Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The other book I spoke about in assembly, a great book IMHO.
The Dog Stars is a book about survival, the story of Hig, a man who is nearly alone in the world, except for his neighbour who spends his time developing weapons to defend their territory and his beloved old dog.  Hig has lost everyone he knows, his wife and friends have all died along with much of the rest of the world from a flu mutation which has devastated the world.  He can fly planes, and so has moved into a small airport and is living in the hangar.  He has fuel supplies and is able to fly around and find supplies from time to time, he also delivers supplies to a group of people who struggle to survive out in the wilderness but whom he has a fondness for.  This is the limit of his world, fishing, hunting and flying, and his dog.  Until he sets out on a journey, a journey into the unknown to see what is out there, to investigate a strange static on his radio.

This is an unusually written book, it takes a little while to get used to the writing style, after all Hig has nobody to talk to, what you get is his stream of consciousness.  Highly recommended.

1 comment:

  1. This book is a gem - raw prose and a haunting story. I was riveted, pulled into a deep dark place, and lifted to the dog stars.


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