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Ground Zero (The Becoming #2)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  334 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
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
Michal Misztal
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Zee Wyatt
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Patrick D'Orazio
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Darren Dilnott
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Huge swaths of violence and extreme language, make this action zombie book an absolute winner in my book. Just brilliant from beginning to end. There are too few female post apocalyptic writers about, and i've been saddened to find, that a lot of the current female writers, contribute absolute rubbish. They have a tendency to write post apocalyptic stories without bad language, which ensures wooden characters, robotic dialogue, and forgettable stories.
Jessica Meigs simply storms this genre, and
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, ebook, request, zombies
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
Heather Faville
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Elle Chardou
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
❤ Jane ❤
I'm starting to lose interest in the story as it started to focus on Ethan and his woman. And the characters were falling one by one. I loved the entry of Avi and her attachment to Theo but it was short lived. DNF-ing this as of now.
Bobby Cooper
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bobbys-favorites
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!!
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book - can't wait for part 3!
Justin Robinson
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
The good news is that the writing has improved. The writer cut down on the repetitive description, which helps the action move along more smoothly. The problem is that, like a lot of zombie fiction, it falls into the Walking Dead trap. With no personal conflict coming from the undead, it's left to the characters to bicker. This is perfectly realistic -- stressed out people forced to live together are going to have more than their share of petty disagreements -- but it's not terribly interesting ...more
C.T. Phipps
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
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
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
The Becoming: Ground Zero is the second book in author Jessica Meigs's ongoing zombie series. In The Becoming, Meigs documented the outbreak of the devastating new "Michaluk virus" and how it brought police officer Ethan Bennett, former IDF sharpshooter Cade Alton and Marine Lieutenant Brandt Evans together (along with some fellow survivors). In Ground Zero, a new character convinces the group to abandon their relative safety and head into the heart of zombie territory - the CDC in Atlanta.

The f
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Unlike the previous installment, The Becoming, it took me a while to get into volume two. Nearly all the characters started out entirely unlikable this time, so even though I’d met them in the previous book, it took me a while to get pulled in this time. I was surprised and a little dismayed that Ethan had become the leader of the group, because a) he didn’t seem a likely leader in the last book, and b) he spends much of this book being an asshole. Apparently there are enough living survivors (e ...more
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As with the first book I like where the story is going but some of the charachters were even more annoying than in the first book. I really had to force myself to finish this book because I hoped that the story would become good enough for me to ignore what annoyed me. But it didn't...

What bugged me as well was that it kept being repeated what a tight-knit group they are but there were plenty of examples to show that they really weren't, like 2 guys that can't stand each other or 1 guy thinking
Brian Clopper
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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!
Phil Jones
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Not as good as part 1 as the story does loose a little pace in this book. The action is scaled back and there is a lot of dialogue between various characters. Only at the end does the pace pick up again.

That said I still want to read part 3'and just hope the pace picks up again.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
John Scumaci
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, some twists and turns.
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