The Binding

The Binding

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Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there's something you want to forget, he can help. If there's something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible. In a vault under his mentor's workshop, row upon row of books - and memories - are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it. THE BINDING is an unforgettable, magical novel: a boundary-defying love story and a unique literary event.
Publisher: London :, The Borough Press,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780008272142
9780008288594
9780008272111
Characteristics: 438 ; 23 cm.

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The Binding This has been a surprise hit for Bridget Collins and is her first adult novel. She has previously written seven young adult novels and had two plays produced and after reading this I will be definitely following up and reading her young adult work. The Binding packs an emotional wallop as Collins puts her main characters through a lot of near misses, tragedy and high drama. But… (more)


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thefoxdenbooks
Jan 22, 2020

This book is perfect for someone looking for magical realism cooked up in a slowly simmering gothic pot. Storytelling at it’s finest.

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brookelundquist
Jan 14, 2020

The book centers around people who can take memories you no longer want to remember and "bind" them to a book. The idea and the characters were great but it did read fairly slow which killed the story at points.

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samsue
Oct 20, 2019

I gave up on this book half way through, something I rarely do. Apparently, this author is a successful writer of books for young adults. If this is an example, I feel sorry for her readers. This book starts out with one promising idea, touches it only long enough to arouse your curiosity, then moves onto another idea, then another, then another. Any of these ideas would have made for a decent read, but the writer hasn't done the work to fully flesh out any of them. Not impressive.

JessicaGma Oct 17, 2019

It took a bit to get into the mythos here about why books are bad and what they actually represent in this world, but once you figure out what the deal is with Emmett, it makes sense, and the story picks up. I don't know if it was that novel in terms of magic versus normals, but the pretense of books acting as pensieves is interesting. Intriguing but not the best fantasy I have read this year.

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 07, 2019

RATING: 1 STAR
DNF @ 30%
(Review Not on Blog)

This novel was a bit painful to read and not based on subject matter but because of the writing. I found that my mind either wandered and I could not remember what I last read, or I found myself forcing myself to reread passages. I then decided to try the audiobook and I was able to make it to 30% before I realized I have no investment in the story or the characters. I am giving up on this one.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

LPL_LeahN May 18, 2019

Imagine a world where our secrets and memories, good and bad, are taken from us and bound into books. We can choose to be bound and forget. For love, or for money, or just for the sake of forgetting our pain. But there's always a cost.

This book is kind of dark and brooding, but the premise is so compelling. I feel like the author could write an entire series about bookbinders, and I would gobble them up, too. It's very descriptively written and includes a beautiful romance.

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becker
Apr 08, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this. It is a mix between historical fiction and folklore and was fresh and well written. I especially loved the subtle sense of dread throughout the novel which made you feel as if something bad was going to happen any minute. It takes place in a world that uses a process called binding to erase certain memories from a person's mind which is then stored in a book. You may find it a bit slow to start but it doesn't take long to get wrapped up in the character's lives.

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