When Jeff Vandermeer was asked about his newest novel Borne by The New York Times back in 2014, he described it as, “kind of a weird combination of a Chekhov play in the round, with the equivalent of Godzilla and Mothra fighting in the background.” Having read Borne, it is exactly as Vandermeer said: Borne is an intense, intimate look at personal relationships, the ways people lift each other up and tear each other down, pain, memory, compassion, technology, hope, love, and monsters, both human and not. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before: magical, mesmerizing, and deep, Vandermeer has written a rare gem of a novel that is in a category entirely of its own.

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