“Somehow it went from too soon to too late, without the right moment in between.”
~ The Binding by Bridget Collins
This book delves into a world where books are not just books.They are dangerous and objects of fascination. They carry memories of real people who choose to forget and give a part of their lives away. Only a person born as a Binder can bind another’s memories.
The protagonist of the story Emmet Farmer is suffering from a strange kind of illness. When he is chosen to be the Binders apprentice and work in a bindery, he is surprised that his family wants him to go as they despise books and the craft itself. The story takes a wild turn when he discovers a book with his name written on it.
As a booklover, I found the concept both revolting and fascinating. It was very different from what I had expected and the storyline took me by surprise.The book is a little slow at certain points esp when it comes to the description of the places. I don’t mind descriptive books but it should add to the story and not make it dull.
The characters and the setting is somewhat darker than what I usually read. The main characters Emmett and Lucian are morally grey too, but I found myself rooting for them the whole time(yes there is queer romance too). I couldn’t help but like them.
This book truly is one of a kind and I think everyone should read it atleast once. The storyline and the rest of the writing more than makes up for the slow paced parts in the book.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy, queerlit or just beautifully written words in general.
Have you read The binding? What did you think of it. Let me know in the comments section below.