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The Dog Stars

by Peter Heller

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Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.
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I loved Gary Paulsen's The Hatchet as a kid, and this feels like that book all grown up. It's a tale of one man's struggle with loneliness and survival in a world where most of the population has been wiped out by disease and the chaos that follows it. It's poetically written with powerful realism. A lovely and engaging book. ( )
  mvolz | Jul 10, 2022 |
Reason read: ROOT, RandomCAT: Dog Days of Summer challenge,Bingo features a dog
I've had this book since 2018 so I was happy to finally read it. I do like Dystopian/post apocalyptic books and this is one of those. In this one, populations have been wiped out by a man made viral accident, a super flue (sounds familiar?). This was written in 2012. Station 11 also is a post epidemic, 2014. So did these authors and these books promote the current not so pandemic and the government use of emergency measures. The book offers hope, violence, sex not handled so well. This is the first book by this author for me. I would read more. ( )
  Kristelh | Jul 6, 2022 |
Like a lot of highly touted books, I found Heller's to be a bit disappointing. It takes a long time to get started, for one thing, and in the end the plot line is somewhat simplistic, hard to believe, and full of coincidences and wish fulfillment. The narrator, one of the survivors of an epidemic that kills most of the world's population, is also a bit unconvincing in his relationships with others (except for his beloved dog)--and he has absolutely no sense of time, which leads to the book's final (again wish fulfilling) events. The language of the book, while poetic (especially when he is quoting Chinese poetry) is sometimes effective and moving, but at other times is so totally removed from how folks actually speak that it doesn't help the novel's sense of reality. The best scenes, by far, are those of violence, when the narrator and his current ally have to defend themselves. Good thing he has allies who turn out to be gun nuts or Navy Seals (so sick of that trope). Compared to Cormac McCarthy's The Road, The Dog Stars is like a B-Movie. We do learn a bit about fuel for airplanes, however. I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was excellent. ( )
  datrappert | Jun 11, 2022 |
Whoa. This amazing book, which demands to be read s-l-o-w-l-y (due to Heller's inspired choice to subtly alter the protagonist's language, to reflect the fact that he's had almost no-one to talk to in nine years), is a perfect blend of the end-of-the-world brutality of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, with the loveliness of Nevil Shute's On the Beach. Extraordinary, realistic, and profoundly moving. ( )
  FinallyJones | Nov 17, 2021 |
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Heller's writing is stripped-down and minimalist, like a studio apartment in Sparta. It's an Armageddon book as written by Ernest Hemingway. The future is spare. If you see an adjective, kill it.
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Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

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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.
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