Bird Box

Bird Box

Book - 2014
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In Bird Box, brilliantly imaginative debut author Josh Malerman captures an apocalyptic near-future world, where a mother and her two small children must make their way down a river, blindfolded. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them -- but is it man, animal, or monster? Within these tracks, Malerman, a professional musician, discusses his love of horror and invokes an ethereal and atmospheric experience in an homage to Orson Welles à la War of the Worlds
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780062259653
0062259652
Characteristics: 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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It was a great read and was cool how the author bounced back between past and present. He also does an amazing job of creating fear about something the reader has no idea about - kept me quite alert. EF

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adairchristy
Jul 01, 2017

I usually don't review on books, but in this case, it is well deserved. Josh Malerman has a way of writing that creeps under your skin and sticks with you even when you don't have the book in front of you. The story of Malorie, her two young but talented children, and their journey from desperate for survival to the possibility of sanctuary is a tale I won't soon forget. This book had me anxious to close my eyes for fear of seeing the mysterious creatures when I opened them back. It is nearly impossible to put down. It gave me a very real sense of fear and made me think, 'I am not sure what I would do in this situation.'

100 Gold stars if I could, I recommend it to anyone.

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heidijoemonty
Jan 17, 2017

Not normally a genre I'd read but I'm glad I did... reminded me of an M. Night Shyamalan movie where a lot of the fear comes from what your mind visualizes. Not thrilled with the ending, but it seems to be open for more of the story, so here's hoping for a sequel.

AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

A unique story that is as well written as it is spooky!

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smmeloche
Oct 30, 2016

For my full review (and other reviews too!) check out my blog, Clues and Reviews
https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com/

Reports on the news speak of people going insane; they are becoming viciously violent, killing themselves and others. First people assume it’s a hoax, but as they become more frequent and impossible to ignore. Something is out there. Something is making this happen. Five years later, Malorie is alive with two young children. They cannot open their eyes; the children have never seen anything outside of their small, abandoned house. Malorie needs to travel to safety, it’s their only hope, but to do so, they must travel.
They mustn’t open their eyes.
They must listen carefully.
They don’t know what’s out there…

Bird Box by Josh Malerman is one of the most intense and terrifying reads I have read this year. This one is going to be extremely hard to review; I have so many things to say and so many things I want to discuss but I want to give nothing away! One thing that I can say is that this book is completely laced with tension.

Malerman’s writing is brilliant. The concept of this book was completely original.

Now I must say, I was a little disappointed in the ending, and from what I can tell; this was a fairly common feeling from others who read this book. Personally, for me, it wasn’t because it was a bad ending, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

Regardless of my feelings about the ending, I cannot deny that this novel was amazing and I think everyone needs to read it.

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trulyjennifer
Sep 22, 2016

My Summary: Something is out there… What it is, no one knows. All anyone knows is whenever it is seen the person goes mad and ends their life. Malorie has been living in an abandoned house with a group of strangers for the past five years, since the horror began. At last she finds she has no choice but to leave her safe haven. With two 5-year old children in tow, Malorie makes her way down the river, blindfolded to avoid seeing whatever it is that lurks outside.

My Thoughts: Bird Box, told from alternating perspectives of the past and present through Malorie’s eyes, was instantly engrossing. The mystery of what lies outside was intriguing and extremely unique. I found myself feeling the pain, fear, and suspense that engulfed these well-crafted characters. This was a difficult book to put down; I devoured it in one sitting. I would certainly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction lore.

AL_ANDREW Aug 02, 2016

Solid, moderately terrifying read. Reminds me thematically of several horror movies that came out in the early 2000s. One of the few horror novels that made me get up out of my chair to make sure the chills in my spine were only because of the book and the book's contents weren't becoming reality. Worth the read.

DBRL_ANNEG Jul 30, 2016

This was an apocalyptic novel with an interesting twist--the characters could only go out into the world with blindfolds on because the creature that caused the destruction of the world and its inhabitants did so simply by being seen. Setting your eyes on the creature will drive you to madness and self-destruction.

So, the premise was pretty interesting and put a new twist on a very common theme in popular fiction as of late. The book is told in chapters that rotate between "present day" and flashbacks. I generally enjoyed the flashbacks more, though the present day chapters were quite intense. I found the scenes where the characters couldn't see anything to be quite frustrating, but I guess that's the point. Imagine living in a world where the only way to stay alive was not to look.

So, would I recommend it? I think so. The story flows quickly and the characters were interesting. I just wish we could have had an idea of what was on the other side of their blindfolds!

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anjeli404
Jul 22, 2016

It was not scary, it was terrifying! My mind plays tricks on me most of the time. And when you try to finish the book while everyone else is asleep, the book comes to life and keeps you awake the entire night. I highly recommend it. Finished it in one swoop and is so hard to put down.

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DarlingSkies
May 10, 2016

This book is absolutely terrifying. I read it in one day, I was so immersed. In a world where looking upon unnamed and unknown creatures can drive you mad, isn't it scary when someone can look on them and be unaffected? Never were these creatures described or seen by the protagonist or her children, and yet the thought of them had me hesitant to look out windows. A must read, and I personally cannot wait to read more from this author.

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