The Dog Stars – Peter Heller

Published January 24, 2013 by bibliobeth


Whats it all about?:

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.

What did I think?:

I had high hopes for this novel after reading the blurb and it did not disappoint. Hig and Bangley are wonderful characters that have a lot of depth, and I loved the idea of a dog as a co-pilot! This book worked for me on so many levels – the post-apocalyptic world is described beautifully, and the plot so life-affirming, it was almost my reading perfection.

The only thing I had a slight issue with in this novel was the way it was written. I loved that from time to time it read like Rig’s stream of consciousness, but in parts it felt a bit unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong, I love that style and loved it in this book but sometimes it felt a little strange. I’m not describing it very well but read it for yourself, you may completely disagree.

All in all, it is a brilliant work of fiction and I look forward to Peter Heller’s next offering, I have a feeling its going to be great.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):



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