Bird Box | Josh Malerman (Book Review)

Bird Box | Josh Malerman (Book Review)Paperback: Reprint edition, 262 pages
Published: February 10th 2015 by Ecco (first published March 1st 2014)
Original Title: Bird Box
ISBN: 0062259660 (ISBN13: 9780062259660)
Edition Language: English
Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.

Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one

knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.


Here’s the thing about this book that you must know before you start it…you will not be able to put it down. I truly mean that. A friend of mine and I decided to read it and she got a head start on me. By the time I was starting it she only had about 40 pages to go and I thought, “well we will have to wait at least a couple days to talk about it while I read it.” I started reading it at about 6 in the evening and I finished it at 1:30 in the morning. I could not stop turning the page. Even when I was scared (which you will be), even when I was tired (I was) I absolutely had to know what was coming next.

I don’t even know where to truly start with this book because it’s almost in a league of it’s own. On the surface it’s a typical survival in the time of an apocalypse story but deep down it’s much more than that. It’s fascinating, gruesome, haunting, terrifying, emotional, heartbreaking, and so much more. The writing and the type of story that it was reminded me very much of Station Eleven but this book was much, much darker.

If you’ve ever read or watched anything set after civilization as we know it ceases to exist you probably try and imagine what you would do in that world. Could you survive? You tend to not ever wonder about what it would be like if every single person left lost one of their senses though. It makes the book that much more harrowing to think that somehow they have to navigate this world completely blind.

In a way you’re left almost as completely blind as the characters in the story which adds to the intensity of reading the book. You have no idea what is out there. You have no idea what causes people to go mad just from looking at it for a second.

It’s a fascinating tale of survival and love and friendship and some of the darkest things imaginable that you won’t soon forget. There are certain scenes that will stay with you long after you’ve finished and some that you might wish you could forget but it is so worth the read. The author is actually in a band called The High Strung and while normally people say don’t quit your day job I truly hope Josh doesn’t stop writing. I would gladly pick up anything else written by him.

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