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'The Dog Stars' is a novel about survival in adversity where a bunch
of flowers from a child or an abandoned truck loaded with soda drinks
might mean the difference between hope or a descent into madness.
Hig is a pilot, who together with his rough and ready friend Bangley
and devoted dog Jasper, is attempting to sustain some kind of
existence in an America devastated by a flu-like epidemic. Those who
remain are divided into marauding gangs of murderous thugs and small,
barely-thriving, communities of frightened survivors, still blighted by a
deadly blood disease. With many questions unanswered we are thrust
into Hig's terrifying world as he comes to terms with the loss of almost
everything he once held dear. Author Peter Heller's narrative style
took me a while to adjust to. The terse, at times abrasive, flow dips
in and out of grief, memory and a tentative and fragile belief in some
kind of meaningful future, in compact paragraphs of startlingly poetic
intensity. In the face of disintegrating social and moral order Hig is
the kind of believable hero who you'd want on your side in a crisis.
A book with the capacity to provoke laughter and tears if you let it.
Hopeful and human to the core and unforgettable in its raw candour.