Zombie Games (Origins) by Kristen Middleton is a fast paced YA romance set in the zombie apocalypse. 17-year-old Cassandra Wild, aka The Wild One, is both a firearms and martial arts expert. When an untested flu vaccine causes rampant zombie-ism, Wild leaps into action to protect her family and help other survivors. She’s aided by Bryce, a 20-year-old martial arts instructor who wows the women with his six-pack abs and slays zombies with fists and feet registered as deadly weapons (o.k., I totally made that part up. His feet and fists are lethal, but may not be registered in the big book of deadly weapons).
Of course the zombie apocalypse isn’t enough excitement. Wild and gang save the one girl in school she’d have gladly left for zombie bait, Eva. Eva is gorgeous, rich, and shallow enough to be more worried about making Bryce her next boyfriend than getting her hands dirty with zombie brains.
The majority of the story revolves around Wild trying to find her family and she is fearless in this quest. This is a fast read, partly because of its length but mainly because of its pace. Lots of movement, action, and tense situations kept me turning pages to the end.
My only complaint is that the zombie outbreak is blamed on an untested flu vaccine. As a healthcare provider, and someone who routinely gives vaccinations, the premise doesn’t work. I read carefully, trying to figure out if the author had some sort of anti vaccination agenda, but couldn’t find one. Since this is only book 1, perhaps in later books there will be a better or different explanation of the outbreak. Still, Zombie Games Origins was compelling enough to drag me past my disbelief and take me for an amusing and scary ride. Fast, fun and FREE means you should get over to Amazon and get your copy today.