Happy Bookers Discussion Group
Next meeting: Wednesday, January 22
The Dog Stars
by Peter Heller
Surviving a pandemic disease
that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an
abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that
compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.
At the beginning of Chapter III, the narrator wonders why he’s telling this story. What might be his motivations? Who does he imagine his audience will be?
How and why does Hig’s relationship with Bangley change over the course of the novel?
When they decide to take a ewe and a ram with them on the plane, Hig says, “Like the Ark. Here we go” [p. 273]. He says it jokingly, but does the novel offer a sense of hope that life on the planet might continue, postapocalypse? What other biblical references occur in the novel?
The Dog Stars is a serious book about a devastating subject, but what are some of its more lighthearted moments? Why is it important that the book have this mixture of tenderness and violence, anxiety and peace?
What similarities does The Dog Stars share with other recent dystopian novels like The Hunger Games and The Road? In what important ways does it differ from them?
Questions excerpted from the Random House Readers Guide.
February - The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
March - Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
April - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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