11.03.2017

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer {Book Review}

Have you been looking for a book featuring a giant god-like flying bear, a mysterious Company ensconced in a skyscraper within a decimated city, and some shape-shifting biotech? Then do I ever  have the book for you - Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. I guess the cover should have clued me in to what I was in store for! #books #bookreview #review
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Have you been looking for a book featuring a giant god-like flying bear, a mysterious Company ensconced in a skyscraper within a decimated city, and some shape-shifting biotech? Then do I ever  have the book for you - Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. I guess the cover should have clued me in to what I was in store for!

While reading Borne  I learned about the existence of an entirely new-to-me genre - New Weird. The genre starts with ideas often found in fantasy novels, but pushes those ideas to extremes that will leave your brain hurting. According to this article from Book Riot, the idea is to "subvert cliches of the fantastic in order to put them to discomfiting, rather than consoling ends." Other authors who write in this genre are China Mieville, David Mitchell, and Octavia Butler.

But back to the giant bear  . . .  in Borne, we are introduced to an unnamed post-apocalyptic city and to Rachel, who has survived it by the skin of her teeth. She has teamed up with Wick, a drug dealer, in an alliance that can feel tenuous. We follow her as she meets the titular Borne and struggles to deal with her circumstances. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but this story was riveting.

I was very happy to see that VanderMeer is writing a few novellas in the Borne universe, which I will certainly pick up. I also plan on reading his Southern Reach Trilogy because I am apparently a fan of New Weird!

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