Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Title: Bird Box

Author: Josh Malerman

Genre: Horror, Fiction, Thriller, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Suspense

Publisher: Ecco

Published: March 1, 2014

Page Amount: 272 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, 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 remains, 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’s 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. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Why Read: It’s no surprise that Bird Box has been on everyone’s radar for a year now. Every book podcast and blog post about books that in any way might be scary inevitably mentions this book. As you can imagine… it had been on my TBR list for quite a while, and when I was choosing the next couple books to get on my kindle – it was really a no-brainer.

Review: As many have said before me, what you don’t understand is what ends up being most scary. That most definitely applies to this book. I found myself slightly terrified while reading the book that the world could end outside my house and I’d be trapped inside forever, in the similar experiences of the characters in Bird Box.

Even though I’ve read a thousand reviews of this book, I wasn’t expecting the chapter switches between the early stages of the crisis and the current time issues of escaping the house. It was enjoyable and I found myself wanting to know the full story in each moment, terrified for all the characters and growing impatient with the character development. (Not because it was bad, but because I wanted to be able to read faster!)

The characters underwent a number of changes throughout the book, and given that they were in a crisis of this magnitude – that’s not really too surprising. What I did like particularly about Bird Box was that even though the characters underwent the same experiences – each character adapted differently, highlighting their differences.

The plot was fantastically timed, and I felt myself wound up at the end of each chapter wanting to know more. I thought the timing of the earlier time period was also very well done and didn’t feel tedious in the way that sometimes post-apocalyptic books can be.

I would recommend this book to legitimately anyone. Maybe those who have an ear for the horror novels or post-apocalyptic may enjoy it more, but I can’t think of a reason not to enjoy this!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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