REVIEW: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird BoxTitle: Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Pages: 473
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: 29 January 2015 (Originally published 2014)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew.

Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing.

And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

My review:

This book was so intense and so creepy! I’ve only recently heard of it and when I saw it in Waterstones I purchased it straight away because of how good it sounded. Plus the cover is really creepy as well and the quote on the front, “If you’ve seen what’s out there… it’s already too late.” This really intrigues me and makes me wonder what is out there? Is it creatures? Monsters? What is outside that makes people go insane? Why is the girl on the cover wearing a blindfold? So. Many. Questions! I needed answers so of course I picked it up straight away. I loved it so much and really wish I’d heard of it sooner! I really love the title and thought it was so clever (I have left an explanation for the title in the comments for anyone who is curious!).

What I really loved about this book was how much detail the author goes into at the start of the book. Josh really takes his time explaining how it all started and how everyone reacted to this. I really loved this because with a lot of apocalyptic stories, the majority of writers always rush how it all started because they are really eager to actually get into this world of survival. But with this story everything is carefully explained and slowly built up which was awesome. We got to see people react in disbelief, finding it all hard to believe and others immediately going into survival mode and covering their windows to block out the outside world. You got to hear about people who went mad and killed themselves and those around them. There was also lots of news reports and radio broadcasts. People were reaching out and offering their house as a safe house. It was super scary but at the same time I couldn’t stop reading.

Whenever people want to go outside, they have to wear blindfolds and that sounds absolutely terrifying to me. Having to blind yourself and rely on all your other senses and try to heighten them… I would constantly be in a state of terror. It would drive me mad not being able to see. It really makes you think how much we take for granted, the things we see every day and then all of a sudden not being able to see them. Hearing a sound and trying not to panic while you try and identify that sound. Something or someone could be standing right next to you and you’d have no idea. That’s what makes this book so scary and so brilliant that the author thought of this idea. I loved how different it was to the usual zombies stories!

Another thing I liked about it was how easy the story was to follow. The chapters flip between the past and the present. One chapter is set in the present and the next in the past and vice versa. I was worried this might make the story hard to follow and that it might be jolting but it was actually very easy to follow. It all flowed really well and it added excitement to the story. Every chapter was really short and the ones set in the past nearly always ended on a cliffhanger which made me so excited to find out what happened next. The ones set in the present where a lot slower and it was the same scene for most of the book.

Malorie is the main character and in the chapters set in the present she is travelling with a four year old boy and girl. You have no idea where they are going or how they even managed to brave the outside world. Honestly I would stay locked in my house and probably cry. You just know she is trying to get somewhere but you have no idea where that is. It’s incredible seeing how much Malorie went through to be where she is now and she is such a strong character. There are other characters in the story in Malorie’s past and they are all so easy to love. They are all so caring and are striving to survive. They take complete strangers in which is nice because they aren’t completely barricading themselves from the outside world. They are willing to find survivors and take them in.

The ending escalates so much! It was crazy how much it blew up! Like I was expecting trouble but NOT THAT DEVASTATING! It’s absolutely terrifying and incredibly heartbreaking what happens. I was so upset and was definitely not expecting that ending. It all makes the present chapters make sense though and you understanding why Malorie is with two children and why they are travelling.

All in all, this book was absolutely brilliant and it was super creepy! I would definitely recommend this if you like horror books or anything apocalyptic/dystopian. It was such a fantastic story, the writing was amazing and the characters were so great. It scared me, it upset me, it fascinated me. Such a brilliant book and I’m so glad I read it. Just wish I’d read it sooner!


2 thoughts on “REVIEW: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

    • Beth says:

      Hey! I think many people have come to my review now looking for that answer so I guess I can share it in the comments 🙂 there is a quote in the book that says: “It feels like a cage was lowered over them all. A cardboard box. A bird box. Blocking out the sun forever.” So my understanding is that because everyone is trapped in their house and can’t look outside, it was equilvant to being trapped in a bird box.


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