Books The Dog Stars by Peter Heller Paperback, 319 pages, Vintage, List Price: $15 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Dog StarsAuthorPeter Heller Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Other editions available for purchase: Hardcover, 336 pages, Knopf, $24.95, published August 7 2012 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Dog StarsAuthorPeter Heller Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary After surviving the pandemic disease that killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar. But when he hears a random radio transmission, he's compelled to risk his life to seek out other survivors. Genres: Fiction Awards and Recognition 1 week on NPR Paperback Fiction Bestseller List 6 weeks on NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List Also by Peter Heller Hell Or High Water Celine Kook The Painter Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Dog Stars New In Paperback May 6-12: An Apocalypse, A Trip To Malawi And Anne Boleyn May 6, 2013 In softcover fiction, Hilary Mantel imagines Anne Boleyn's downfall, Martin Amis satirizes England, Paul Theroux sends a narrator back to the village he volunteered in, and Peter Heller depicts a post-apocalyptic life. In nonfiction, Robert Caro continues his LBJ biography. iStockphoto.com Author Interviews Looking To The 'Stars' For A Reason To Live Fresh Air August 13, 2012 In Peter Heller's debut novel, The Dog Stars, a man named Hig survives a superflu that kills most of humanity. Heller, a travel and adventure writer, says that when his novel took a post-apocalyptic turn, he found himself relying on his real-life scrapes and survival skills. Looking To The 'Stars' For A Reason To Live Listen · 44:26 44:26 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/158689470/158689661" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review Book Reviews 'Dog Stars' Dwells On The Upside Of Apocalypse August 7, 2012 Peter Heller's novel follows protagonist Hig and his dog in a world ravaged by an epidemic and overrun with barbaric thugs. But its fragmented, poetic narrative — complete with a somewhat unconvincing love story — goes a long way toward dealing with the devastation. First Reads Exclusive First Read: 'The Dog Stars' July 18, 2012 Set in the Rocky Mountains after an epidemic has killed off most of society, The Dog Stars, by adventure writer Peter Heller, casts an unusual mood as it alternates between elegiac reflection, lyrical nature writing and intense, high-caliber action. The Dog Stars will be published on Aug. 7.