Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman 

Review by Lauren

Source: bought a copy; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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?

Review: Christy's Love of Books reviewed this novel and it definitely grabbed my attention. I used to be too scared to really read horror or "scary" novels but lately, I've found myself more and more interested. Bird Box has a terrifying premise...imagine not being able to open your eyes outside, or even inside if the windows are not completely covered. Nobody knows what you see, because anyone that does inevitably goes mad. The details of what happens to these people are gruesome and awful to imagine. With all these adjectives, I might not be selling this book...but really, it was great!

Malorie is just a normal girl until this epidemic starts taking over the world. She is pregnant, though, and desperate to survive for her babies' sake. She makes her way to a safe house of sorts where she meets a man named Tom who is in charge of keeping everyone safe. This book goes back and forth between the present and the past. The present is Malorie and her two children, who she refers to as Boy and Girl (even to them) traveling down a river, trying to reach safety. The past is about the epidemic and how it worsens, Malorie reaching the safe house, and then what happens within the house and how it leaves just Malorie and her children in the present.

The past moments were definitely my favorite because that's the bulk of the story. You're always wondering if someone is going to get hurt, what's really lurking outside, and how all these people can survive within one house together. The present is harrowing too, of course, but those chapters aren't as long since it's just Malorie traveling the river. There are scary moments and you desperately want them all to be safe, but what really waits them at the end of this journey?

I would warn anyone who has children before first reading this book. It's tough to read about Malorie's treatment of her children. It's understandable, as she was forced to train them to be better than her at surviving this world from the moment they were born. They are just little kids though, and it's awful to imagine them having to grow up in this fashion.

Overall, this was a great, original story. I could see it being a film...though one that is a bit quiet and haunting, music used to up the suspense and danger.


Cascia Talbert said...

This book sounds pretty freaky to me. But I am glad you liked it.

Kindlemom said...

This does fantastic and like you I tend to shy away from horror but every now and then I just need one. I will keep this one in mind for the next time. I love Christy so I know if you both are okaying this one, then it is one I will like too.

Diva Booknerd said...

I've had this one on my to read list for a while, but have been waiting for reviews to start popping up to justify me buying it. It's not my usual read, but trying to branch out and I'm completely sold just based on your review. I'm going to head onto Amazon and pick up a Kindle copy now.

Thanks for a wonderful review Lauren and merry Christmas poppet <3

Melliane said...

Yes I remember seeing this book a lot around but I confess that I haven't read it. I'm glad you had a good time with it, that the story is interesting and original. It's intriguing! great review!

Erika Sorocco said...

This one sounds freaky deaky - but in a seriously interesting way!


Elizabeth said...

Nice blog. Book sounds too scary for me. :)

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