read Brothers in Arms which is a spin-off, but it counts!). I've approached it with mixed feelings as I do believe in the "continuation syndrome" which usually applies to second book released after great opening.

Jessica's book, The Becoming, stole some time of my life. I was positively surprised with great dialog lines and attention to details. Good news for the fans: Ground Zero is equally good! Story progresses further and game is on t
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Zee
I must admit that I did not find this one nearly as entertaining as the first.

The main problem for me was that I could not get over the reason they went to Atlanta. To me it just didn't make any sense. Here you have a group of people who survive and try to help other survivors but instead of continuing this mission they decide to travel to what is believed to be the mecca of the apocalypse aka Atlanta for the flimsiest of reasons. The moment they made that decision I withdrew a bit. In fact by t
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Patrick D'Orazio
The Becoming: Ground Zero is the sequel to The Becoming, which is an apocalyptic zombie novel set in the American south, and introduces us to Ethan, a Memphis cop, Cade, a former sniper for the Israeli military, and Brandt, a marine who was stationed at the CDC, where the initial viral outbreak occurred after an experiment goes wrong, before he managed to escape while the plague is tearing apart the city.
The first novel explores the relationship between these three characters and some other sur
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Tony
Just finished my advanced copy (apparently I'm special! lol) of this. Thanks Jessica! I immediately uploaded it to my Nook, only to have my wife steal it away from me so she could read it. I got stuck reading it on my phone any free minute I had the time. We both really enjoyed it, and can't wait for the third book. I don't want to give any spoilers since the book doesn't come out for another month or two but if you liked the first book you'll LOVE this one. A good amount of time has passed sinc ...more
Heather Faville
You know how sometimes you watch a movie or read a book and then the sequel comes out and you want to see it, yet you don’t want because you often get disappointed? Yeah, forget that feeling when you think about reading The Becoming: Ground Zero Jessica Meigs’ next installment in The Becoming series.

As The Becoming : Ground Zero begins, we learn that nearly a year has past since the end of book one (The Becoming) . While still on edge and always on the lookout for the threat lurking around ever
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Craig
Dec 24, 2014 Craig rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Much of the problems I noticed in the first book popped out at me again in this book. Too many times I found every character smirking. It is an overdone expression in the series. The author did get a bit better at the blowing out a breath phrase, though it often was replaced by 'huffing out a breath'.

The characters were a bit more developed and the story line filled out a bit more, but I was too reminded of Resident Evil as I read along. The story does drag you along so it is not all bad.

The si
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Vanessa theJeepDiva
Ground Zero begins about a year after the first book ends. Readers are immediately swept into a bit of chaos as the seven person group has an unexpected visitor with an outrageous request. Avi wants Ethan, Cade, Brandt and the rest of the group to take her into Atlanta, Ground Zero for the Michaluk Virus. Brandt has seldom spoke of what he saw there when he fled. He knows the horrors that wait there first hand. The group has formed a solid bond over the past year. For the most part they have a ‘ ...more
Elle Chardou
This is one of the best zombie books I have ever read. I know that says a lot but I love a good horror story. I devour Jack Kilborn, Blake Crouch, and Kealan Patrick Burke like it is going out of style.

Ms. Meigs has created perfection with this novel. After an ending that didn't quite sit well with me in The Becoming, she comes back with perfection. Cade, Brandt, Ethan and Co. are asked by a mysterious stranger to make the journey back to Atlanta but her motives are unclear and they have every r
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Jonathan
The Becoming: Ground Zero is the follow up to Jessica Meig's The Becoming. It's the continued saga of a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse. I loved The Becoming (if you haven't read it go and get it now ... you won't regret it) and I have been greatly anticipating the follow up. It doesn't disappoint. The group is recruited to go to Atlanta under a ..hmmm... suspicious premise... at least to me. But as always with any group there are dissenting opinions and they finally agree to go. This ...more
Martha R.
This is an overall review of the series thus far. While I appreciate her general creativity and story telling ability, the immaturity in her writing wore on me. The second book was more difficult for me to finish but I will still read the third because not finishing things makes me anxious...AND...i need to know how it ends... Also, there is an overuse of southern phrases and dialect that come across as forced. Yes, I understand she is from Alabama, but it isnt believable that the educated/world ...more
C.T. Phipps
The Becoming series is an excellent zombie-action novel series. It's lighter than softer than the desperate struggles of The Walking Dead but still has plenty of dark moments. At heart, the biggest difference between The Becoming series and other zombie novels is its heroes know what they're doing (for the most part). I think it's one of those rare series which would make a good action movie or video game.

