Monday, March 18, 2013

The Dog Stars

By: Peter Heller
Location: FIC HEL
Genre: Dystopia with a difference

It is not often I find a book that I think- wow- I need to get a few people to read this because I want to know what they think of it, how do they feel about how it is written, what it is saying,and what message they get from it? This book- I will be taking home and passing around, to get those questions answered.

Hig, bereaved and traumatised after global disaster, has three things to live for - his dog Jasper, his aggressive but helpful neighbour, and his Cessna aeroplane. He's just about surviving, so long as he only takes his beloved plane for short journeys, and saves his remaining fuel. But, just once, he picks up a message from another pilot, and eventually the temptation to find out who else is still alive becomes irresistible. So he takes his plane over the horizon, knowing that he won't have enough fuel to get back. What follows is scarier and more life-affirming than he could have imagined.

Dog Stars is the rare kind of book that can reduce a reader to pieces in a few lines. That makes it good. But what makes it great is its commitment to the things that make life worth living. No matter how dark it gets, there’s an uplifting sense of hope that never goes out. Peter Heller wrote a love song to the end of the world and it’s impossible not to sing along.
- Luke Lancaster, Product Coordinator

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