A Novel

Book - 2017
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In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a small green lump of 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 hands of the Company, Mord terrorizes the city.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First Canadian edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781443449120
Characteristics: 352 pages


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GSPLjodie Jul 14, 2017

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

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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.

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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