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Borne
by Jeff Vandermeer


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Am I a person? Borne asks Rachel, in extremis.
Yes, you are a person, Rachel tells him. But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, Rachel makes her living as a scavenger. She finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic despotic bear that once prowled the corridors of a biotech firm, the Company, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly, and broke free.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Am I a person? Borne asks Rachel, in extremis.
Yes, you are a person, Rachel tells him. But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, Rachel makes her living as a scavenger. She finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic despotic bear that once prowled the corridors of a biotech firm, the Company, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly, and broke free. Made insane by the company s torture of him, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers.

At first, Borne looks like nothing at all just a green lump that might be a discard from the Company, which, although severely damaged, is rumored to still make creatures and send them to far-distant places that have not yet suffered collapse.

Borne reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. She feels an attachment that she resents: attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick a special kind of dealer not to render down Borne as raw genetic material for the drugs he sells.

But nothing is quite the way it seems: not the past, not the present, not the future. If Wick is hiding secrets, so is Rachel and Borne most of all. What Rachel finds hidden deep within the Company will change everything and everyone. There, lost and forgotten things have lingered and grown. What they have grown into is mighty indeed.

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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780374115241
  • ISBN-10: 0374115249
  • Publisher: MCD
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Fantasy - General
Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Dystopian

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with Borne he essentially invents a new one. In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles, with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. One day, caught in Mords fur, Rachel finds the bizarre, shape-shifting creature like a hybrid of sea anemone and squid she calls Borne. Rachel adopts Borne and takes on its education over Wicks objections. But Borne proves a precocious student, experiencing more and more complex transformations, testing Rachels loyalty as it undertakes a personal mission that threatens Rachel and Wicks fragile existence even as it brings painful truths to the surfacetruths like Wicks mysterious past with the Company, the identity of the mercurial rival he calls the Magician, the origin of the feral children who roam the wasteland, and even the circumstances of Rachels own interrupted childhood. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of Borne shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit. Whats even more remarkable is the reservoirs of feeling that VanderMeer is able to tap into throughout Rachel and Wicks postapocalyptic journey into the Companys warped ruins, resulting in something more than just weird fiction: weird literature. (May)

 
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