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Publisher's Summary

A novel that is simultaneously harrowing, dark, dangerous, funny and uplifting from the author of the Southern Reach trilogy.

'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.

©2017 VanderMeer Creative Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

Praise for the Southern Reach Trilogy:
"I'm loving the Southern Reach Trilogy.... Creepy and fascinating." (Stephen King)
"Hauntingly weird and brilliantly new.... These are contemporary masterpieces and career-defining novels." (Adam Robert, Books of the Year, The Guardian)

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  • Scallywag
  • 08-07-17

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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  • Ms. S. C. Taylor
  • 01-21-18

amazing

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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  • Sacha Haworth
  • 09-13-18

Strange Story That Struggles To Engage

I started out finding this post apocalyptic story of a scavenger finding an odd piece of discarded biotech and taking it home to raise it, an interesting concept, but overall, there are too many unbelievable quirks, such as the flying ability of Mord, to make this really engaging. I also struggled to understand the motivation of the protagonist, who is analytical in her day to day life, but fails utterly to visualise the potential in her adopted Borne.

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  • saskiadotritchieatgmaildotcom
  • 08-12-18

Superb - best listen in ages

I loved this. struggled to put it down to such a degree that I listened to it all night. the story pulled me in and the characters kept me going.

I had it in my wish list ages, unsure. This is a definite re-listen.

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  • Mr. S. C. Fadhley
  • 07-29-18

Splendid from beginning to end.

Not quite as creepy as Vandermeer's southern reach novela, but with more heart and monstrous pyrotechnics

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-18

good book, but I feel that something was missing.

it was okey, I liked the storey but struggled to finish a bit. just didn't get pulled in to it

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  • Paul Frankl
  • 05-10-18

Incredible book

One of the best I’ve ever read, and beautifully read by Bahni Turpin. Beautiful and haunting and sad.

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  • David
  • 11-29-17

Good idea just awfully executed

Terrible book about being a rubbish Mum badly written and no really story you think it’s building to something then it ends as depressing and boring as it started bourne was the only good thing in the book and is over shadowed but the whining and pointless story of Racheal DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME

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  • johnnie
  • 09-23-18

Compelling writing

Not really my kind of sci fi, but within the realms of plausibility. Most importantly, this is a deeply human description at of our most open best.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-26-17

I really enjoyed Borne

I really enjoyed Borne. If you like weird and wonderful Sci Fi then this is for you.

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  • Daniel
  • 02-24-18

not as good as his previous work.

Bourne starts great but towards the end it just seemed rushed and uninteresting. I more then likely won't bother with the next two installments.

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