The mere fact that I am reviewing it should count for something. I'm not motivated to review many books. For a while there I resolved to leave a review on Goodreads for every single book I read, but I soon stopped, due largely to two reasons:
1. Damn that's a lot of work
2. Self-report on every book I read, how long it takes me to read them, and also how I feel about each one? That's like volunteering to be closely monitored by the Gestapo or something.
My paranoia/rapid fulfillment of Godwin's Law aside, let's talk about The Dog Stars!
The book tells the story of Hig, who's about as good a person as it's possible to be in a post-apocalyptic world. He's poetically inclined, has a strong friendship with his dog Jasper, and has an arrangement with a right-wing gun nut named Bangley whereby they murder anyone who enters the vicinity of the airport where they live, no exceptions.
Killing everyone who approaches mostly seems necessary, since just about everyone wants to kill them. But sometimes it doesn't seem necessary. Unfortunately, Bangley's a bit of a stickler when it comes to the kill-everyone rule.
Heller's prose is elegant yet unpretentious. And this book is funny. Damned funny. I had some legitimate LOL moments, which I don't often get while reading fiction.
The apocalypse is brought about by a superflu, but what struck me as particularly interesting (as an environmentalist) is how Heller documents the transforming effects of climate change. Even with most humans gone from the world, the carbon feedback loops we've already triggered keep chugging along and making species go extinct.
The book contains a few well-worn post-apocalyptic tropes. I don't personally think that's a bad thing, as they are well executed. But it is a thing. And now I have told you about the thing.
If I were rating this book on Goodreads I would for sure give it 5 stars. And I don't mean 5 dog stars - I mean 5 regular stars.
you can use that joke btw