Ground Zero has the premise of our heroes being tracked down by a woman who claims to hav
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Dominique
I have never written a review but felt I had to after reading this book. The first book was good and I looked forward to reading the second. After reading the second, I can't wait till the third book is published. I finished reading the book about 3 weeks ago and can't get it out of my mind. No matter what book I've picked up since then my anticipation for the third book in the series has not diminished. Please Jessica, keep writing this series, there is nothing out there that compares.
Arshad
Not as satisfying as the first book, I just didn't believe that this group of survivors would be willing to throw their lives away on a fruitless errand for someone they just met. Otherwise, I liked the development of the character interactions in the wake of the off-screen year that passed between The Becoming and Ground Zero. Looking forward to more context promised in the next book.
Bobby Cooper
I read book one and it was great so Id thought Id try this one out. Im glad I did. It was even better than the first!!
Ice
Great book - can't wait for part 3!
Brian Clopper
I truthfully felt this was a 3.5 book. The author writes strong zombie fiction as evidenced by her first book, which really moved along and hummed.

This second book suffers from taking to long to get to any challenge. A good portion of the book is spent breaking into homes and checking if each of the characters is okay. Lots of wrangling over why they are heading to Atlanta and of all their suffering. I get that this would be on a survivor's mind, but this book touched on it at the expense of mo
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Katreena Swenke-Howell
OMG

Wow! This was awesome. A lot I didn't expect happened. Jessica Meigs had to be one of the best authors I've read in a long damn time.
Kelli Wilson
3.5 it's picking up
Nooked
The 2nd book is better than first, thanks
Shane
The series continues to get better. Book 2 is a wild ride! Heartbreaking at points, but a solid read.
Hayat
Jessica Meigs's follow up to her debut novel is even better than I'd anticipated. The character development and multiple POV and plot twists keep you at the edge of your seats. Ground Zero is full of heart stopping action, zombie madness, tragedies, romance, sinister plots, secrets and kick ass heroines and everything else you could wish for in a zombie book. This book is turning out to be one of the best zombie books I've read so far.
Ellen
One of the best series that I've read.
Robert
First read 08-19-2012; want to re-read before picking up #3 "Revelations".
Re-read, all caught up and ready to proceed. Quite the story; pretty interesting if not a little tedious at times. The ending to book two was a surprise although I should have expected it had I been thinking about it. Well, on with book three and the quest for the cure!
Sherry
All I can say is WOW! This book was fantastic. I was on an emotional roller coaster ride throughout the entire book. This is one I did not want to put down and stayed up into the wee hours to read. The next installment can't get here fast enough!
Shirley
Jessica Meigs really delivers and is one of my favorite authors. Always anxiously waiting for the next book which always seems to take too long. Each book just gets better. Thank you Jessica
Shannie
OMG! I couldn't stop reading The Becoming: Ground Zero! Bout to start on the next book! Yay's!!!
Shana Festa
Exceptionally well written. I'm waiting impatiently for the next book to come out!
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Jessica Meigs is the author of The Becoming, a post-apocalyptic thriller series that follows a group of people trying to survive a massive viral outbreak in the southeastern United States. After gaining notoriety for having written the series on a variety of BlackBerry devices, she self-published two novellas that now make up the first book of the series. In April 2011, she accepted a three-book d ...more
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