Book Review: Fiend by Peter Stenson

 When Chase sees the little girl in umbrella socks savaging the Rottweiler, he’s not too                 concerned. As someone who’s been smoking meth every day for as long as he can remember,  he’s no stranger to such horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations. But as he and his fellow      junkies discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived. And  with  Chase’s life already destroyed beyond all hope of redemption, armageddon might              actually be an opportunity – a last chance to hit restart and become the person he once  dreamed of being. Soon Chase is fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of  becoming her hero among the ruins. But is  salvation just another pipe dream?

Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling anti-hero,  Fiend is at once a  brilliant portrait of addiction, a pitch-black comedy, and the darkest, most  twisted love story you’ve ever read – not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.Book Information

Kindle Edition

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQ1DINM
  • £3.95

Paperback

  • 304 pages
  • Publisher: Windmill Books (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099558831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099558835
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • £7.19

About Author

Peter Stenson is an MFA candidate at Colorado State University. His stories and essays have been published in The Sun, Confrontation, Post Road, Fugue, Passages North, The Pinch, Blue Mesa Review, Upstreet, and elsewhere.

Review

I would like to start this review by thanking Blogging for Books for allowing me to read this book and I am so glad that I was able to because although it took me a while to read I really enjoyed it. Which is why I am giving 4 stars out of 5.

It took me a while to read this book because although the authors writing style immersed you in the story because of the fact that the story was about a group of drug addicts stuck in the middle of the zombie appocalypse, who were tripping most of the time so there were times when  you didn’t know when the things were actually happening or whether it was part of their hallucination. I didn’t think about it while I was reading but there was a link the mindlessness of the zombies and the drug addicts and the author showed this in a very clever way because it didn’t really occur to me until I had finished reading the book and thought about it for a while.

The author developed the characters and the world that they were in so well that you felt that you were actually part of the story as well as making me aware of how dark and scary it would be to be the non living dead alive when the zombie appocalypse happened.

I enjoyed this book and will be re reading it again at some point as well as possibly buy a paperback copy so I can have it on my shelf. I will also recomend it to others/buy it as gifts for other people.