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Bird Box

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  4,521 ratings  ·  904 reviews
Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors ar...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Ecco (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dee In the author's acknowledgments: Speaking of Ryan Lewis one of his managers, (Ryan's phone in particular has become something of a notebook for me,…moreIn the author's acknowledgments: Speaking of Ryan Lewis one of his managers, (Ryan's phone in particular has become something of a notebook for me, flooded with ideas as small as "Hey! Janitor closets are kind of scary!" and as lofty as "What do you think of a thousand-page movie script?") So maybe we can expect to see this one on the big screen. I don't know how they would do the creature though. (less)
Bernadette Elliott I would probably categorize it as post-apocalyptic as well. The only other genre would be horror. On checking the reviews for this book on Amazon, I…moreI would probably categorize it as post-apocalyptic as well. The only other genre would be horror. On checking the reviews for this book on Amazon, I was surprised at how many negative reviews it received. I thought it was very original, suspenseful and, as I have said, listening to it as an audio-book raised the suspense level even higher than it would have been had I read it....the narrator, a woman named Campbell, was the best I've ever heard!(less)

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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 22, 2014 Jeffrey Keeten rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jeffrey by: Will Byrnes
”Creatures…
infinity…
our minds have ceilings, Malorie...
these things...
they are beyond it…
higher than it…
out of reach…
out of--

BUT HERE”


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Whatever you do DON’T OPEN YOUR EYES!!

Malorie has just confirmed she is pregnant the very day that people begin killing themselves. News travels so fast now. Something can happen in Cairo. Someone can film it, load it to the internet, and within minutes of the event occurring someone in Des Moines is watching what happened. News, mostly tragic news, from around...more
karen
this is an incredibly original horror/psychological suspense novel that reminds us that with all great horror, the unseen is so much more terrifying than the seen. this is why japanese horror movies are so effective. they don't rely on graphic special effects to build the suspense, and the way they manipulate shadows, sounds, and background space creates an unparalleled atmosphere that leaves a more lasting, haunting impression than "crazy chainsaw-toting psychopath" splatter films. which, don't...more
Will Byrnes
Close your eyes and imagine the basso sound of voiceover icon Don LaFontaine intoning, “In a world gone mad…” and that is pretty much where Bird Box begins. Open your eyes and go mad. Kill others, yourself. Can you keep from peeking? For how long? In Josh Malerman’s post-apocalyptic, eye-opening scare-scape, something happened. An invasion? Some natural phenomenon? No one is really certain. But what has become clear is that anyone who steps outside with their eyes open goes insane, not just gibb...more
Arah-Lynda
Chilling…………………………….



DON’T OPEN YOUR EYES.

You will be fine as long as you do not leave the house. All precautions must be taken. Windows completely covered, doors secured, protocols for any necessary outdoor activity strictly adhered to. PERIOD.

The real danger is out there. But you must not see it. Ever.

The time has come, if they are to survive, Malorie must leave this house and take her four year old boy and girl with her.

They must take the river.

They must go blindfolded.

Just listen.

They must...more
Trudi
4.5 stars

Whoah. This is some really good shit. Color me very impressed. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this one up, but it totally delivered on tension and suspense, a palpable dread, and a suffocating sense of doom.

Just as a launching off point I'm going to throw two pop culture references at you that I couldn't stop thinking about while reading this book. The first is the music video "Just" by Radiohead. Remember that's the one where there's this guy who just lies down in the...more
Dem
3.5 stars

Bird Box by Josh Malerman was a really interesting and gripping study of fear and its manifestations.
I was firstly drawn to this book by a couple of good reads friend's reviews of it and secondly by the Novel's cover which gives the reader a glimpse of fear that quickly unfolds as you read this post apocalyptic novel.

" The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there..................

Every now and then I lo...more
Courtney Wells
A genuinely tense, terrifying read. When I wasn't whipping through pages I had to put the book down to take a break from the suspense.

This is great, gripping story that emphasizes creepiness and primal fear over violence while still proving itself to fans of survival and psychological horror. I'd recommend it to anyone willing to tease their fear of the unknown.
Becky
This book has gotten such great reviews from friends that I knew I was going to read it, and sooner rather than later. And so, when one of the groups that I mod gave me ALL THE POWER!!! the chance to select a group read because my birthday is this month, I chose Bird Box for our horror selection.

