BOOK REVIEW: Fiend

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4/5 stars

I received this book from Penguin Random House as part of their Blogging for Books Program.

Combine the drug dealing and mistrust of Breaking Bad with the epic zombie wasteland of the Walking Dead and you will find yourself in the world of Fiend.  Two boys, addicted to meth, find themselves in the middle of the end of the world.  When they first realize it they think it’s just a bad trip but as the book goes on it becomes more apparent that they are really experiencing a zombie apocalypse.  
I rather enjoyed the world that Stenson created and how he allowed the characters to develop.  I also really enjoyed the fact that he used a location that I was very familiar with.  I also was happy to see that Stenson addressed the fact that drug addiction, especially to drugs like meth, fracture someone’s world and change who they are.  Even though the characters are friends with each other for the most part they realize that drug addiction has created a person that they cannot trust because they are only thinking of getting their next fix.  
The only issue I had with this book was that occassionally I found the main character to be a bit annoying.  Also I had to get used to the fact that the talking between characters was just written with indents instead of quotations.
Other than those minor things I was very happy with this book overall.

 

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