Author Jeff VanderMeer is known for his surreal sci-fi Southern Reach trilogy (the first book was Annihilation, which was made into a movie).
With Borne, VanderMeer gets even weirder, but more literary as well. It’s a creepy, fascinating post-apocalyptic story set in a world overrun with bizarre biotechnology.
A scavenger in a ruined city finds a small, talking plant-like creature while ruffling through the fur of a bear the size of an apartment building. Things get stranger from there as the plant thing becomes both much more human and much less human.
The characters are fully-realized, full of doubts and vulnerabilities and strengths. While I was a little let down by the ending, Borne is still an impressive, inventive book.