“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, author of The Underground Railroad
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“Am I a person?” Borne asked me.
“Yes, you are a person,” I told him. “But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”
In Borne, the epic new novel from Jeff VanderMeer, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined, dangerous city of the near future. From one of her scavenging missions, Rachel brings home Borne, apparently a piece of abandoned biotech, little more than a green lump—plant or animal?—but exuding a strange charisma. As Borne grows and changes, Rachel feels an increasing attachment, even as his presence threatens to upend everything about her precarious existence. “He was born, but I had borne him.”
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