The Dog Stars - Peter Heller

The Dog Stars

By Peter Heller

  • Release Date: 2012-08-07
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 738 Ratings


Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley.
But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists outside their tightly controlled perimeter. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return and follows its static-broken trail, only to find something that is both better and worse than anything he could ever hope for.

The ebook edition contains a reading group guide.


  • Beautiful!

    By Shakira without the Sha
    Loved seeing the world through Hig's eyes. Beautifully written.
  • Highly Recommended

    By Dug go
    All I really ask of a book is that I can't stop reading even when I know I should! This a great story beautifully written. Period.
  • A good read

    By Nvonine
    I definitely enjoyed the book.
  • Amazing. Thank you.

    By Nathan Graber
    Loved reading this book. Peter's style seems a big risk, but it works. Thank you for such a beautiful and true novel.
  • Perfect.

    By aficianado
    Nature, love, fear, friendship, art. I really loved it. I was sad that it had to end.
  • The Dog Stars

    By tutankuamen
    What a beautiful book. Every year I choose a personal favorite read. The Dog Stars is my favorite book for 2013. It made me feel nearly every emotion in the book, so to speak. It is unforgettable.
  • Fantastic read

    By BookReader2013abc
  • Second time around

    By KatintheGarden
    I just reread this. It was sadder since I knew what was coming but even better than the first time. Instead of 'flying along' in the 'I can't wait to read what happens next' mode, I was able to listen to the lyrical language of the protagonist. Pause with his 'Buts'. And enjoy Hig's journey, not just the end.
  • The Dog Stars

    By Poli&&::
    Wonderful book. Unique style and story
  • The Dog Stars

    By RubenRemus
    A page-turner about manly men who have suffered deeply, and yet somehow find the strength to live on, to fish, to demonstrate mastery with guns and airplanes, to have a best canine friend,and, of course, to bed down beautiful women. Way too Hemingwayesque in rhapsodizing about fishing. I suppose, for some, fishing really is a spiritual/poetic quest. I find this attitude self-indulgent and the writing uninteresting. The prose style felt derivative - of Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy. It reads fluently, and is not annoying, but still... Bottom line: This book did not move me with the force of literature. The tone and content are too serious to be considered "light entertainment," but this book is mere entertainment, nonetheless.