Borne

Borne

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First Canadian edition.
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**A National Post Best Book of the Year**

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear. Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly and broke free. Driven insane by his torture at the Company, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers like Rachel.



At first, Borne looks like nothing at all--just a green lump that might be a Company discard. The Company, although severely damaged, is rumoured to still be making creatures and sending them to distant places that have not yet suffered Collapse.



Borne somehow reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. When she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, the Balcony Cliffs, she convinces her lover, Wick, a former employee of the Company, not to render Borne down to raw genetic material for the drugs he sells.



Wick is a special kind of supplier; the drug dealers in the city sell tiny creatures that can be swallowed or stuck in the ear to release powerful memories of other people's happier times, or to pull forgotten memories from the user's own mind, or to just produce beautiful visions that provide escape from the barren, craterous landscapes of the city.



Searching Wick's apartment one day, Rachel finds a burnt, unreadable journal titled Mord that cryptically references the Magician, a rival drug dealer, and the Company building. What is Wick hiding? Why won't he tell her about what happened when he worked for the Company?

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2017]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443449120
Branch Call Number: FIC Vande
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 24 cm

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paperclypse2
Dec 23, 2017

I loved this book.

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mblummichaels
Dec 20, 2017

essentially, a waste of time. Did the author write with a film contract in mind??

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atwood_benner_cho
Nov 14, 2017

Borne is a great mysterious character. There are so many post-apocalyptic novels out there right now, but this one is special. The book has a great feeling of claustrophobia about it.

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SandraLH
Aug 22, 2017

Kind of creepy and depicts a lot of gruesome behavior. Liked the unique creativity of the Borne creature.

Beatricksy Jul 15, 2017

It's charming, in a disgusting way, with innocent killers and gruesome worms and word play, and with a landscape that is so tangible you can taste the dust and feel the wind sweeping through the streets. But the pacing is bizarre and the characters, while likable after a while, are kept at a considerable distance. The narration style is isolated and lonely. It's a slow burn with secrets that don't give themselves up easily. The ending is beautiful, but the bulk leading up to it is disjointed. I feel like I might have gotten more out of this if I were a parent, seeing a child change as they learn and become human. If I had to guess, I bet Station Eleven fans would enjoy this one. If they can deal with a giant flying bear and a whole lot of tentacles, of course.

GSPLjodie Jul 14, 2017

Interesting and thought-provoking dystopian tale. Loved the atmosphere and setting. Recommended.

SCL_Tricia Jul 07, 2017

I love the cover, it drew me in and when I met Borne it didn't disappoint. I don't really know how to describe this book, the world building is minimal and yet you are pulled into this strange (very strange) dystopian environment that you just believe. I found it was the relationships that made me want to stick with it. A book that will make you ponder long after you are done reading.

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PearlyBaker
May 12, 2017

And this, Mr. Patterson is how to write a novel about the forthcoming singularity apocalypse; unless, of course, Mr. Trump usurps the inevitable. I was at a David Bowie show on a square of double sided Workingman's Pig when I first got a glimpse of the Matrix. On many occasions after I saw visions of this nightmarish digitized, illusive, panopticon, transhumanistic future that Vandermeer so adroitly illustrated. I always assumed they were hallucinations but now I realize my mind was able to break through our dimension and peak into the elastic time and space of the multiverse. Or not. It's like Sigmund F. said, "Sometimes a cigar, is just a cigar," so mayhap it's all just a canard.

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