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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.

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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"

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

-- "Esquire"

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

-- "Los Angeles Times"

Turpin's memorable performance highlights the outstanding world building, lyrical prose, authentic characters, and richly layered story line. Turpin's clear and thoughtful reading guides listeners through the book's complexities, clarifying language and ideas and revealing its heartfelt center: What does it mean to be human?

-- "Booklist (starred audio review)"

VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling, intelligent story.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

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

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Creepy and fascinating.

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

A thorough marvel.

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

VanderMeer's apocalyptic vision, with its mix of absurdity, horror, and grace, can't be mistaken for that of anyone else. Inventive, engrossing, and heartbreaking.

-- " San Francisco Chronicle" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File Size : 26709 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 366 pages
  • Publisher : MCD (April 25, 2017)
  • Publication Date : April 25, 2017
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B01M98T0J7
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0374537658
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 637 ratings

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