Out on 27 June 2024

Bonding

Mariel Franklin

27 June 2024
9781035016617
540 pages

Synopsis

'Audacious, hot, deeply uncomfortable and genuinely thrilling' - Saba Sams, author of Send Nudes

Tech Will Tear Us Apart . . .

Adrift in her early thirties, Mary sets out to change her life, one ill-advised decision at a time.


First, she books a spontaneous flight to Ibiza where she meets Tom, a brilliant young chemist working on an experimental drug called Eudaxa that claims to cure the anxieties of modern life. As their connection deepens, Mary thinks she might finally be falling in love.

Then Mary lands a job at Openr, an innovative dating app with no limits. Its founder, Mary’s ex girlfriend Lara, will do everything it takes to make it a global phenomenon.

When Mary introduces Lara and Tom, love and pharma collide with devastating consequences. As whispers about Eudaxa’s side effects begin to grow, Mary is forced to ask whether love is even possible in a society that is falling apart.

Whip-smart and painfully relatable, Bonding is a uniquely modern story of sex and freedom in the messy tangle of our digital age.

'Part love story, part love-mare, Bonding asks big, bold questions about the future of human relations and relationships' - Sarah May, author of Becky

As relishable as it is terrifying, Bonding is an audacious, hot, deeply uncomfortable and genuinely thrilling deep-dive into the dystopian future in which we now live
Somewhere between Big Pharma-topia and dating app start-ups is Bonding’s biggest surprise – and it’s heart-shaped. Part love story, part love-mare, Bonding asks big, bold questions about the future of human relations and relationships
Franklin arranges her vision of the contemporary moment in a way that makes the reader see our predicament anew. She is a seer and this novel of ideas is funny, sexy and surprising.