Ryan Boudinot is one of the most promising young novelists of his generation, called “wickedly talented” (The Boston Globe
) and “darkly funny” (The New York Times Book Review
). Blueprints of the Afterlife
is a tour de forcepart George Saunders, part Philip K. Dick; a novel that marries absurd satire with the high-concept storytelling of slipstream sci-fi.
It is the future. The end of the world is no more than a distorted memory called “the Age of F***ed-up Shit.” A sentient glacier has wiped out most of North America
’s cities. Medical care is supplied by networked nanotechnology, and human nervous systems can be hacked. Abby Fogg is a film archivist with a niggling feeling that her life is not her own. And she’s right. Al Skinner is a former mercenary for the Boeing Army, who’s dragged his war baggage behind him for nearly a century. Woo-jin Kan
is a virtuoso dishwasher with the Hotel and Restaurant Management Olympics medal to prove it. Over them all hovers a mysterious man named Dirk Bickle, who puts people in the right places at the right timesand it all culminates in a full-scale replica of Manhattan
under construction in Puget Sound
. Blueprints of the Afterlife
establishes Ryan Boudinot as an exceptional novelist of great daring.