Are you looking for a beautiful book? I know that sounds weird, but Peter Heller's The Dog Stars is a wonder to read. The words, sentences, and emotions jump off the page. What a great book! I was sad to finish it. To summarize, there are very few people left in the world. Most were killed by a super flu. The people left have to survive in a new world full of challenges and struggles just to get food and shelter. Hig, the star of the book and one of the few immune humans, is having trouble adapting to his new life. What he finds in the story isn't exactly what he was searching for.
Again, this book was a truly well-written, fun, entertaining, and real. Characters were interesting and plot was fascinating. Definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys a great story about a possible near-future on earth.