Borne

Borne

A Novel

Book - 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.' In a ruined, nameless city of the future, Rachel makes her living as a scavenger. She finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic despotic bear that once prowled the corridors of a biotech firm, the Company, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly, and broke free. Made insane by the company's torture of him, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers. At first, Borne looks like nothing at all--just a green lump that might be a discard from the Company, which, although severely damaged, is rumored to still make creatures and send them to far-distant places that have not yet suffered collapse. Borne reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. She feels an attachment that she resents: attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick--a special kind of dealer--not to render down Borne as raw genetic material for the 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"--
"From the author of the Southern Reach Trilogy comes a story about two humans, and two creatures. The humans are Rachel and Wick - a scavenger and a drug dealer - both with too many secrets and fears, ready with traps to be set and sprung. The creatures are Mord and Borne - animal, perhaps plant, maybe company discard, biotech, cruel experiment, dinner, deity, or source of spare parts"--
Publisher: New York :, MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374115241
0374115249
Branch Call Number: FIC VAND
Characteristics: pages

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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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