- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (Feb. 10 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062259660
- ISBN-13: 978-0062259660
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bird Box: A Novel Paperback – Feb 10 2015
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“A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one’s fingers. There has never been a horror story quite like this. Josh Malerman truly delivers.” (—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool)^“This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes-it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration. Josh Malerman does the job like a fast-talking, wised-up angel.” -Peter Straub (—Peter Straub)^“[A] chilling debut… Malerman...keeps us tinglingly on edge with his cool, merciless storytelling [and] douses his tale in poetic gloom….An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock’s The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll.” (—Kirkus Reviews (starred review))^“The author uses understatement and allusion to create a lean, spellbinding thriller that Stephen King fans will relish.” (—Publishers Weekly (starred review))
From the Back Cover
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, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded. 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. 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.See all Product description
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This is in general a good, creepy dystopia story with some imagination behind it, although it seems heavily inspired by The Stand, Night of The Living Dead and 28 Days Later, and I can’t say anything much further because of potential spoilers. Good strong female character, in fact she’s way tougher than any of the guys in the story. This wasn’t as scary or disturbing as I expected but it still kept me interested and reading faster toward the end.
In Bird Box, Josh Malerman has captured the spirt of Alfred Hitchcock. The evil, the violence, the horror is all in the background. He has created a story where the characters and the readers fear “the unknown”. In a world of splatter-punk and graphic content, it’s refreshing to get a story like this. It goes to prove that a great author can still instill fear and tension without the violence and gore; he can frighten his audience with their own minds.
The story centers around Malorie and how she copes with this crazy world. The bouncing back and forth between timelines allowed me to get to know who she was as well as who she became. It was a fantastic way to get to know a character.
Bird Box is one of those books I should have read long ago…but I didn’t. I read it now and I am glad that I did. I was enveloped into the story and could have kept on reading if Josh Malerman had had more to say. But sometimes the story is best with certain things unsaid.
Malerman’s writing is brilliant. The concept of this book was completely original.
Now I must say, I was a little disappointed in the ending, and from what I can tell; this was a fairly common feeling from others who read this book. Personally, for me, it wasn’t because it was a bad ending, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
Regardless of my feelings about the ending, I cannot deny that this novel was amazing and I think everyone needs to read it.
Bird Box is an incredibly creepy, suspenseful, beautifully written novel about an apocalyptic Earth in the near-present. Something has overtaken the world. Something that will drive you mad if you look at it. Starking, raving, incurably mad. And then you die. The heroine of this story is a mother in her late-20s. She is brave, logical, and strong. She is struggling to be a good mother to her children in a world that is dying. She tells us her story as she navigates through present-time, trying to get herself and her children to a safer place.
Bird Box is a great horror novel. I couldn't put it down. I simply couldn't. The few times I HAD to were torture. It was a positively bone-chilling book. I will definitely be reading another book by this author.
Malerman starts off strong and never lets up. It is so difficult to find new or different; this book satisfies the need for new and the ache for different and does it with style and intensity. This is as scary as it gets, wonderfully written and NEW! I will be reading this one again. And anything else by Malerman. I'm thrilled to see a new original voice on the scary scene. King - you've been challenged!
"Bird Box" forces readers to question whether we could survive in such grim, bleak, desperate circumstances, to have to live in a world where one has to be blindfolded and protected from the outside world in all ways. What’s outside–the creatures–can look inside, and it’s all over.
Look to "Bird Box" as a kind of a renaissance for the horror novel, a celebration of the genre’s roots, something that feels familiar enough that we want to read it but different enough that we’re engaged and captivated, needing to know what happens next. If you want a real page-turner, something you won’t be able to put down and will want to keep reading compulsively, look no further than "Bird Box."
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