Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bird Box

Bird Box
Josh Malerman

Published 2014

First Sentence
"Malorie stands in the kitchen, thinking."
Publisher's Description:

Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

Dear Reader,

I just want to gush all over this book, and I probably will, reader be warned! Everything I love about creepy, scary books is hidden inside this gem. It reminded me of "Blindness" (which I just read and reviewed) mixed with a King novel (or something along those lines). I loved that it didn't follow the regular formula and how the story was broken up in two parts; essentially working back and forth through a timeline. Bird Box delivers a chilling future of darkness and paranoia, with particular attention to the main characters unique storyline, delving into even more horrific circumstances of an already twisted world.

To be clear, there is something out there. This something has the ability to cause massive havoc with a glance, you can't open your eyes because if you do... you'll see one of these "things" and kill yourself and anyone around you. To counter this, some survivors have determined to live life hidden indoors with the windows boarded, venturing outside with blindfolds only. As I was saying earlier, the Author went a little further and decided to make the main character pregnant! The survivability of a woman going through birth and then raising kids in this new world!?? A fantastically chilling concept. It worked.The part that had me freaked out the most was related to the title of the book, BUT...

I really don't want to say too much about this book because I think you have to experience it for yourself. So... Although this review is short, it by no means reflects any negativity towards Bird Box. I'd love to discuss this book with those who've read it, so if you've delved into this one, please let me know what you thought. And for those of you looking for the next book to prickle your skin, this is the one I would pick up. I dub this one of my favorite books of 2014!

Happy Reading,

Bird Box

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  1. I loved BIrd Box! It was probably one of the best books I read this year and definitely the scariest. What amazed me the most was that I sometimes forgot the woman in the boat and the pregnant woman was the same person! Her personality changed so drastically over time.

  2. I never thought about it while I was reading it but that is VERY true, her personality did change quite a bit. It was one of my favorite books this year by far!


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