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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 deal with Permuted Press to publish a trilogy of novels. The first of the trilogy, entitled THE BECOMING, was released in November 2011 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible in paperback, eBook, and audiobook formats. It was also named one of Barnes & Noble’s Best Zombie Fiction Releases of 2011 and Best Apocalyptic Fiction Releases of 2011 by reviewer Paul Goat Allen. In March 2012, she released a related novella entitled THE BECOMING: BROTHERS IN ARMS. The second novel in the series, THE BECOMING: GROUND ZERO, is coming in July 2012 from Permuted Press, with a third novel, THE BECOMING: REVELATIONS, to follow. A fourth and fifth book are currently in the process of being written.
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, and on Goodreads. You can also visit her website at jessicameigs.com.
on Jan. 23, 2012 :
4 1/2 Stars. I love Zombie books and really enjoyed this one. Looking forward to the next 2 in the trilogy. Great Job Jessica!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 06, 2011 :
The Becoming was a thrill ride from start to finish. If you’re a fan of apocalyptic zombie stories, then you absolutely can not miss this one! Jessica Meigs has crafted a fast-paced and suspense-filled story with characters that are likable even when they’re not behaving in a very likable manner. Cade, the lead female character is a badass with a heart – a former Israeli soldier whose skills with weapons are unsurpassed. She reminds me a bit of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley character in the Aliens movies…if Ripley were an Israeli sharpshooter. She’s tough and lethal but still very human and capable of emotion; characteristics which the author portrays with great success. The story begins with Cade and her best friend Ethan essentially running for their lives in a world suddenly gone mad. As new characters are introduced, the dynamics of the group continually evolve, just as they would if the situation were real.
The author has blended the traditional flesh-eating zombie scenario with a few new twists that are unique to this story. I found Meigs’ zombies much more terrifying than the traditional type because they appear to have a certain level of intelligence and the ability to organize and strategize. They are bloodthirsty hunters who stalk their prey in packs before moving in for the kill.
The other terrifying thing about this story is that it’s not an entirely impossible scenario. The disaster unfolds when a deadly virus escapes from the CDC in Atlanta. The Regenerative Psychotic Virus transforms its victims into psychotic cannibals. The regenerative part is hinted at throughout the story but any avid zombie fan can figure out what it means: The virus regenerates victims to the extent that they don’t stay dead when they logically should be. Voila! The result is some of the scariest zombies ever to stalk a post-apocalyptic world.
My only disappointment was the abrupt manner in which the book ended. However, knowing that this is just book one and the second volume is waiting in the wings, it’s just a temporary setback. I will wait eagerly for books two and three because I get the feeling after reading The Becoming that things are just starting to heat up!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)