The Binding — R&view

Have you ever felt in love with a book at first sight? Well, I saw the Binding in a promotional picture on twitter and I knew it needed for it to be mine. I get all the ” don’t judge a book by its cover” but this one turned out being equally amazing on the inside as it is on the outside.


s y n o p s i s :

39964740Imagine you could erase your grief. Imagine you could forget your pain. Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever. 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. 


I requested the advanced copy of the Binding on Netgallery and forgot all about it. I just kept lusting on that amazing cover that promised wonders and I knew that I had to add it to my collection; then one day I received an email stating that I had been somehow granted the e-book copy of the book I was… torn! Excited, for sure, but torn!
Surely some of you can relate, wanting a book so much, expecting so much from it but also knowing it’s not probably going to be your cup of tea because of personal taste, experience and ones actual state of mind. But if you knew that, why want it so badly?
I guess I wanted a taste of it. I wanted to see if the book was really as good as the cover, to feel the author’s words on my skin, to see with my eyes their choices, their plot devices and to try to get myself out of my own comfort zone.

The truth is, I know myself, I know what it takes for me to like a book. Books are art and as such they need to make you feel something, to trap you into them and that’s what the Binding did to me; the fact that the feeling I ended up having was of deep anxiety has nothing to do with the book and only with my own personal triggers. Nevertheless,  I’m grateful. I’m grateful to this book because it made me feel something. Will I probably enjoy it better the second read around? Sure, but I wouldn’t trade that first experience with anything else.

This book it’s simply spectacular: the ideas, the characters, the world that Bridget Collins created are so vivid, colourful, and magical; they reverberate in your ribcage like hummingbirds needing to burst free from you and make you feel their full power. And you’ll gladly whether through, word after word, page after page, needing more, never having enough. And when the last page will be turned, you’ll mourn the loss of such a beautiful story and invite your friends to have that same experience, right before you’ll dive, once again, right into it.

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C o n c l u s i o n s :

Would I recommend this book? Yes, hands down, absolutely. I would add some disclaimer tho: if you are in a bad place, have anxiety and feeling powerless or not in control of your destiny is one of your triggers… Buddy read this book with a friend. Don’t give up on it.  If you are into high fantasy, LGBT characters, medieval-like settings and magic, GO. BUY. THIS. BOOK!  you’ll love it, you’ll devour it or maybe it’ll devour you!

“The Binding is so vivid and seamless, that it can’t be categorised as simple literature.
It’s a hit, a new classic! It must be the work of a binder because a story so vivid can’t be imagined, it can only be thread into pages from a memory of a faraway world.”

4.5/5★A MUST READ

(with disclaimers)

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