- A signed first edition of Borne in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
- A collectible booklet featuring the Powells.com interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Jeff VanderMeer
- Other surprises!
Jeff VanderMeer is well known for his Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), a series of books that have won science fiction and fantasy awards but are just as often classified as literature. His latest book, Borne— about a world that has fallen to tragedy — crosses the same boundaries, with beautiful prose and lyrical writing. But Borne is no standard post-apocalyptic novel. There is hope in the devastated city in which it takes place, as VanderMeer immerses us in the trusting, graceful relationship between Rachel and the other-worldly creature she named Borne. It's hard to understand the gravity and force that keeps us captivated by Rachel's attachment to Borne (after all, we don't know if Borne is a he, a human, an animal, a weapon), but the lure is irresistible. We wholeheartedly present Borne as our selection for Volume 66 of Indiespensable.
"Supremely literary, distinctly unusual... VanderMeer’s deep talent for worldbuilding takes him into realms more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road than of the Shire. Superb." — Kirkus (Starred Review)
"Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it's a thorough marvel." — Colson Whitehead
"The textures of Borne shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit. What’s even more remarkable is the reservoirs of feeling that VanderMeer is able to tap into... resulting in something more than just weird fiction: weird literature." — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)