Bird Box

Bird Box

Book - 2014 | 1st ed. --
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Now a Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar and John Malkovich!

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 : Ecco, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780062259653
Branch Call Number: FIC Maler
Characteristics: 206 p.


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This uncomfortable thriller has people driven to violence at a sight that should not be seen! In a post-apocalyptic world, Malorie and her two young children are sent down river in a a boat. The children have been instructed to keep their blindfolds on. While Malorie dreams of freedom for herself... Read More »

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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

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