The Becoming

The Becoming

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by Jessica Meigs
     
 

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The Michaluk Virus is loose.

In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the Michaluk Virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. Most of the population of the southeastern United States have become homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people—Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade

Overview

The Michaluk Virus is loose.

In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the Michaluk Virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. Most of the population of the southeastern United States have become homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people—Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines—band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934861851
Publisher:
Permuted Press
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

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 deal with Permuted Press to publish a trilogy of novels. The first of the trilogy, entitled THE BECOMING, was named one of Barnes & Noble's Best Zombie Fiction Releases of 2011 and Best Apocalyptic Fiction Releases of 2011. Jessica lives in semi-obscurity in Demopolis, Alabama. When she's not writing, she works full time as an EMT. She enjoys listening to music and spends way too much time building playlists for everything she writes. When she's not rocking out at concerts or writing or working, she can be found on Twitter @JessicaMeigs, on Facebook at facebook.com/JessicaMeigs, and on Goodreads at goodreads.com/jessicameigs. You can also visit her website at www.jessicameigs.com.

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Becoming 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
BlkBear More than 1 year ago
I have not read a lot of e-books, either on my computer or smart phones. Recently got a B&N gift card and used it on on Jessica Meigs' first novel, and I must say that I'm impressed. It keep my interest, and I finished it on my smart-phone in just a few hours between breaks at work. And for me, any story that gets a movie with sights and sounds playing in my head as I read it, is G double O D "GOOD". I like the "Day in the life" style the story has started out with, just dropping in on people, having to dealing with something that comes at them from out of nowhere. You just drop into their lives right before hell breaks loose, and you go for the ride from there.
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
As odd as it is to say, fans of any genre like realism in their fiction. This is harder to do the more fantastic the genre - science fiction, fantasy, etc. Because much of dystopian literature has as its origin real life, the way the future becomes dystopic and what happens in that future is of vital importance.  The Becoming is the first of a series of stories by Jessica Meigs (in fact, this is her first published story). We start in Atlanta where a marine lieutenant by the name of Brandt Evans is fending for his life on the streets after the CDC has botched containment of its Michaluk Virus and has infected the entire city. Meanwhile, Ethan Bennett has celebrated being promoted to major in the Memphis PD. It doesn't take long for the proverbial poop to hit the fan as the virus begins morbid migration across the southeast US.  At first, the fact that Ethan's neighbor Cade Alton is a former member of Israel's IDF causes one's suspension of disbelief to reach for his challenge flag. However, Meigs does provide the requisite backstory to the character so that your SoD can calm down.  The action runs between Memphis and Biloxi, MS but there are no dead spots in the action. Characters are introduced at frequent enough intervals to keep the action fresh and the plot moving. Meigs injects part of herself into the character of an EMT by the name of Theo (which the author is on a part-time basis). In my opinion, this is a great move and one I have not seen in any zombie novels. The characters realize that Theo's medical training is just as big an asset as have military training and big guns.  The interplay between Ethan, Cade and Brandt is often fraught with tension, and the arguments between them are shown to affect the other characters. The level of human interaction in this story is honest and believable. The main weakness is the lack of real fighting between the characters and the infected. There is no real gross out factor which does give a young adult novel vibe to it. I am willing to withdraw this objection if succeeding stories get more action. To me, this is a strong first effort and gives me reason to want to continue to read the next book in this saga. BOTTOM LINE: Rookie author pens good story with great pacing. This zombie story is worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This started outa bit slow and characters are not all they could be, but even with that i am reading the next book after all how could i not.? You have finish what you started. Im hoping it picks up a bit more.
tonypNY More than 1 year ago
I have over 30 Permuted Press books and I haven't read a bad one yet. The Becoming is another must read from them. Great characters and great action. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Home run on your first book Jessica. Congrats.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
The zombie craze exploded in the last few years and unfortunately you will come across those that are not worth the read, but The Becoming is NOT one of them. From the beginning it hooks you right into the action and it's non-stop. Jessica Meigs pens her characters very believable in the very interesting story line. Just be warned that when you reach the end, you won't be able to wait for the sequel!
