The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

I want you to know up front that The Dog Stars is about a post apocalyptic world where the majority of people have died due to an especially virulent strain of influenza. Many of those who survived the flu were left with a rare and deadly blood disease.

Hig has survived both and lives at an abandoned air field somewhere north of Denver. He shares the area with Bangley, a take no prisoners kind of guy and weapons enthusiast. Hig patrols their domain by air in an old Cessna and Bangley keeps a watchful eye on the ground with an automatic rifle and a few grenades.

The Dog Stars is written in an unusual style and that only adds to its appeal. Our survival instinct is tenacious. Yet in all kinds of adversity we remain human, still needing other humans to ground us and keep our will to live going strong. Hig and Bangley were very different kind of people and by circumstances beyond anything we can imagine, were brought together. By the end of the book, I really liked these guys. I rooted for them both to be the start of something better in the world.

I loved The Dog Stars and hope you will too. Let’s find the good in all of us before it’s too late because it’s there just waiting to be found.


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