Review – Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

BorneBorne by Jeff VanderMeer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a sucker for themes around making sense of trauma, and even if the rest of the book were complete drivel I would have enjoyed it for the traumatized characters/city/world. However, it’s also beautifully written and nicely weird. I may be spoiled by less mainstream fiction, but where the story fell flat for me was in not pushing itself as far as it felt like it could have gone, both in terms of the prose, and the weirdness and complexity of the story. It was a bit like “you set me up for an experimental symphony but in the end I kinda just got pop. It’s good pop, but I almost heard something I’d never heard before…”

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