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一部當代的黑暗寓言在後末日的世界裡,探索身分的意義在不遠的未來,殘暴噬血的飛天巨熊魔德(Mord)獨裁統治著一座幾近廢棄的城市。城市受乾旱與衝突的侵襲,充滿倒閉的生技公司留下的實驗殘骸,宛如鬼城般……《紐約時報》暢銷書《遺落南境三部曲》作者反烏托邦奇幻新作!◎《紐約時報》、《哈芬登郵報》、《芝加哥讀者報》(Chicago Reader)、《出版者周刊》、閱讀網(Book Riot)2017年最期待書籍之一!◎版權以六位數美金售出!◎派拉蒙電影已簽下電影版權!在後末日的廢棄城市裡,一如往常,正當瑞秋(Rachael)在突變種飛天巨熊魔德附近撿拾動物殘骸時,發現一隻綠色的奇妙生物!她很清楚他可能是生技公司的實驗失敗品,也明白在危險充斥的世界裡,任何一絲軟弱都可能致命,他卻讓瑞秋想起早已被海平面吞噬的故鄉生活,於是將其帶回家飼養,並取名為「Borne」。漸漸地,Borne學會說話,也逐漸了解周遭的世界,他的單純在破碎的世界裡顯得無比珍貴,瑞秋只想義無反顧地保護他……然而,Borne對於自我一點也不了解,他天真、聰明卻強大,當他逐漸成長,將威脅到城市的權力平衡,也隨之將瑞秋暴露在危險的境地……他的外表與內心不斷變動,甚至有辦法變形為與周遭人事物十分相似的形體,他總是詢問瑞秋:「我是人嗎?我是武器嗎?」另一方面,瑞秋的情人威克(Wick)十分反對她將來路不明的Borne帶回家飼養,更與似乎尚未完全倒閉的生技公司有一段可疑的過去!然而,不管是瑞秋、威克還是Borne,都隱藏著不可告人的秘密,當新危機出現,一切都將不再相同……Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Book Riot, Chicago Reader, The Week, and Publishers Weekly.“Am I a person?” Borne asked me.“Yes, you are a person,” I told him. “But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company―a biotech firm now derelict―and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump―plant or animal?―but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts―and definitely against Wick’s wishes―Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.“He was born, but I had borne him.”But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk. For the Company, it seems, may not be truly dead, and new enemies are creeping in. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same.


■作者簡介傑夫‧凡德米爾 Jeff VanderMeer身兼作家、編輯、出版人以及教師等多重身份,同時也是「新怪譚」(New Weird)流派的代表作家。他以華麗且實驗性的筆法為長,在文壇獲獎無數。他以《遺落南境Ⅰ:滅絕》獲得星雲獎。過去曾獲三次世界奇幻獎(World Fantasy Awards)、軌跡獎(Locus Award)、雷斯靈獎(Rhysling Award)、英倫奇幻獎(British Fantasy Award)、英倫科幻協會獎(BSFA Award),也曾入圍雨果獎,作品更被收入美國圖書館科幻故事集與數本年度最佳科幻小說選集。此外他創立的「異想部」出版社也致力於發掘大膽創新的年輕作家。凡德米爾的小說已在全球被翻譯成二十二種語言,《遺落南境》系列也已授權超過二十國。他於斐濟長大,現與妻子居於佛羅里達州塔拉赫西。

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