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Borne book - In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a creature she names “Borne” entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear. Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly and broke free. Driven insane by his torture at the Company, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers like Rachel.

At first, Borne looks like nothing at all—just a green lump that might be a Company discard. The Company, although severely damaged, is rumoured to still make creatures and send them to distant places that have not yet suffered Collapse.

Borne somehow reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. She feels an attachment she resents; attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, the Balcony Cliffs, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick, not to render Borne down to raw genetic material for the drugs he sells—she cannot break that bond.

Wick is a special kind of supplier, because the drug dealers in the city don’t sell the usual things. They sell tiny creatures that can be swallowed or stuck in the ear, and that release powerful memories of other people’s happier times or pull out forgotten memories from the user’s own mind—or just produce beautiful visions that provide escape from the barren, craterous landscapes of the city.

Against his better judgment, out of affection for Rachel or perhaps some other impulse, Wick respects her decision. Rachel, meanwhile, despite her loyalty to Wick, knows he has kept secrets from her. Searching his apartment, she finds a burnt, unreadable journal titled “Mord,” a cryptic reference to the Magician (a rival drug dealer) and evidence that Wick has planned the layout of the Balcony Cliffs to match the blueprint of the Company building. What is he hiding? Why won’t he tell her about what happened when he worked for the Company?

Borne Book Information

Title:Borne
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0008159173
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages
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  • Kevin Kelsey
    Mar 27, 2017

    VanderMeer’s writing is engaging, difficult, and worth the effort required to read. It takes me a little longer to finish his novels than I feel like it should. It’s the kind of writing that makes...

  • karen
    May 09, 2017

    review to come! my THIRD literary subscription box from quarterly!!!! this one is the most exciting one yet!maggie got very brad pitt about it, "what's in the booooooxxxx??" but she was pretty unenth...

  • Nnedi
    Feb 01, 2017

    Gloriously bizarre. The world building is incredible. Within the first night I started reading this, I had nightmares. There's an icky flying bear that is sort of a GMO cautionary tale. The biotech is...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jan 27, 2017

    I really enjoyed ANNIHILATION, the first of the Southern Reach books, but found my interest waned after that for reasons I could never quite put my finger on. VanderMeer is great at mood but I felt li...

  • Jason Lundberg
    Mar 21, 2017

    I was up last night until 1 a.m. reading the last 90 pages of this novel, and this morning its images and events still haunt me. The strange family of Rachel, Wick and Borne, the murderous rage of Mor...

  • Lane Williams
    Dec 07, 2016

    This book's strength lays in the prose as much as the plot, but more than anything it reminds me of a beautiful collage of concepts salvaged from popular science fiction and apocalyptic literature, th...

  • Terri Jacobson
    May 18, 2017

    It's a dystopian future in which the unnamed City is wild and in ruins. Global warming has caused sea levels to rise, the environment is horribly polluted, and there is a terrible drought. The only ra...

  • Kyle Muntz
    Mar 18, 2017

    Got an advanced copy of this from a friend, and very glad I did. It seems like Vandermeer responded to the success of the Southern Reach trilogy in the best possible way--by deciding that now he can w...

  • Brandon Forsyth
    Mar 12, 2017

    This is easily the best-written metaphor for motherhood involving a giant flying bear that I've ever read.I mean that only somewhat glibly - this is a work of staggering imagination and skill, and one...

  • Tudor Ciocarlie
    May 13, 2017

    Easily the best book of the year so far! I've loved every sentence of it. Incredible world building that creates a strange future populated by deranged human beings and utterly alien characters. But e...