by Peter Stenson

Reviewer Rating:
3
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Fiend, by Peter Stenson, does not differ much from any other apocalyptic, zombie themed book.  There is the typical shocking revelation that the people outside are not normal and want to eat you, the characters realize that everyone but themselves have become zombies, and the rest of the book is spent running away. 
The twist in this horror book is that these survivors happen to be meth addicts.  A former drug addict, the author seems to have written a storyline that closely parallels situations in his previous drug-riddled life.  Several times he draws a comparison to the life of a drug user and that of a zombie; for zombies it’s eating those who have not yet turned, for addicts it’s searching for the next high. 
Despite its recycled themes, this book is great in its explanation of the fascinating relationships of drug-users.  The author was able to show that even though people may be consumed by a chemical they are still emotional beings.  There is the friend who longs to have his family back, and the main character’s ex-girlfriend whose feelings for him are not quite gone even though there is a new man in her life.  I would have enjoyed this book even without the zombies, although they did help drive the plot.
I would not recommend this book for anyone who is young, squeamish, or easily offended as there is no shortage of sexually explicit material or very graphic drug use.  Who might enjoy it?  The same people who find intervention documentaries fascinating, or those who like raw, emotional, violent stories.

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