Bird Box - review

Bird Box - Josh Malerman




Malorie stands in the kitchen, thinking.

- first sentence


This book is soooo creepy and claustrophobic. I loved every minute of it. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to walk around outside blindfolded, let alone rowing down a river. The feeling of something unknown standing right next to you, practically breathing on you... Imagine the willpower it would take not to rip the blindfold off??


The story is very original and creative. It jumps back and forth in time between the time when Malorie is pregnant and 4 years later. Malorie is a very strong woman and determined to find a way to survive in the new reality. She finds a group of people and together they try to do more than just survive, but every time they step outside or let a person in, they are taking a huge chance.


The idea of "creatures" that make men go mad at the sight of them brings a new horror to the end of the world as we know it. When people go mad, they kill not only themselves, but the people around them. Survivors are forced to live in houses with locked doors and blankets covering all windows. Even opening the door, can lead to death. Any time a person goes outside, they must be blindfolded or take the chance of seeing the creatures. The worst part is, no one alive actually knows what the creatures look like or if they mean harm or making people insane is just an unfortunate side-effect of their exisitence. 


Here's a quote that helps give an idea of the claustrophobic feeling:

It feels like a cage was lowered over them all. A cardboard box. A bird box. Blocking out the sun forever.

- Chapter 41


I loved this book and highly recommend it to horror fans. :)


I'm using this for the Genre:Horror square on my bingo card. I was going to use it for In the Dark, Dark Woods, but I decided to read Suicide Forest for that one.