Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Title: Dead Astronauts (Borne #2)
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 240 Pages
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Blurb: A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. A raving madman who wanders the desert lost in the past, haunted by his own creation: an invisible monster whose name he has forgotten and whose purpose remains hidden.
Jeff VanderMeer’s Dead Astronauts presents a City with no name of its own where, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives human and otherwise converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth—all the Earths.
Why I’m Excited For It: Jeff VanderMeer has been hit or miss for me. I adored Borne and Annihilation. Both incorporated biology, and both slipped at some point or another into that realm between Science Fiction and Horror, which is one of my favorite genre mash ups. And yet, I wasn’t nearly as enthralled by some of his others, (namely: Authority). Being that this is a prequel (as I understand it) of Borne, I’m excited and hopeful to find more of that magic I know VanderMeer is capable of.
But I’m also very excited to return to the City and hopefully explore the Company before it’s downfall. I don’t anticipate on seeing Rachel again, and I’m not entirely sure I can expect to see Borne, but I’d love to revisit Wick and get some more of his backstory.
I did cheat a little and read the first chapter and some of the following pages. It definitely promises to be a challenging and bizarre read (as I would expect). I’m not sure I followed everything that was going on, but at 240 pages it should be a quick read and I’m hoping I remember enough of Borne to get the hang of it!