Borne: A Novel

Borne: A Novel Author Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN-10 0374115249
ISBN-13 9780374115241
Year 2017-04-25
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher MCD
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Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by The New York Times The Huffington Post Book Riot Chicago Reader The Week and Publishers Weekly Am I a person Borne asked me Yes you are a person I told him But like a person you can be a weapon too In Borne a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict The city is dangerous littered with discarded experiments from the Companya biotech firm now derelictand punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run down sanctuary she shares with her partner Wick who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech One day Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home Borne as salvage is little more than a green lumpplant or animal but exudes a strange charisma Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth now lost to rising seas There is an attachment she resents in this world any weakness can kill you Yet against her instinctsand definitely against Wicks wishesRachel keeps Borne She cannot help herself Borne learning to speak learning about the world is fun to be with and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford He was born but I had borne him But as Borne grows he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk For the Company it seems may not be truly dead and new enemies are creeping in What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets In the aftermath nothing may ever be the same

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