Blueprints of the Afterlife is a carefully constructed and fully detailed account of dire future events, how they all got started, who started them, a...moreBlueprints of the Afterlife is a carefully constructed and fully detailed account of dire future events, how they all got started, who started them, as well as the end of the human race. It’s not your typical Armageddon/dystopia story though. It's a well-paced novel that drew me in with seemingly flesh-and-blood characters living in a world I could almost see by reading the words on the page. The people living in this world aren't much different than the people living today, and a few contemporary commodities remain, but the society they live in is a worst-case-scenario distortion of the faults and obsessions of the contemporary world.
(view spoiler)[The sparsely-populated world is confined to a few remaining metropolitan areas, where citizens live in a kind of cultural and physical squalor. Menial jobs have world champions, reality entertainment really has gone too far, people and technology exist biologically together, cloning is a common and accepted practice, and organ cultivation is a day job. Not only that, companies once had armies and made their own weapons. One of my take-aways from this book is that it's a kind of warning about what could happen if our current society continues down our reckless and narcissistic path.
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars, but I could only muster 4 for one reason. With no real explanation, the character Neethan suddenly began living in a part reality/part video game, collecting coins and shooting zombies. Also, a giant head appeared in the sky and followed him around, saying nothing, and eventually dying. This tangent took away from what I saw as an overall compelling narrative with some great writing and interesting concepts. (hide spoiler)]
This is the best recently-published book that I've read this year. I'd recommend reading it with a group or another person who would be open to discussion. Ryan Boudinot leaves us with a lot to talk about.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a great book about the Soviet space program. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about the early stages of human space ex...moreThis is a great book about the Soviet space program. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about the early stages of human space exploration. (less)
I've been reading all the Parker novels in order, and so far this is the most unique of the series. I won't give away the details, but I can say that...moreI've been reading all the Parker novels in order, and so far this is the most unique of the series. I won't give away the details, but I can say that Parker is put in a situation that is much different than in the other novels, and we have an opportunity to learn more about the supporting characters. This is a welcome change after the last two caper novels (The Mourner, The Score), and I anticipate the narrative created in The Jugger will carry on through the next book, and possibly keep going.
The Parker novels are a great series, and I recommend them to anyone who is interested in hard-boiled or noir. I'm also looking forward to reading Richard Stark's four Alan Grofield novels, starting with The Damsel. (less)