Borne by Jeff VanderMeer | Book Review

BorneBorne by Jeff VanderMeer

This book made my brain explode with color. The post-apocalyptic world is alive with dreadful creatures, bubbling bio-chemical rivers and pools, and ruin. The heroine, Rachel, from what I gathered (she tells the story and mentions her appearance only briefly) appears to be a woman of color (African descent?), which is welcomed, as most science fiction has white characters and male protagonists.

The antagonist, Mord, is a 3-story tall, brown bear that flies. Yes, you read that correctly. The title of the book is the name Rachel gives the almost human, plant and cephalopod like, bio-tech that she adopts, teaches, and shares living space with. Then there is Wick, her boyfriend. He had been an employee of The Company, the corporate entity responsible for the destruction of the earth via bio-technology.

Everyday is a struggle for existence for all except Mord. Ridding the city of Mord is a challenge. Living with a growing multi-dimensional, bio-technical creature like Borne is another challenge. Then there are the secrets that Wick and Rachel keep from each other. What’s the outcome? That’s for you to find out.

Once I ventured into this world, I couldn’t put the book down. It’s easy to suspend disbelief and believe the unbelievable. And, as far as believing a company will destroy the earth – that’s completely conceivable.

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