The Dog Stars - Peter Heller

The Dog Stars

By Peter Heller

  • Release Date: 2012-08-07
  • Genre: Literary
  • Size: 7.54 MB
Score: 4.5
From 764 Ratings

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Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley.
But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists outside their tightly controlled perimeter. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return and follows its static-broken trail, only to find something that is both better and worse than anything he could ever hope for.

The ebook edition contains a reading group guide.


  • Beautiful!

    By Shakira without the Sha
    Loved seeing the world through Hig's eyes. Beautifully written.
  • Highly Recommended

    By Dug go
    All I really ask of a book is that I can't stop reading even when I know I should! This a great story beautifully written. Period.
  • A good read

    By Nvonine
    I definitely enjoyed the book.
  • Perfect.

    By aficianado
    Nature, love, fear, friendship, art. I really loved it. I was sad that it had to end.
  • The Dog Stars

    By tutankuamen
    What a beautiful book. Every year I choose a personal favorite read. The Dog Stars is my favorite book for 2013. It made me feel nearly every emotion in the book, so to speak. It is unforgettable.
  • Fantastic read

    By BookReader2013abc
  • Second time around

    By KatintheGarden
    I just reread this. It was sadder since I knew what was coming but even better than the first time. Instead of 'flying along' in the 'I can't wait to read what happens next' mode, I was able to listen to the lyrical language of the protagonist. Pause with his 'Buts'. And enjoy Hig's journey, not just the end.
  • The Dog Stars

    By Poli&&::
    Wonderful book. Unique style and story
  • The Dog Stars

    By RubenRemus
    A page-turner about manly men who have suffered deeply, and yet somehow find the strength to live on, to fish, to demonstrate mastery with guns and airplanes, to have a best canine friend,and, of course, to bed down beautiful women. Way too Hemingwayesque in rhapsodizing about fishing. I suppose, for some, fishing really is a spiritual/poetic quest. I find this attitude self-indulgent and the writing uninteresting. The prose style felt derivative - of Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy. It reads fluently, and is not annoying, but still... Bottom line: This book did not move me with the force of literature. The tone and content are too serious to be considered "light entertainment," but this book is mere entertainment, nonetheless.
  • Post Apocalyptic

    By Mountain Mama 3
    This post apocalyptic fiction shows a violent world, where the survivors seem to have lost their humanity. Against the odds, the main character manages to keep his intact (mostly). The author's stylistic choice is unusual. For instance, dialogue isn't put it quotes, so sometimes it's a struggle to figure out if the characters are actually speaking, or if I'm reading internal thoughts. The main character's brain has been fried due to the plague, so the reader is supposed to allow the narrator to get away with it. Most of the time it works, but sometimes I found it annoying. Grief, love, loss, violence, hope . . . it's all here. I took away a positive message about the indomintable human spirt.