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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
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Aug 17, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: read-2012, arc, dystopian-apocalyptic

I had high hopes for this one, but like Seating Arrangements, it just didn't live up to the hype. It felt a lot like a story about nothing: Hig survived a major flu epidemic (sounds a lot like the illness that wiped out humanity in White Horse) and nine years later he's still flying his plane with his dog. That's great, right? The first half or more is all about Hig's life at the Erie airport with his "neighbor" and partner in protecting their space, Bangley. One day he gets restless and sad so he flies off into the sunset.

All well and good, except that I never got sucked into the story. The writing kept pulling me out of it. There are no quotations and many fragments. I was never sure who was talking and sometimes I wasn't sure if it was the past or present Hig was talking about. Very confusing. (Perhaps the flu messed up his brain?)

The real bummer is that this was on my must-read for fall list and it's just SO not a must-read.
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Reading Progress

August 17, 2012 – Shelved
August 19, 2012 – Started Reading
August 22, 2012 –
page 214
63.69%
August 22, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 23, 2012 – Shelved as: read-2012
August 23, 2012 – Shelved as: arc
August 23, 2012 – Shelved as: dystopian-apocalyptic

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