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 16 days after purchase)