Get ready, it’s about to get weird! But chances are, if you’re a fan of the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale and its bestselling novel counterpart, you’re already prepared for that.
If there’s a special place in your heart for that strange little desert town and all its unlikely inhabitants, you might enjoy a visit to Jeff VanderMeer’s city, a dystopian wasteland under the paw of a despotic giant flying bear. It’s a city where scavengers looking for biotech to salvage may find a strange, glowing green thing—not distinguishably plant or animal—tangled in the bear’s fur. At least that’s what happens to Rachel.
As with Night Vale, Borne asks what it means to be a person in a dangerous, ever-changing world. And in Rachel’s case, whether taking in, bonding with – and finding humanity in – an intelligent, growing and shapeshifting something is too much to risk. A little bleak, a little creepy, but ultimately beautiful, if you like Welcome to Night Vale, Borne is the kind of high concept sci-fi we know you’ll love.
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