And so, I snagged the audio from Audible and listened to it. I'm not sure if that was the best option. I didn't really love the reader of this one. But I'll talk about that in a bit.

There's a lot that...more
Maciek
Bird Box offers a well-known premise - the world as we know it suddenly coming to an end, and the few who survived trying to cope with the new reality - but with an interesting twist (certainly a desirable addition to the formula which, much as I enjoy it, is now beginning to resemble a really dead horse). This is both a good, and a bad thing - and the book is also both these things, as it began well but ended up being disappointing.

The hook of Bird Box is, like in much post-apocalyptic fiction,...more
Diane S.
Very, very creepy. I love that the author leaves so much unsaid, she shows through the character's actions and thoughts. What is going on? For most of the book I was never quite sure and the strength in some of these characters were amazing. What a woman would do to save her children, the courage it takes to navigate a world literally blind. It could be any disaster, but the integrity of people, the trust between people coming together for survival and how one person with his own motives can put...more
Jon Recluse
A remarkably different sort of post-apocalyptic novel, one that stems from Lovecraft's "the sight of which will drive men insane" riff in his Cthulhu Mythos tales. Something is loose in the world, something that leaves insanity and suicide in it's wake if it is seen.
By taking the visual away from the reader, who, along with the characters, travels this road blindfolded, and concentrating almost entirely on what the characters hear, the author tweaks the suspense up considerably, and gives his s...more
Robin Hobb
It was really hard to decide on stars for this one.

I read it obsessively, finishing it very quickly. The story pulled me in and swept me along.

But in various places in the book, I found myself exclaiming, "But that's such a stupid thing to do!" Or "No one I know would do that! What is wrong with these people!?"

But at the end of the book, when I was still fuming a bit, I realized that all my growling was due to my deep involvement with the characters. So I'm giving it four stars, because I have t...more
Bonnie
‘They are monsters, Malorie thinks. But she knows they are more than this. They are infinity.’

Bird Box is about an unseen horror that slowly consumes the world. Starting in Russia, news begins pouring in about people going mad and attacking people before turning the violence on themselves. The only correlation between each event is that these people saw something before completely losing their minds.

The story alternates between past and present and does an amazing job at building up the intensi...more
Chris
Wow. Just wow.

Well, more than "just".

When I started this, I was immediately confuzzled and didn't see where it was going, what was happening, nor why any of it was happening in the first place. I was concerned that it might not be a book for me.

However, there was a thread of curiosity which piqued, a thread that was created by the tension described in that chapter. I was blind, but I could feel the horror already. Much like the main character, I imagine.

So I kept going, and soon I was well and...more
Arah-Leah Hay

Now this turned out to be a very original take on the apocalypse. It was very hard to put down. High in suspense and terror - an apocalyptic horror novel if you will.

There is something out there. Something that must be seen. The last something you will ever see. Don't open your eyes!

The story unfolds from past and present day as we follow Malorie from the old world to the new one. After years of blindfolds and seclusion, hearing, but not seeing, Malorie and her two children will prepare for a jo...more
Will M.
What really made me want to read/buy this was the cover. When I was at the bookstore looking for a random book to read, Bird Box appealed most to me. The cover's really slick, and the blurb caught my interest.

4/5, maybe 4.25

Honestly I'm feeling really disappointed because of the ending. I was expecting closure, because this is just a standalone. To be honest, I still have a lot of questions running in my mind right now, and a sequel would be greatly appreciated. The secret itself was not as gre...more
Liz Wilkins
Coming March 2014 From HarperVoyager.

Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent.The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

So thanks to Kate and Bob (known to her friends as Katie) this novel arrived on my doorstep on Friday – all I knew about it was what I have put for you above. Anyway, loving post ap...more
Figgy
Do you remember what outside looked like the last time you saw it? Did you really take it in?

Did you pay attention to the colours of the clouds at sunset, the green of the grass, the colours of your neighbour’s cars?

Did you notice the blankets over the windows of that house down the street? Did you notice how few people were out and about?

It’s too late now.

If you didn’t notice it then, you’ve missed your chance, because looking outside from now on could send you mad.

