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 is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends, while another reveals secrets that could hold the key to humanity’s survival.
Award-winning voice actor Christian Rummel delivers a thrilling performance of the post-apocalyptic thriller Ground Zero, the second book in Jessica Meigs’s series The Becoming. His resonant voice creates an intimate atmosphere for this disquieting tale of death and destruction. One year has elapsed since the outbreak of the deadly Michaluk Virus. Ethan Bennett and six other survivors have forged a close relationship and live together in a safe house. Their fragile world is threatened when a strange woman appears, asking for help to reach Atlanta. Chaos ensues.
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the ending made up for the rest of the story
first of all, let me say i'm a sucker for zombie books. i'll give any z-book a chance. i downloaded the becoming 2 b/c the first book was entertaining enough. my biggest caveat was the "believability." yes, i'm using the word, "believability," when reviewing a "zombie" story. LOL
well after listening to the becoming 2, i'm still annoyed by the "believability" of the characters' actions. what do i mean? glad you asked! LOL ok...the dead come back to life and start eating people. you lose friends and family. it's a really emotional time. i get it! i feel you. LOL so if you lose you s#!t, i get it. but if you keep losing control of yourself, i'll drop you like a bad habit. sorry, that's just the way it is in a zombie apocylapse. i might not shoot you, but i'll definitely coldcock you, especially if you're my friend, and ESPECIALLY if there are zombies around! LOL
this is what i don't get! ethan was a cop, cade was an idf soldier, and brandt was a marine. why the heck can't they keep their cool? they're supposed to be some of the most disciplined people. throughout the story, they lose control of themselves and yell and holler at each other- e.g. in their safehouse, on the highway, etc...
now, i don't know about you, but i "believe" i would be as quiet as i could in my SAFEHOUSE and on the highway, especially if i was on foot! these outbursts in the worst possible places affect the "believability" of the story.
ok mike...what about the rest of it? alight, i'll tell you if you hold your horses! LOL the becoming 2 picks up about a year after the first book ends, ethan and his team have become somewhat famous for saving people. a mysterious woman named avi shows up, and she wants ethan and his team to escort her to atlanta to find out what the gov't is hiding about the zombie outbreak. as the team heads to atlanta, brandt starts to reveal more about himself and what happened.
the story is bookended with action. as a zombie story, it's ok. what kept my interest were the mysteries around the zombies- e.g. how did this happen, what else is brandt hiding, and why are some of the zombies smarter than others?
like i said, i'm a sucker for zombie books. LOL will i get the 3rd book that's coming out soon? yes! why? b/c the ending of this book hooked me.
however that's not saying that there's still a lot wrong with the story. there's not a lot of zombie action, but there is a lot of inter-personal conflict, which gets tiring. there's no sense of dread from the zombies. there's no zombie hoard to fight or flee from.
overall if you liked the first book, it's more of the same. if you didn't, then come back and read my review when the 3rd book comes out (end of may 2013), and i'll let you know if it's worth listening to book 2.
- Mike Naka