'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.
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By Scallywag on 07-08-17
There May Be Hope...
I love Jeff VanderMeer's mind - his imagination is extraordinary. He writes beautifully, and empathically, and although Borne is set in a bleak and frightening a post apocalyptic landscape it ends on a note of profound optimism.
This lyrical, hopeful book asks: What is consciousness? What is a person? What is it to be human and non human? VanderMeer explores profound issues of identity in a novel which is superbly structured, with not a word out of place, with characters that matter to the reader, and with a message of redemption.
All this, and it's read perfectly, gorgeously, by Bahni Turpin.
Personally I couldn't ask for more.
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By Ms. S. C. Taylor on 21-01-18
i was so connected to the characters that i didn't want to say goodbye at the end. i had happy sad tears. i didn't want it to end but i was also very content which is hard to do... very clever and meaningful book... thank you Jeff VanderMeer x
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