Bird Box

Bird Box

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Apr 16, 2021

Fast paced and exciting. What a crazy original idea! A must read if you can get past the use of the present tense. You will this whole novel as fast as you can racing to the end. Now on to the movie...

Jan 13, 2021

I have always enjoyed a good horror story, and I have to say “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman is a perfect fit for me. The story is about an unknown creature that if anyone who looks at it will go insane and will end up in a fatal death. The most terrifying and creepiest thing about the creature is that the readers don’t know exactly what it is or what it looks like, this will leave the readers wondering and terrified. The scariest thing to the human is the unknown. After finishing the book, I discovered that “Bird Box” has a film adaptation, and to my surprise, it is as good as the original novel. If you enjoy a thrilling horror story, it is a definite read for you.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 27, 2020

I really enjoyed the premise & execution of this horror novel.

Jul 26, 2019

This book was amazingly written. It keeps you in the dark about what the creatures are and why they do what they do.
This story is filled with tragedy, remorse, and uncertainty.
The ever intertwining thoughts that rolled around in Malorie' s head, to what dangers lurked beyond the curtains?

A realistically written piece of fiction.

Apr 16, 2019

Well-written, but the premise hung on very flimsy logic in some places and there are a few "oh, come ON" moments. As a debut novel, though, it's certainly interesting enough to merit investigating the author's other work; he has a highly readable style.

Mar 25, 2019

I enjoyed the fact that it was placed in Michigan. Other than that it was rather boring just one of those books you just get through to see what's going to happen and no bang for your buck at the end. I read this book prior to the movie I don't understand why people like the movie which I've never watched because the book was not that good.

Mar 17, 2019

I absolutely loved this book! The movie was great, the book was better! If your anything like me and enjoy scaring yourself with apocalyptic thrillers this is for you! Its filled with twists and jumps from past to present but is easy to follow and a quick read! I read it in just a few sittings!Thumbs way up!

JCLS_Medford_Jessica Feb 22, 2019

I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. The writing style was choppy and almost staccato in nature and I was concerned that the style would make it difficult to convey details and emotions. I got used to it though and now recognize that the writing aided in the heightened sense of confusion and suspense. I highly recommend reading "Bird Box" but maybe not as a "reading before bed" book. :)

Feb 09, 2019

Wow. That was horrifying. Well done Malerman!

Feb 07, 2019

My first Top Read selection for 2019, and what a doozy of a tale it is! How do writers come up with this stuff? Just plain good story-telling about a group of survivors in an apocalyptic world. Seriously creepy and plenty frightening. And there's always one bad apple in the bunch, but I didn't see this one coming nor the culminating events that will sear into your brain long after you turn the last page. It's a suspenseful thriller that had me going from the get-go and left me jumpy at night. Highly recommended at 4.5 stars.

Jan 09, 2019

Sandra bullock performs and amazing role in this movie based on best selling book. In the movie the seemingly calm world is turned upside down when unknown supernatural entities take over causing people to go insane and commit suicide if looked at. This goes on for five years with them living in complete isolation until they embark down the river. I really enjoyed the concept of this movie because it is very unique. I would recommend this movie for older audiences because some of the subject matter can be unsettling. I believe the acting was bad at times and the story was somewhat predictable. Other than that I would recommend this movie. I rate this movie a 4 out of 5. @movieslayer123 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Bird box is a very interesting book as it presents a scenario where a person has to avoid using their sight as to not be drawn to suicide from the beings outside or killed by other humans. The book does an excellent job at establishing the characters and creates a connect that causes immense pain once one of them dies. Our lead character is a strong women who is hellbent on protecting her children and teaches then life since birth without sight. The ending to this book is extremely bleak and heart wrenching but neither the less still an amazing ending to a good story. Some issues this story has is the plot is a bit to simplistic and at points the children are used as a plot device too much but this still doesn't diminish the quality of this book. As with this book I would recommend watching the Netflix movie, but be warned there are some changes for better or for worse. 4/5 Stars. @TheCollector of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jan 09, 2019

Couldn't put the book down, but the ending was disappointing. It did leave room for a sequel, so who knows....

Jan 05, 2019

Just like others, I got this on purpose to read in advance of the Netflix film. Very good book and interesting concept. I've not read anything like it. Of course the book is invariably "better" than the movie but a couple of questions I had about the book were handled very well in the movie. Read the book for sure, if you've a mind, but it is not needed to help understand the movie better.

alburke47 Nov 22, 2018

The world, or at least the human world, is coming to an end. People are randomly committing violent murders, and suicide numbers are through the roof. No one is sure what’s going on, but speculation is of course rife. Some kind of strange creature seems to be to blame, one that drives the will to live out of people. Paranoia begins to set in, and those people still alive lock themselves away, only venturing forth blindfolded. Malorie is one such person. We see the events through her eyes, both in the past and the present as she sets off to row a boat down a river – yes, you guessed it – blindfolded, with two four-year old kids along for the ride.

The author does a fantastic job, telling the story as it unfolds in real time, and also the past events. He certainly knows how to ratchet up the tension, and his characters act appropriately, going through stages of terror, denial and so forth at these moments. To offset these, he details the banal existence of a group of people all in the same boat (not the rowboat), and house, struggling to survive. Malorie is a great host. She is sensible, but still feels the same fear as everyone else. Maybe more so. But she is brave and has to deal with the past events while pregnant.

Malorie details the standard horror clique dynamic well, but the characters are well-drawn, from “doer” Tom, who is the unofficial leader who keeps everyone on the rough and ready, to skeptical Don, who fights him most of the way. When an outsider, Gary, arrives, things start to go downhill.

All in all, this is an excellent short read, with Netflix releasing a movie in December. Plenty of time to read the book in advance.

4.5/5 stars

Nov 21, 2018

I read this in anticipation of the Netflix adaption due to come out this year. It was good! Couldn't put it down. Some questions were left unanswered but it leaves things more mysterious.

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.

OLATHEAllisonA 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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