About the book:
Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
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.
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I had seen The Binding all over social media so I was thrilled to get a review copy from Harper Collins.
The premise of The Binding was really intriguing. You can bind your memories in a book, never to be seen/felt again. Emmett begins working as a book binder, not knowing that he is already pulled to it for reasons he can’t explain.
As he goes on his apprenticeship, Emmett stumbles upon a book with his name on it. This book has the ability to change his life as he knows it.
The Binding is a dark and emotive book, with interesting characters and a really unique premise. I was expecting it to be more of a fantasy read than it actually was, but I enjoyed it all the same.