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Borne: A Novel by [Jeff VanderMeer]

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The setting, plot, and characters of this novel are richly realized, but it's the almost unbearably poignant tone that will draw in readers. Rachel lives with her reclusive lover, Wick, in a postapocalyptic city ruined by corporate greed. A giant bearlike creature flies overhead, trash stuck to his fur. He was designed to help restore order, but instead he wreaks more havoc. Rachel scavenges what she can and brings it back to Wick. Barricaded within their deteriorating apartment, they figure out what they can use. When Rachel finds a throbbing blob that reminds her of sea anemones and happier times, scientist Wick wants to kill it to understand it, but Rachel insists on letting it live. She names it Borne, and it grows quickly until one day it speaks. Borne's coming-of-age is also Rachel's, but as the two mature, Rachel's and Wick's lives—and the city itself—are at risk. Themes such as the consequences of science without ethics, attraction vs. addiction, secrets and trust, and the rewards and heartbreak of parenting (pets, children, or monsters) provide food for thought on top of an exciting survival story. VERDICT Suggest this title to teens who love layered, unusual, harsh, yet ultimately hopeful dystopian tales such as Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven or Ernest Cline's Ready Player One.—Hope Baugh, Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


May be the most beautifully written, and believable, post-apocalyptic tale in recent memory...VanderMeer...outdoes himself in this visionary novel.

-- "Los Angeles Times"

Borne...represents a high-water mark in an ascendant strand of science fiction, one that looks with a sharp eye toward a near future of ecological calamity, chaos, and monumental ethical battles.

-- "Literary Hub"

Borne is VanderMeer's trans-species rumination on the theme of parenting.

-- "New Yorker"

A story of loving self-sacrifice, hallucinatory beauty, and poisonous trust...[with] engrossing richness.

-- "Washington Post"

A thorough marvel.

-- "Colson Whitehead, National Book Award winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author"

Creepy and fascinating.

-- "Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author"

I you haven't read his haunting Southern Reach trilogy, prepare yourself-this is Walden gone horribly wrong.

-- "Esquire"

Narrator Bahni Turpin brings a haunting melancholy to VanderMeer's enormous weird world, transforming what initially seems an outlandish dystopian tale into a deeply personal[s] a palpable and audible bond between Rachel and Borne that makes this story gripping, unsettling, and thoroughly memorable.

-- "AudioFile"

Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game...Something more than just weird fiction: weird literature.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01M98T0J7
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ MCD (April 25, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 25, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 28724 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 366 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Called “the weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker, NYT bestseller Jeff VanderMeer has been a published writer since age 14. His most recent fiction is the critically acclaimed novel BORNE, which has received raves from the NYTBR, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many more. Paramount Pictures has optioned BORNE for film.

VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy was one of the publishing events of 2014, the trilogy made more than thirty year’s best lists, including Entertainment Weekly’s top 10. Paramount Pictures has made a movie out of the first volume of the Southern Reach, Annihilation, slated for release in 2018 and starring Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

His nonfiction appears in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and the VanderMeer also wrote the world’s first fully illustrated creative-writing guide, Wonderbook. With his wife, Ann VanderMeer, he has edited may iconic anthologies. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with two wonderful cats. His hobbies include hiking, reading, and bird watching.

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"The world is broken and I don't know how to fix it."

From over-consumption, capitalism without care for the consequences, climate change, isolation and the devolution of community, and over-dependence on the government to fix things and save us, it feels like the world is changing for the worse and that either we can't fix it or we won't fix it. We're confused about what to do and waiting on the next guy to figure it out. That's kind of this book in a nutshell. People barely surviving worsening conditions while fighting/avoiding/suspecting each other. Reading brings the confusion I mentioned to the forefront of one's mind, but there are several other relatable and thought-provoking explorations: what life deserves respect and at what level, what is sentience, what is moral and who decides, is there right and wrong at all and who decides, what line would you cross to survive, do we need each other, self-dependence or community dependence, and more! But I warn you, Jeff Vandermeer isn't trying to offer answers. You will exit this read still confused, but thinking.
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