The Dog Stars – Peter Heller

The Dog Stars – Peter Heller
The world has changed some kind of super bug wipes out most of the population leaving small pockets of survivors. We pick our story up about 10 years after this event. Our character hig has been living at an small rural airport. He has another survivor with him bangley. To call him a friend would be too strong but they know they need each other for survival. And hig has his beloved dog jasper what more could a man need
They have established quite a life here with gardening and hunts for deer and fishing . But life is still a challenge, hig sleeps in a barn with direct line of sight to a house as bandits still trouble them. So he leaves a light on at the house which gives the impression someone is home. And with walkie-talkie he contacts bangley who takes out the intruders
Hig is fortunate to be a pilot as well and takes Aerial patrols and on one of these patrols a few years ago he heard a signal. Could it be there are survivors out there? he hasnt heard anything since.
After the death of his beloved dog he has had enough of this life and decides to fly past the point of no return (fuel wise) and find that signal that he heard many years ago
What follows is a story about hope and fears, as hig ventures into the unknown in search of answers and will he find a way back to his airport life.
Such a fantastic read, really captures the essence of the desolation/loneliness of this future world. And shows that no matter how much the world falls apart companionship whether its man and dog or another human. Thats what gets you through the tough times
Big positive is that it is one of a few post apocalyptic stories that there are no zombies in! !!!