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Literature: The Becoming
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. The virus infects nearly everyone in its path, turning much of the population of the southeastern United States into 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.

As Cade, Brandt, and Ethan hole up in safe houses, others begin to join them in their bid for survival. When the infected attack and they’re forced to flee, one departs to Memphis in search of answers while the others escape south to Biloxi, where they encounter more danger than they bargained for. And in Memphis, the answers that one man finds are the last answers he wanted, answers that herald a horrific possibility that there may be more to this virus than first suspected.

The Becoming and its sequels are written by Jessica Meigs and published by Permuted Press.

     The Series 
  • The Becoming
  • The Becoming: Brothers in Arms (novella)
  • The Becoming: Ground Zero
  • The Becoming: Revelations
  • The Becoming: Origins (novella)
  • Under Siege


  • Action Girl: Cade is extremely badass.
    • The second book introduces Remy, who is almost as formidable in her own way.
  • Anyone Can Die: Nikki in Ground Zero.
  • Badass: Most of the Survivors, but especially Ethan and Brandt.
  • Badass Israeli: Cade is an experienced Israeli soldier.
  • Dead All Along: Ethan's wife.
  • Death Seeker: Remy doesn't care whether she lives or dies, which surprises Ethan. Showing he doesn't know her at all (since this is something she freely admits to about everyone).
  • Dysfunction Junction: Starting in Ground Zero once romance starts getting involved.
  • Famed in Story: What happens to Ethan after the events of the first book.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Grayson is very jealous of Ethan, even before he discovers he's having sex with Remy.
  • Love Triangle: One starts between Grayson, Remy, and Ethan in the second book. Remy, it turns out, had just been leading Grayson on.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Ethan's quest to find his wife in Book 1#.
    • Seems to be a theme as it happens again in Book 2# with the trip to Atlanta.
  • Ship Sinking: Ethan and Cade in book 2# with a double of Like Brother and Sister.
  • Super Soldier: How the Michaluk virus was created.]
  • Undead Child: The fate of Ethan's niece.
  • The Virus: The Michaluk Virus, of course, is the start of Z-Day.
  • World of Badass: An unusually rare trope for the zombie apocalypse. Everyone who survives, however, gradually becomes a badass of one form or another (or were one to begin with).
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The premise, of course.
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