Keith Staskiewicz
July 19, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Fiend

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Peter Stenson
publisher
Crown
genre
Fiction

We gave it a C

Shambling, scabrous figures rotting from the inside out and driven by an insatiable hunger — there are more than a few similarities between meth heads and zombies. Stenson exploits all of them in his first book, Fiend, about a handful of tweakers who survive the undead apocalypse. Fiend is a drug novel trying to be a zombie novel or vice versa, but ends up not much of either. The prose is the over-workshopped kind that trades basic punctuation for clunky profanity and allows gritty-sounding lines that just make you grit your teeth, like “I smell my breath. It’s like abortions.” Just say no. C

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