Bird Box

Bird Box

Book - 2014
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062259653
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 24 cm
Study Program: Reading Counts RC High School 4.1 17 Quiz: 65142.


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AliceP_KCMO Oct 24, 2017

Picture a world rocked by something so terrifying that just to see it would drive you mad. Now imagine trying to escape that terror blindfolded. In a rowboat. This debut novel gives you more tense, atmospheric terror than you can handle.

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Nov 04, 2018

Picked this book up because I saw a trailer for the Sandra Bullock movie coming out in December. I think this is classified as horror, but it was more of a tense-feeling, psychological suspense to me. There is something out there that when seen causes a person to go mad and become deathly violent. The story centers around a young woman who is pregnant and goes to a safe house to live with other survivors. They spend the majority of their time indoors with the windows covered. They go outside as little as possible and alway wear a blindfold when they do. The book goes back and forth between how a group of strangers live in a small space with the stress of an unknown terror outside, and 4 years later when the woman finally decides to travel blindfolded downriver in a rowboat to a safer place with her 2 children. Different from what I usually read, but it entertained me. Watching the trailer again after finishing the book, I can see they have made a lot of changes to the story for the movie.

Oct 28, 2018

I wish I could give this book 6 million stars!!!!!!! This is a really amazing book. Love It!!!!!

Sep 18, 2018

I was hoping for a little bit “scarier” book, which was the subject I looked under when this popped up.
Although it wasn’t scary per se, I liked the different angle the author took with this subject. I’d never imagined a book of such nature, and for that reason, I would say it was worth the read.
It was well written and intense, but maybe a bit long and repetitive.

Apr 21, 2018

What a fascinating and tense read! There's really not anything to complain about here, it's thoroughly interesting (and terrifying) and well written beginning to end - exactly what you would want for this type of book.

OLATHEAllisonB Apr 10, 2018

Smart, suspenseful, and unnerving, this book reads like a horror film. It opens with the image of a young woman and two young children, all wearing blindfolds, paddling down a river in a canoe. From there the reader learns that a mysterious plague has devastated civilization, spread when a person sees "something" that no one has been able to identify. Malerman keeps this "something" hidden throughout the book, avoiding the classic mistake made by many horror writers. Paying homage to H.P. Lovecraft and eldritch horror, this is a great read for those who want a page-turning thrill.

Mar 28, 2018

Well written book that is tense and fresh, can't wait until the Netflix film comes along this year.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jan 25, 2018

A mother and her children embark on a difficult and potentially deadly journey.

JCLLauraH Dec 04, 2017

Ever since I tore through this fast-paced post-apocalyptic story, a little corner of my mind has been pondering the horror of living in a world where you can't open your eyes outside. We never really know what the "monster" is, but the true terror comes from the many unknowns in the story. Blindfolded outside, the characters imagine being (or perhaps really are) surrounded by creatures who, if seen, make you go violently insane. The children in the story have never seen the outdoors, and horrible necessity has forced their mother to do nothing but train them from infancy to be obedient, keep their eyes closed, and rely on their hearing over their vision. An excellent psychological suspense that would have felt right at home as one of the classic Twilight Zone stories.

Nov 28, 2017

Very good book. I've read twice. Holds the reader's interest. Scary and absorbing.

Nov 15, 2017

I love science fiction. I love mysteries. This book does both. It tells of a end of the world story where humans have lost their minds simply by looking up, or looking at TV, or being outside with your eyes open. Why? Because something strange is happening!

The book picks up with a young mother who must protect her two children from the harsh world of going crazy, so she blind folds the children and raises them without sight. This does however increases their other senses such as hearing. The mother devises an escape plan that will involve the children's increased sense of hearing as they will lead them all to the last safe place on earth.

The book has lots of plot twists, unusual characters, and a lingering mystery; "what the heck is going on?" What is happening on earth? Is it UFOs, Biological Warfare, or Environmental Pollutants making people go nuts?

Well told from what we can gather and lots fun trying to figure out the mystery, this one is great read! I would highly recommend "Bird Box" to all readers.

Signed Michael R. Brown
Editor/Chief Ghettostone Publications Company

(Former Leader) Best Sellers Book Club
Kansas City Public Library Staff

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