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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.

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Critical Praise

“VanderMeer’s deep talent for worldbuilding takes him into realms more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road than of the Shire. Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Supremely literary, distinctly unusual . . . Superb.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it’s a thorough marvel.” —Colson Whitehead, bestselling author of The Underground Railroad

“VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with Borne he essentially invents a new one. . . . More than just weird fiction: weird literature.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A dizzying thrill-ride of a book, reader-friendly and immersive, by turns hilarious, harrowing and heartbreaking in perfect measure.” —National Post

“This coming-of-age story signals that eco-fiction has come of age as well: wilder, more reckless and more breathtaking than previously thought.” —New York Times Book Review

“The most necessary VanderMeer book yet.” —Wired

Borne, Jeff Vandermeer’s lyrical and harrowing new novel, may be the most beautifully written, and believable, post-apocalyptic tale in recent memory.” —Los Angeles Times

“VanderMeer offers another conceptual cautionary tale of corporate greed, scientific hubris, and precarious survival. . . . [His] talent for immersive world-building and stunning imagery is on display in this weird, challenging, but always heartfelt novel.” —Booklist (starred review)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443449137
  • ISBN 10: 144344913X
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 04/25/2017
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Science Fiction / General
  • BISAC2: FICTION / General
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Dystopian

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