Borne

5 books in series
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Borne Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Jeff VanderMeer (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Borne

    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rough Narrator

    • By Guitarist of the Midwest on 07-13-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Borne

    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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.

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  • Book 2-3

    • The Borne Stories Box Set

    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Nebula Award-winning author Jeff VanderMeer presents two mind-bending stories in a single collection that expand and weave deeply into the world of his critically acclaimed novel Borne.

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • The Strange Bird

    • A Borne Story
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    The Strange Bird is a new kind of creature, built in a laboratory - she is part bird, part human, part many other things. But now the lab in which she was created is under siege, and the scientists have turned on their animal creations. Flying through tunnels, dodging bullets, and changing her colors and patterning to avoid capture, the Strange Bird manages to escape. But she cannot just soar in peace above the earth.

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    • By BUSHBILL on 02-03-18

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 3

    • Three Dead Astronauts

    • The Borne Series
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
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    A mind-bending take on the post-apocalyptic, Three Dead Astronauts expands the world of Nebula Award-winning author Jeff VanderMeer's critically acclaimed novel Borne.

    Regular price: $17.47