VanderMeer has crept into being one of my favorite authors, although I just discovered his books this year. I love the Southern Reach series and was ecstatic to read Borne. It is a very fantastical novel set it a post apocalyptic world. Rachel is just trying to survive by scavenging and hanging around with her drug dealing boyfriend. Her world is changed when she meets Borne, something from deep within the organization.
While I enjoyed Borne, it did not have the same connection that The Southern Reach series did. The writing was not quite as lyrical, although it was still very well done. The story was entertaining and the world building was more developed. It is not a story that would resonate well with everyone, but if you do not need concrete, and you are interested in reading something a little different, then Borne is worth checking out.
This is book is amazing. Shusterman is an extremely gifted author who creates vivid new worlds. His characters are so believable that they become real. You relate with them and struggle with them. Their fear becomes your fear. His world is not our own, but how easily it could be. The rationalization makes sense and in our current climate you could see how easily something so horrific could start taking place.
If anything this book was too real.
I am the parent of three teenagers all of which have special needs. While they are all amazing they also have struggles. There is a long history of doing away with children like my own. They were put in camps during the Holocaust, shoved in unsafe asylums, and any number of atrocity. In Shusterman's world my children would not stand a chance. I think this is why it hit a little too close to home to me. I just cannot see myself being able to continue reading this series.
Yet it is a story that needs to be told. People need to think about the value they put on other people's lives and the justifications they use to devalue them.
What happens when the internet takes over our minds and connects us directly to machines? All it takes is the ultimate hack for the world to fall down around us. The Feed is a post apocalyptic novel that touches on family, society, and our use of technology.
The book is well written, yet is not spectacular. I was looking forward to this book and was hoping for a bit more then I got. Yet overal it is a solid piece of work. While the characters were real I wish they were a little more flushed out.
I think the best part of the novel was the ending -not because it was over - because it started to talk about the real issues. Although it tried to be a bit mystic it really was not. I have not decided if I actually like how the book ended. It is just that the end of the book is when it really seemed to pick up and be truly interesting.
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