Sunday, July 16, 2017
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer review
I'm not sure where to begin with this review. I think the book was good?? I know that sounds strange, to not understand whether I actually liked it or not, but the last 50 pages still have my head spinning trying to wrap myself around what happened.
*Spoilers ahead and I dunno how to make a spoiler tag so you've been warned!*
I guess what's confusing me is that I still don't understand WHO the characters were or WHAT they were other than Rachel and Borne. When it's revealed that Wick isn't human, it's not explained (at least I don't remember an explanation) for what his purpose actually is. Is he just a piece of biotech built at the Company who's purpose is to be an assistant to the other scientists? Was he made as a scientist to transcend the capabilities of human thinking in order to complete the "fish project" and therefore Mord? WHAT ABOUT THE FOXES???? Are they the people who had worked in the Company and then were turned into tech? So many questions!
Also, what the HECK is up with the Magician? I thought that who she was would be fully revealed but then she just gets her head bashed in. Throughout the whole book she didn't really seem that bad; I mean, she was just trying to get allies to kill Mord and bring the city back to life and that's why she wanted Rachel and Wick isn't it? Why were they so adamant against that? Why did Rachel kill her? Because she led the proxies and the weirdo kids to them? Was it something to do with that portal thing?
The portal thing is another reason I'm so confused. I don't know if I was just too tired or what while I was reading last night, but I'm soooo out of the loop when it comes to what that painting/portal thing was supposed to be. I'm going to go back and re-read that section again tonight once I get home and I'll update if it becomes more clear, but right now I'm just kind of wtf on it. If anybody can explain that scenario I would be very grateful.
Maybe I've just been reading Stephen King and YA for too long and this book is too advanced for my little brain or something lol.
I did love Borne just like he was my own little alien squid pet, but I also understand why Rachel did what she did.
Say you have a dog who is extremely vicious and bites everyone it sees except for you and even the best trainers can't correct it; you still love that dog with all your heart but you know you have to give it up and get rid of it, that's just how it is. I think that's what happened to Rachel and Borne. A terribly sad result but it couldn't be helped and I completely agree with her decision.
If he had stayed with them he would have eventually "sampled" them or if that didn't happen, then once the rest of the city figured out what he was doing they would have come after him and he would have led them right to Wick and Rachel.
So anyways, as it sits I give this book about 3.5 stars just because I'm still so confused even after the ending and I feel there could have been less time spent describing Rachel's torn feelings and more time going into detail about the Magician and that portal doohickey. If I go back and re-read tonight and have a light bulb moment I'll immediately reverse my decision and give it a solid 4 to 4.5.