capiam1234 More than 1 year ago
Fast, fun, and zombies Following the outbreak of a quick spreading virus, the struggle for a few of the survivors has never been this fun to read. Permuted Press has been the safe haven for zombie lovers. If you're looking for seasoned or up and coming authors depicting the dead taking over every facet of our lives then Permuted Press is the place to go. This brings us to Jessica Meigs, this rookie author released The Becoming earlier in two installments,The Becoming: Outbreak and The Becoming: Safe House. The fans loved them and now she has been given the ability to tell this story to a wider audience She has turned this story into a trilogy which I can't wait for the next installments. So what do we get in this first part? Yes of course, we have zombies that hunt, strategize, and scream in pain while they try to capture their next dinner all set in southern areas of Memphis and Biloxi. The zombie trend is in full swing and there is no cure in site. The Michaluk virus has been let loose and Atlanta was the first city to fall. It quickly grows like wildfire. Ethan and Cade best friends for the past seven years are forced to survive despite overwhelming loss. The book reads like a fast spreading virus, where you can't put the book down because you know that by doing so you find that the virus has consumed everying before you know it. The first half details the onset of the outbreak and introduces us to Cade, Ethan, and Brandt, the three main characters throughout the story. You're easily swept up n the pandemonium that hits Memphis and instantly feel the sudden loss of life that quickly occurs. The second half details the relations some of the survivors create as they are forced together in order to make it through the chaos. The survivors meet numerous other individuals who all contribute in some way for the whole group to overcome the virus. Many questions start to occur that the author is reluctant to give, perhaps this will be divulged in one of the next two books of this trilogy. I've rated this a very strong 4 star rating. I only had 2 reservations that kept it from a 4.5. The cover art didn't do the story justice. And the transition between the first and second half left me a bitter feeling since the characters actions changed dramatically that didn't coincide with how they were developed earlier. Afterwards it worked out and the climax was well worth it. Overall a fun and delightful read especially coming from such a young aspiring author that one can hope to see a lot more from her in the future.
Fan-of-Matheson-and-King More than 1 year ago
More! More! More! Have to say that I am intrigued. (Spoiler alert!) Dont necessarily like the relationship between Ethan and Cade, or the fact that Ethan didnt even try to go into the hospital after Anna or really look for his mom (coward, or oversight by author?) but I am still very much looking forward to the next addition to this story. The only other thing I can add to this is forget the novella and bring out the big guns. That would make Cade, and myself very happy. Makes me think of "I am LEGEND" by Richard Matheson.
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
Ahh Zombies. Who doesn't love a good zombie story? the blood, the brains, the horror! I love it, and I really enjoyed reading this zombie novel too. What first drew me to the novel when I got the invitation to join the blog tour for the book was the cover. It really intrigued me and I like how it really seemed to fit with the theme of the novel and now after reading the book I really think it suits it perfectly. I really enjoyed the way that Meigs created her post-zombie apocalyptic world and the way that she created her three main characters Cade, Brandt and Ethan and I think that she did a pretty bang up job in the writing department. The Becoming has everything you would expect from a zombie thriller, gore, adventure, thrills etc. but for me the way the author approached it and wrote it was superb. I mean I haven't read many zombie novels but this one for me stands apart from the rest. I really enjoyed the authors "voice" and all throughout the book I felt as if I were in it with her characters. To me that means the author is a good one because not every book is able to make me feel as though I am actually right there in the midst of the blood, gore and adventure. I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed the book I'm already itching to read the author's other books! I highly recommend this read to anyone who likes horror, zombie, dystopian, post-apocalyptic novels this one is sure to thrill you and quench your thirst for brains!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the premise of the story is good and has a lot of potential, I was not overly impressed with the execution of the story. At times I found the writing to be a bit off color, and am assuming this to be the authors first novella? The effort is good, and hopefully part two will be a bit more refined and better worked. Not a bad first attempt.
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I really enjoyed this book. I found it by reading a free novella about two of the characters. Good read and enjoyable story.
Tracysvue More than 1 year ago
Good Read, looking forward to the next one.
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Roscopcoletrain More than 1 year ago
This one takes off right where the first left off. It's a wonderful read. If you liked the first book, you need to get this one. Cant wait for the next!
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jowast More than 1 year ago
just downloaded. I loved the first book of this series, cant wait to start reading this one.
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