I am so excited that the movie version of the Bird Box is out!
This was a great book of an apocalyptic type world where everyone literally has to be blind or suffer consequences. Let’s take a look at Bird Box.
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (February 10, 2015)
- ISBN-10: 0062259660
- Order here
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.
Tawney’s Review: Right away I was intrigued by the premises. The world must be blind. People have to wear something over their eyes or they might see some unknown source that will make them go insane.
The story reverts from the present to the past with our main character Malorie. We start off 5 years after the events that caused the world to hide. Malorie and her two children are trying to escape their home to find help. They have been alone for a while and it’s time to venture out into the scary world. A world where things are hiding, you can feel it but can’t see it.
The story alternates chapters from the present to revert to the past right when the event happens and the world goes crazy. We follow Malorie as she navigates this dangerous new world where she meets a small group of survivors barricaded in a home. All windows are blacked out and if you must go outside you wear a blindfold, in fear of being infected by whatever is causing the insanity. You must be blind.
Whenever the characters ventured outside there was this foreboding that something bad was bound to happen. From the past or present, Malerman’s writing keeps the ominous presence of whatever lurks outside in the shadows. I have to admit that throughout the book you never really know what the cause is that makes people go insane. But no matter what it’s scary. Is it aliens? Monsters? Whatever it may be I think Malerman did a wonderful job at keeping the cause a secret. It’s far scarier to not see your assailant and I like that the monsters, or whatever they are, were never revealed.
The novel is fast pace with great description, especially when Malorie is blind. You feel her fear and hear what she hears. It’s intense and I couldn’t turn the page fast enough. Bird Box was a psychological horror book in a similar vein to Stephen King’s horror. You can’t have a group of people in a house without consequences. Are the monsters outside more dangerous than your fellow survivors?
Should you read this? Yes! With an intriguing plot full of great characters and invisible monsters it makes for an intense creeptastic read.