August 13, 2018


Shawn Sheehy and Jordi Solano's Beyond the Sixth Extinction: A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up is a pop-up field guide to creatures and habitats we won't meet until the year 4847.

As the author's note elucidates, we humans in 2018 have survived five mass extinctions, with the most recent being the event that destroyed the dinosaurs. This field guide, therefore, takes a look at what happens way far into the future after the next mass extinction in 4847. This extinction was brought on not by a meteor but by humans themselves through the activities they engaged in that drained the Earth. This book catalogs eight fantastical creatures, with pop-ups and fold-out spreads featuring details of each new creature, as well as a habitat map of their locations within the ruins of Chicago. 

The book feels eerily realistic in how it catalogs the future, especially because of the thought and care put into the book. Details like the notion that each fictional characters featured is evolved from organisms that currently exist, or how the author from 4847 describes the toll humans took on the world make the book feel oddly prescient. With only earth tones used throughout and hyper-realistic images that push the mind, the flat spreads are full of written information about the biologies, relationships, and more of each creature, and the pop-ups are expertly engineered to fit the aesthetic, but they feature simpler shapes that are less complex and detailed. 

Beyond the Sixth Extinction: A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up publishes October 9 from Candlewick Studios!

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