Borne

Borne

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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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 Company—a biotech firm now derelict—and 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 lump—plant 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 instincts—and definitely against Wick's wishes—Rachel 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.
Publisher: 2017
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : MCD, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 20166 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780374714925

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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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mblummichaels
Dec 20, 2017

essentially, a waste of time. Did the author write with a film contract in mind??

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atwood_benner_cho
Nov 14, 2017

Borne is a great mysterious character. There are so many post-apocalyptic novels out there right now, but this one is special. The book has a great feeling of claustrophobia about it.

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SandraLH
Aug 22, 2017

Kind of creepy and depicts a lot of gruesome behavior. Liked the unique creativity of the Borne creature.

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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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