Waiting on Wednesday: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we get to highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  My book this week is : Borne by Jeff VanderMeer.  This book sounds crazy good and check out the two covers – no idea what is going on with these – they’re so unusual.

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named 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 make creatures and send 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. She feels an attachment she resents; attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, the Balcony Cliffs, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick, not to render Borne down to raw genetic material for the drugs he sells—she cannot break that bond.

Wick is a special kind of supplier, because the drug dealers in the city don’t sell the usual things. They sell tiny creatures that can be swallowed or stuck in the ear, and that release powerful memories of other people’s happier times or pull out forgotten memories from the user’s own mind—or just produce beautiful visions that provide escape from the barren, craterous landscapes of the city.

Against his better judgment, out of affection for Rachel or perhaps some other impulse, Wick respects her decision. Rachel, meanwhile, despite her loyalty to Wick, knows he has kept secrets from her. Searching his apartment, she finds a burnt, unreadable journal titled “Mord,” a cryptic reference to the Magician (a rival drug dealer) and evidence that Wick has planned the layout of the Balcony Cliffs to match the blueprint of the Company building. What is he hiding? Why won’t he tell her about what happened when he worked for the Company?

Release date: June 15th 2017


19 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer”

  1. brideofthebookgod

    The ebook came out on Thursday and I had finished it by Saturday lunchtime. It’s really awesome, so I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read 🙂

  2. Nathan

    Yep. Sounds like a VanderMeer book. Completely alien yet captivating.

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I want this book badly. I an also in love with both covers. Great choice this week and I hope we both love it when we get around to it!

  4. Tammy

    The American edition is already out, and I’m so behind because I have a NetGalley copy I still need to read. But I’m looking forward to it, VanderMeer is always fun to read:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m really looking forward to this one – it sounds very unusual -but I hope in a good way.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Quite an unusual premise, and I love the covers – both of them 🙂
    A book to keep on one’s radar, indeed: thanks for sharing!

    • @lynnsbooks

      He is a very unusual author it seems – I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve only read the first in his Southern Reach series but it was very scary and I do have the other two – just need to find time to fit them in now.
      Lynn 😀

  6. sjhigbee

    Yippee! I’ve just discovered today that my request for an arc has been accepted:)).

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    VanderMeer has always struck me as one of those “hit or miss” authors for me, though I did try one of his books once and loved it! I will look forward to your thoughts on this one 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      He’s an unusual author isn’t he. I’ve only read the start of his Southern Reach books – the first book was very good, creepy and strange. I’m looking forward to this one though. I definitely think it will be a challenging read – but hopefully in a good way.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Danya @ Fine Print

    This one sounds so weird, but I’m into it for some reason! Both covers are intriguing, for sure.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think it will be challenging but hopefully rewarding too.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Greg

    Sounds very unique and different, I’ll have to go check it out on Goodreads. The covers have me curious too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t make out what’s going on with the covers at all – perhaps they’ll make perfect sense after reading. If you have a sudden brainwave and figure them out though please share.
      Lynn 😀

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