Review: “Blueprints of the Afterlife” by Ryan Boudinot

If you’re looking for a book that will leave you feeling both unsettled and deeply satisfied, Blueprints of the Afterlife is definitely the book for you. Author Ryan Boudinot weaves a masterful tale of love, loss, and self-discovery, set against the backdrop of a world that is both familiar and strange.


Ryan Boudinot is an award-winning novelist and essayist, who has been critically acclaimed for writing “innovative fiction” with a “playful, postmodern intelligence”. His latest novel, “Blueprints of the Afterlife”, is no exception.


Blueprints of the Afterlife follows the story of Raleigh, an ex-convict trying to make his way back into society after his incarceration. He is presented with an opportunity to join a revolutionary scientific research project that has a shot at reviving the dead. With this new chance to rebuild his life, Raleigh sets off on a mission with his unlikely friend, the quick-talking Sophie, and together they are faced with life-altering choices.

In an effort to understand what happens after we die, Raleigh embarks on a journey to find the answers he so desperately seeks. Along the way, he meets a cast of characters who each have their own unique take on the afterlife.

Favorite Part

My favorite part of Blueprints of the Afterlife was when Raleigh and Sophie were faced with the dilemma of whether to embrace their new discoveries or risk offending the establishment. I found it interesting to see how the two characters chose different paths to handle their moral dilemma of whether or not to use their newfound knowledge to do something that could have a large impact on society.

Another great part of “Blueprints of the Afterlife” is undoubtedly the exquisite writing style. Boudinot has a knack for painting a picture with words and I often found myself getting lost in the imagery and clever diction of his prose. Themes of consciousness and identity are wonderfully complex and Boudinot effortlessly meanders through them, juggling conflicting concepts and implications.

Cumulative Score

While the concept of the afterlife is certainly not a new one, Boudinot’s exploration of it is both original and inventive. The world he has created is both frightening and beautiful, and her characters are incredibly believable. I found myself fully invested in Raleigh’s story, and desperately hoping that he would find the answers he was looking for.

Blueprints of the Afterlife is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it. It’s a thought-provoking, emotionally charged journey that is well worth taking.

All in all, I highly recommend Blueprints of the Afterlife for its unique take on science and love. The characters are believable and the story is engaging with lots of twists and turns. I give this book a score of 9/10.