The unusual Bird—from New York Times bestselling novelist Jeff VanderMeer—is a novella-length electronic unique that expands and weaves deeply into the area of his “thorough marvel”* of a unique, Borne.
The unusual fowl is a brand new form of creature, in-built a laboratory—she is an element chicken, half human, half many different issues. yet now the lab within which she used to be created is lower than siege and the scientists have became on their animal creations. Flying via tunnels, dodging bullets, and altering her colours and patterning to prevent catch, the unusual chicken manages to escape.
But she can't simply jump in peace above the earth. The sky itself is filled with natural world that rejects her as one among their very own, and likewise filled with technology—satellites and drones and different detritus of the human civilization lower than that has all yet destroyed itself. And the farther she flies, the deeper she reveals herself within the orbit of the corporate, a collapsed biotech enterprise that has populated the area with experiments either failed and profitable that experience outlived the company itself: a pack of networked foxes, a tremendous predatory endure. yet of the various creatures she encounters with whom she bears a few type of kinship, it's the humans—all of them now easily scrambling to survive—who are the main insidious, who nonetheless see her as easily whatever to own, to seize, to exchange, to take advantage of. by no means to appreciate, by no means to welcome home.
With The unusual fowl, Jeff VanderMeer has performed greater than upload one other layer, a brand new bankruptcy, to his celebrated novel Borne. He has created an entire new point of view at the global inhabited by way of Rachel and Wick, the Magician, Mord, and Borne—a view from above, in fact, but in addition a view from deep contained in the brain of a brand new type of creature who will struggle and undergo and stay for the tenuous way forward for this world.
Praise for Borne
*“Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern succeed in Trilogy was once an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he keeps his research into the malevolent grace of the area, and it is a thorough marvel.” —Colson Whitehead
“VanderMeer is that infrequent novelist who turns to nonhumans to not cause them to approximate us up to attainable yet to make such approximation most unlikely. All of this can be magnified a hundredfold in Borne . . . here's the tale approximately biotech that VanderMeer desires to inform, a imaginative and prescient of the nonhuman now not as one mounted factor, one fastened future, yet as both peaceable or catastrophic, via our facet or out on a rampage as our habit dictates—for those are our youngsters, born people and now to be borne in no matter what form or mess we've created. This coming-of-age tale signs that eco-fiction has come of age to boot: wilder, extra reckless and extra breathtaking than formerly notion, a bet and a promise that what emerges from the twenty-first century may be pretty much as good as any from the 20th, or the nineteenth.” —Wai Chee Dimock, The manhattan instances e-book Review