This month, Riverbend readers suspended reality and dived into Bridget Collins' Fantasy blockbuster The Binding, which won a huge thumbs up from an overwhelming majority of book clubbers this month - much to Chloe's delight. Though there were a few who couldn't bear it, and some who couldn't finish (Splotch's brutal death was a step too far), most readers really enjoyed the story, with a few citing it as their favourite book of the year.
To a person, all of book club found No Friend But The Mountains to be a difficult read, but for varying reasons. Some were not fans of Boochani, and found him to be aggressive and embittered. Others were put off by the poetry and prose, and found reading this book a slog. Most, however, were simply left feeling hollowed out by the oppressive culture of 'Manus Prison', and man's inhumanity to man. Almost all book clubbers, regardless of their feelings about Boochani and/or his book, felt that politics aside, the conditions in Manus as described in No Friend But The Mountains were inhumane, and not at all how our government should be treating people.