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.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

 I spoke about this book in assembly on Friday as a favourite of mine from the last few years.  Here is the part of the book I read, and also a booktrailer for you to look at.  This is the story of a world changed, when time slowed down, when the seasons went on and on, when time dragged...  this is one girls life as she looks back on the time it all started.

"This was middle school, the age of miracles, when kids shot up three inches over the summer, .... when voices dipped and dove.  Our first flaws were emerging, but they were being corrected.  Blurry vision could be fixed invisibly with the magic of the contact lens.  Crooked teeth were pulled straight with braces.  Spotty skin could be chemically cleared.  Some girls were turning beautiful.  A few boys were growing tall. ...... It was that time of life:  Talents were rising to the surface, weaknesses were beginning to show through, we were finding out what kinds of people we would be.  Some would turn out beautiful, some funny, some shy.  Some would be smart, some smarter.  The beloved, I sensed, would be beloved for life.  And I worried that loneliness might work that way too.  Maybe loneliness was imprinted in my genes, lying dormant for years but now coming into full bloom."


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