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
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: 1198 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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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.

Beatricksy Jul 15, 2017

It's charming, in a disgusting way, with innocent killers and gruesome worms and word play, and with a landscape that is so tangible you can taste the dust and feel the wind sweeping through the streets. But the pacing is bizarre and the characters, while likable after a while, are kept at a considerable distance. The narration style is isolated and lonely. It's a slow burn with secrets that don't give themselves up easily. The ending is beautiful, but the bulk leading up to it is disjointed. I feel like I might have gotten more out of this if I were a parent, seeing a child change as they learn and become human. If I had to guess, I bet Station Eleven fans would enjoy this one. If they can deal with a giant flying bear and a whole lot of tentacles, of course.

GSPLjodie Jul 14, 2017

Interesting and thought-provoking dystopian tale. Loved the atmosphere and setting. Recommended.

SCL_Tricia Jul 07, 2017

I love the cover, it drew me in and when I met Borne it didn't disappoint. I don't really know how to describe this book, the world building is minimal and yet you are pulled into this strange (very strange) dystopian environment that you just believe. I found it was the relationships that made me want to stick with it. A book that will make you ponder long after you are done reading.

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PearlyBaker
May 12, 2017

And this, Mr. Patterson is how to write a novel about the forthcoming singularity apocalypse; unless, of course, Mr. Trump usurps the inevitable. I was at a David Bowie show on a square of double sided Workingman's Pig when I first got a glimpse of the Matrix. On many occasions after I saw visions of this nightmarish digitized, illusive, panopticon, transhumanistic future that Vandermeer so adroitly illustrated. I always assumed they were hallucinations but now I realize my mind was able to break through our dimension and peak into the elastic time and space of the multiverse. Or not. It's like Sigmund F. said, "Sometimes a cigar, is just a cigar," so mayhap it's all just a canard.

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