Review: The Dog Stars

The Dog StarsThe Dog Stars by Peter Heller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Heller’s THE DOG STARS is a thoughtful, emotive look at a post-apocalyptic world through the eyes of a pretty normal fella. You won’t find shambling zombies or leather-clad road gangs in this book as much of it delves into the main character’s isolation and his worldview; the reasons to continue on after such a massive calamity and the struggle to not succumb to the darkest parts of our human nature.
The prose style in this book is concerned primarily with function but if you can get through the abbreviated style, there are a great many gems to be found. Personally, I don’t mind this style of writing. It’s direct and feels more organic to me. Closer to the way people think. Often not in complete sentences.
Parts of this dragged a little for me, but once things picked up, it kept my interest and by the last page I definitely felt that I got something out of this book.
There are tender and heartbreaking moments in here. I think it is a mistake to compare this to Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD, though. I can see why some would make that leap (post-apocalyptic setting with a literary approach) but it is nowhere near as bleak as THE ROAD. That’s not taking anything away from THE DOG STARS, mind you. Just my way of saying if you are looking for something as dark and unsettling as THE ROAD, keep looking.
I recommend this for anyone looking for a more introspective take on life after a worldwide disaster.

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