‘borne’ is the latest dazzling novel from new weird author jeff vandermeer

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“borne,” the latest novel from new weird author jeff vandermeer, is a story of loving self-sacrifice, hallucinatory beauty and poisonous trust. much as with his acclaimed southern reach trilogy, “borne” transpires in the throes of a drawn-out ecocatastrophe. a nameless city inhabited by scavengers and the remnants of failed bioengineering experiments is dominated by a corporation known simply as the company. the strange hero in this chaotic world is borne, an enigmatic chimera raised by the narrator, rachel.(fsg)when rachel first rescues baby borne from his precarious nest in the fur of a giant bear named mord, he resembles an exotic houseplant. soon, he learns to speak, ask unanswerable questions and make provocative yet seemingly innocent statements — as children do. but rachel’s partner, wick, is skeptical of borne’s innocence. he calls borne a weapon. puzzling increases in borne’s knowledge and his steady physical growth, tied with a sudden drop in the local population of lizards, spiders and soon of every living thing besides themselves, force rachel to realize that wick may be right. vandermeer’s undeniable skill as a writer keeps what could be an unwieldy b......

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