Bird Box

Bird Box

Book - 2014
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In Bird Box, brilliantly imaginative debut author Josh Malerman captures an apocalyptic near-future world, where a mother and her two small children must make their way down a river, blindfolded. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them -- but is it man, animal, or monster? Within these tracks, Malerman, a professional musician, discusses his love of horror and invokes an ethereal and atmospheric experience in an homage to Orson Welles à la War of the Worlds.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062259653
0062259652
9780062352125
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mal
Description: 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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

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CRRL_MegRaymond Jan 25, 2018

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


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Alpha_zzz
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.

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Gryphinx
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.

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dupree905
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.

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MintyFreeze
Nov 28, 2017

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

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Ghettostone
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
www.ghettostone.com

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

It was a great read and was cool how the author bounced back between past and present. He also does an amazing job of creating fear about something the reader has no idea about - kept me quite alert. EF

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adairchristy
Jul 01, 2017

I usually don't review on books, but in this case, it is well deserved. Josh Malerman has a way of writing that creeps under your skin and sticks with you even when you don't have the book in front of you. The story of Malorie, her two young but talented children, and their journey from desperate for survival to the possibility of sanctuary is a tale I won't soon forget. This book had me anxious to close my eyes for fear of seeing the mysterious creatures when I opened them back. It is nearly impossible to put down. It gave me a very real sense of fear and made me think, 'I am not sure what I would do in this situation.'

100 Gold stars if I could, I recommend it to anyone.

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