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 information, Ethan and his friends agree to help. But when they’re suddenly forced to flee from the infected, the cohesion the group cultivated is shattered.
As members of the group succumb to the escalating dangers on their path, new alliances form, new loves develop, and old friendships crumble. In the face of unending horror, one man makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends, while another reveals secrets that could hold the key to humanity’s survival.
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 every corner, the group has found a bit of peace in a “home” they have fortified to be as safe as possible….considering. Supply runs are still a must and that is essentially where our story begins. The majority of the group is out on a run and a visitor shows up “on the doorstep” Avi is a reporter who wants Ethan and his group to help her get to the CDC in Georgia to get some information on the Michaluk Virus…and that’s about as far as I want to go in explanations.
The characters we have come to know are richer and more fleshed out. We learn more about each of them as we experience their highs and lows and, for some, even their breaking points. One of the issues I had in the first book was with characters acting differently than how one would expect a person to act given their background etc, well, that is not an issue in The Becoming: Ground Zero. After a year of dealing in a world where being eaten by your neighbor is a hourly threat the group have their act together and know what they are doing. The dialogue is wonderfully witty at times and at others it is completely heart wrenching. There are so many twists and turns in the plot that I felt like I was on a roller coaster. But just so you know, if you think you have it figured out…you don’t, so don’t even bother.
The Becoming: Ground Zero is a fantastic continuation of the series and, most definitely, worth your time in picking up after reading The Becoming. It contains the same awesome elements of book one but with more action, more emotion, more violence, which, of course, leads to more deaths/kills.
The Becoming: Ground Zero coming soon from Permuted Press (Links will be provided upon release)
Espresso rating: Quad