Just like in Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, post-apocalyptic novel The Road, first-time novelist Peter Heller has created a heartbreakingly moving love story with The Dog Stars, one of this year’s greatest literary surprises.
The end of the world is as relentless as the hellhounds on the trail. There's no hope. Viggo Mortensen provides much-needed illumination into our dark souls, but it might be a long while before we're able to wash away the grime after this trek. Not that it matters, because after 'The Road,' you'll likely never want to see another apocalyptic tale ever again. Grade: B.