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The Dog Stars

Peter Heller

15 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense, Science fiction

A novel about the end of the world which makes you happy to be alive.

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. And his story, THE DOG STARS, is a book unlike any you have ever read.

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Praise for The Dog Stars

  • A poetic, moving and ultimately rewarding read - SFX

  • Sad, but hopeful... A perfectly pitched post-apocalyptic tale of survival and emotional sustenance in a changed world - Marie Claire

  • The Road - but with hope - GQ

  • Incredibly believable...brutally honest - Sci-Fi Now

  • The Road crossed with a post-apocalyptic romance...[engages] deep emotions to spine-chilling (and suspenseful) effect - Lawrence Norfolk, Guardian Books of the Year

  • A dreamy, postapocalyptic love letter to things of beauty, big and small: a twitching trout, a can of Sprite, empathy, sex, decency, and a good dog - Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRL

  • Magical and life-affirming - Guardian

  • 'The Road - but with hope' - GQ

  • 'The Road crossed with a post-apocalyptic romance...[engages] deep emotions to spine-chilling (and suspenseful) effect' - Lawrence Norfolk, Guardian Books of the Year

  • 'Sad, but hopeful... A perfectly pitched post-apocalyptic tale of survival and emotional sustenance in a changed world' - Marie Claire

  • 'A dreamy, postapocalyptic love letter to things of beauty, big and small: a twitching trout, a can of Sprite, empathy, sex, decency, and a good dog' - Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRL

  • 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, Hachette

  • 'A poetic, moving and ultimately rewarding read' - SFX

  • 'Incredibly believable...brutally honest' - Sci-Fi Now

  • 'Magical and life-affirming' - Guardian

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Peter Heller

Peter Heller is an award-winning adventure writer and contributing editor on Outside magazine, Men,s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is also the author of several non-fiction books, including Kook; The Whale Warriors; and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet,s Tsangpo Gorge. He lives in Denver, Colorado.