I guess I’m kind of a Peter Heller fan. I first read The Dog Stars and loved it. Recently I read The Painter, and enjoyed that book as well. The Dog Stars is about a post-apocalyptic society created out of the remnants of those who survived flu and blood disease pandemics. The book is written in a way that does not transmit total doom, but conveys what the human spirit needs to go on.
If I think about the writing style of Peter Heller, I would have to say it’s unique, and takes a few chapters to get accustom to the rhythm. He writes conversationally, which makes it very personal and easy to get yourself immersed in his story. I wanted to read The Painter because, to be honest, I didn’t want The Dog Stars to end.
I hope Peter Heller will continue the Dog Stars story with another book…or possibly a prequel? The story is one that gets under your skin, and I believe it has everything to do with the writing and storytelling style of Peter Heller. I recommend it to anyone who loves great characterization wrapped in a unique point of view.