Bird Box: A Novel

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634 reviews

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Now a Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Rosa Salazar!

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.

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634 reviews
A Google user
October 26, 2018
A citified, dainty, limp-wrist version of The Road. Dialogue outsourced to a last-chance prep school for rich kids. Research by a bored housewife. The plot is a trust fund kid's idea of post-apocalyptic. Toilet's don't work! But the power's still on... And so are the landlines. Imagine having to resort to land lines! The horror. Caller ID and answering machines, which would solve major problems for the characters, aren't mentioned. The characters lose everything and barely make it past grumpy. Indescribable creatures (read that with an effeminate lisp) are making people crazy! And animals! Sometimes... When it suits the lethargic attempts at building suspense. Other times, seeing eye dogs are just that and work perfectly as plot armor. The protagonist is "clawed" by a wolf. Clawed. It and it's ensuing trauma are a major part of the story. Try to imagine a wolf or a big dog clawing something in an attempt at harm. Stumbling with that at all? Of course. Big cats use their claws for hunting. Wolves use their claws for running and digging. This fact made it past not only the writer but his ineffectual editor. I hate this book and I'm mad at myself for finishing it, and disturbed that it somehow warrants screenplay development and a big budget movie.
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WonderWendy M
July 4, 2019
I like the unfolding of the story using the past and the present. One quibble: I grew up with blind people and it does them a disservice to perpetuate this notion of constant clumsiness. After even a fairly short time our brains adapt. We are capable of navigating our way, even hesitantly. I liked the pacing of the story, it kept me curious. I wish there was something more about the creatures but the aspect of the fear of the unknown becomes more of a shared experience because of the lack of knowledge.
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April 16, 2021
Have not seen the movie. Picked this up during a sale for a few bucks. Love how it was written, it skips between the present and past a good bit so you learn how they characters got to the place they're at little by little as the story continues in the present day. Wonderful book, written beautifully. Plan on reading whatever else this author comes out with as long as their writing style continues to be so engaging. I would get so mad when I had to stop reading to go to sleep each night, finally the last night I just finished it all, and stayed up til 4am to do it. I don't read as fast as I used to because of my now unmedicated dyslexia and add (adderall helped me a lot, I could read something once and have it. Without it I end up having to re-read things multiple times to get it, so it takes me 5x longer to read). That said, this book sucked me in to the point the add issues I have most of the time I read, mind wandering and the like, never happened. That's a rarity for me!
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About the author

Josh Malerman is the acclaimed author of Bird Box, as well as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The High Strung. He lives in Michigan.

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