Borne

Borne

eBook - 2017
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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." A ruined city of the future lives in fear of a despotic, gigantic flying bear, driven mad by the tortures inflicted on him by the Company, a mysterious biotech firm. A scavenger, Rachel, finds a creature entangled in his fur. She names it Borne. At first, Borne looks like nothing at all-- a green lump that might be a discard from the Company. But he reminds Rachel of her homeland, an island nation long lost to rising seas, and she prevents her lover, Wick, from rendering down Borne as raw genetic material for the special kind of 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.
Publisher: [London] :, Fourth Estate,, 2017.
Branch Call Number: DIGITAL
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Notes: Downloadable eBook.
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Another dystopian imagining this time from the master of the “New Weird”. Civilisation has been wiped out by a super corporation and in its refound wild state a scavenging survivor named Rachel discovers Borne. At first Borne is a formless rubbery blob caught in the fur of a gigantic and very vio... Read More »


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OPL_DavidD Dec 21, 2020

I love the way Weird Fiction can make the bizarre seem grounded. An emotionally affective and lyrical look at how people can both disappoint and come through for us in the backdrop of scavengers and monsters in a post-apocalyptic medical wasteland.

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brookelundquist
Jan 14, 2020

Slow and a little hard to read since there is really no context clues or even explanation throughout the story that explain what things are. Interesting back and fourth but half the time I was so confused on what the narrator was talking about I couldn't fully get into the book.

SFPL_danielay Mar 06, 2019

Jeff VanderMeer creates an engrossing post-apocalyptic world filled with abandoned biotech and different factions of survivors scavenging for a living in a destroyed city policed by a magician and a giant flying bear. If this sounds weird, it is and it only gets weirder when Rachel, the main character, comes across a strange plant-like creature. The creature, named Borne, starts growing, develops the ability to speak and think and could bring salvation or death and destruction to Rachel's world.

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Chinderixx
Aug 22, 2018

Weird is a good word to describe this book.
Borne takes places in the future in an unnamed city where humans are scavenging for food and struggling for survival after ‘a Company’ that was in control of the city created a biotech experiment that went wrong and destroyed most of the city. Some of the ideas and characters are certainly original and interesting, and I think Jeff VandeeMeer did a good job of writing in such a way that always kept me engaged and interested.
The story starts with Rachel (the narrator), finding a mysterious blob who she decides to name Borne. Realizing that he can speak and learn, Rachel tries to raise him like a human. The story is interesting during this part because while trying to teach Borne, Rachel learns a lot about herself and we also get to learn about the city and her past. But once Rachel realizes that Borne is more than just a blob, she kicks him out of where she is living and the focus of the book shifts from being on him to being on Rachel. I think the story stops being interesting after that. I think what really ruined this book for me was the ending. Borne did not end in the way I expected it to. Like for most stories, you want a resolution to all of the problems that happen. Borne doesn't really do that and it just sort of ends. It also feels a little rushed. So while this book wasn't awful or anything, I think that it could have been a lot better. I'd only reccomend this book if you're into the weird fiction genre. Otherwise, it's just too weird.

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lucygusy
Mar 09, 2018

Scary!

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tjdickey
Feb 15, 2018

Once again, Vandermeer serves up a full portion of fear.
As with his earlier work (the Southern Reach trilogy with "Annihilation" coming out in film 2018), the aspect that drives the reader mad is how little we can see and know about the forces moving in the ruined world around; the writing will leave you looking over your shoulder wondering when the next deadly attack will fall, and if you will even see it coming.

samdog123 Feb 13, 2018

In a ruined futuristic city, live Rachel and Wick, both dealing with their own pasts. After 'The Company ' leaves the city to its fate, mechanical and biological creatures flourish-none more terrifying than Mord, a gigantic bear. Then Rachel finds a creature she names Borne. His relationship with Rachel is complicated and neither she or Wick can know what he will mean to their future. Wonderful writing and this book would make a great movie.

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AnonnyM
Feb 06, 2018

While well written, and an interesting premise, I had to return this book about halfway through: I couldn't take the violence and gore.

DPLjennyp Feb 06, 2018

A really interesting fresh take on a post-apocalyptic world. Reminiscent of Atwood's Oryx and Crake, but also different.

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paperclypse2
Dec 23, 2017

I loved this book.

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Chinderixx
Aug 12, 2018

Sexual Content: Sex scenes between Rachel and Wick though they aren't too explicit.

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Chinderixx
Aug 12, 2018

Coarse Language: Strong language.

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Chinderixx
Aug 12, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Contains some gory fight scenes between Mord and several different characters that may be scary or intense for some readers.

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Chinderixx
Aug 12, 2018

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Chinderixx
Aug 12, 2018

BORNE: "What's a dog?"
RACHEL: "You know what a dog is."
BORNE: "A dog is a meal on four paws."
RACHEL: Borne!"
BORNE: "You said that."
RACHEL: "You said it was a joke."

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