You’ve heard it on the n
...more
Tania
I don't scare easily, and when I do read a book that terrifies me it's normally a book about crime, genocide and war, reminding me how quickly a country can slide into hell. Living in Africa these matters are always at the back of my mind. I don't however get frightened by vampires, ghosts or any other fantasy creatures. So I did not expect my reaction to Bird Box at all. I started reading quite late one evening, got to 75% and then was so terrified that I struggled falling asleep, when I finall...more
Tressa
Bird Box is literary horror with some chilling scenes invoked because you are just as "blind" as the characters about what is lurking out there in the world (or has it somehow gotten into your home or car while you had your eyes closed or your blindfold on?) waiting for humans to take a peek and kill themselves in horrific ways. We never learn why this happened, and we don't need to know. A quiet, brooding, dark fiction story where some survivors will go to the extreme not to see what's moving o...more
Ruth Turner

This book didn't live up to my expectations.

The writing was decent enough, but the story-telling was flat and emotionless.

The author didn’t take me anywhere with this; not into the lives of the characters, and not into the new world they now found themselves in.

There was no suspense, I felt no anxiety, and the only reason I finished it was to find out how it ended, and that was a major disappointment.








Lucy
One of the most original and gripping stories I've read recently, I couldn't put it down. In a world where no-one can open their eyes due to the mysterious 'creatures', a mother tries to protect her children and lead them to safety. Dark and frightening, this is an inventive study of fear. Although it's horrifying, it's not a straightforward horror story and I would definitely recommend this to people who do not usually read horror as it's such an interesting story.
Paul Nelson
Bird Box is a psychological horror story depicting the events of a worldwide pandemic through the eyes of one woman and her two children. Not a disease as such but everyone who sees this mysterious thing that’s supposedly to horrific for the mind to cope with, goes on a killing spree before taking their own lives.

The story is told through two different timelines, the first being over four years after the outbreak, Malorie and her two children haven’t seen outside, when they go out, they wear bl...more
MSJ
Scared the living shit out of me. I was caught off guard as its been decades since I've been really scared from reading a book. Honestly. I thought those days were long gone. I was wrong.

This book relies on the fear of the unknown as we never know what a Creature looks like. My imagination ran crazy wild. My heart pounded and skipped while flipping through the pages as fast as I can so I can find out what happens next. Finished it in record time. I even woke up 30 minutes early this morning so I...more
Lisa

It only took a few short months for the whole world to change forever.


Now everyone must stay inside. If you go outside, you will see them, and you will die.


Mallory made it to safety just in time. She found some good people. And thank goodness, because she's pregnant, and she needs help.


But then...........



FANTASTIC, GRIPPING, ORIGINAL novel that kept me up all night and made me scared to go to bed, THAT is Bird Box. If this is Josh Malerman's first novel, then I can't wait for the next one. Hig...more
Melissa
“How green is the grass? How colorful are the leaves? How red is the blood of the birds that spreads through the river beneath her?” This book is a nice little twist on the zombie/apocalypse plotline; rather than being bitten, coughed on, or *pick your infection vector of choice* people see something & go nuts, taking down those around them before killing themselves in spectacular ways. Malerman does a really good job building the tension using the device of news reports of bizarre happening...more
Naban
I'm not big on Adult fiction or horror stories in any case. My latest memory of reading/watching something with Horror dates back to a year or so when I was going through this Japanese manga-ish horror story (I don't quite remember) and this scary GIF image jumped towards the screen and I nearly blacked out in fear. That being my condition when it comes to anything with horror in it, I was hesitant to read this book.

I've delayed this review for a while now, mostly because I was not sure how to r...more
Jon
Bird Box provides a glimpse into an extremely bleak post-apocalyptic world (come to think of it, are there any other types of post-apocalyptic worlds, other than bleak? I don’t recall ever stumbling across an ’enthusiastically vivacious’ post-apocalypse. Or even a ’tentatively optimistic’ one, come to think of it...) where the downfall of humanity is ushered in by the fragility of our own limited minds. Here’s the gist: the media begins to report outbreaks of sudden insanity - the kind of insani...more
Vicky
Loved this book. So original! My only tiny complaint is I would have liked a complete explanation of the "creatures". But that is me I like everything tied up completely with a bow.
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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When Malorie discovers that she’s pregnant, it’s also the start of something else, something big, something terrible. Online people are calling it “the Problem”, and it starts when people see something, but no one knows what it is. No one lives to tell. People are going mad and committing suicide in horrible ways, even attacking others. Malorie and her sister, Shannon, think for sure that whatever it is will be contained, but soon they start doing what eve...more
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Josh Malerman is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band the High Strung. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan.

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