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Blueprints of the Afterlife

OPB | Jan. 24, 2012 9:30 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 27, 2013 3:03 p.m.

Jennifer Beard

Ryan Boudinot says that he didn’t want his post-apocalyptic novel to be a downer:

I wanted to have fun with the subject matter — with the idea of the planet collapsing.

And amazingly, despite massive wars, climate catastrophes, hacked biological computers, and general mayhem, he has succeeded. The Seattle author’s new novel, Blueprints of the Afterlife, is a sprawling, idea-packed, sometimes-confusing story. But it’s also fun, and even funny.

That’s not to say that it doesn’t bring up big issues about our present and future.

The novel is propelled by a set of big question: if our warming, warring, teeming earth is headed for a reckoning, what happens next? Who will pick up the pieces? Who will make sense of them? How will they be put together the next time?

Have you read Blueprints of the Afterlife? What would you like to ask Ryan Boudinot?


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