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Bird Box

(Bird Box #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  171,136 ratings  ·  18,664 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780062259653

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, 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 remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the r
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Ecco (first published March 27th 2014)
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Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
our minds have ceilings, Malorie...
these things...
they are beyond it…
higher than it…
out of reach…
out of--


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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 a
5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

This book, this fabulous book (that made me cover my windows with some thick curtains when outside is broad daylight and forced me to double-check my desire to leave the house and also my sanity) just had me hooked until the end. Bird Box, you did things to my brain I didn’t know something could do. Congrats, you little biscuit!

I am going to begin with a fact: this book scared the shit out of me sometimes. It is this kind of book that uses that e
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 10/26/20

Holy crap on a cracker, y'all! This book! Creepsville!! AND I LOVE IT!!

Don't freaking go outside without your blindfold or you might open your eyes.


I must say, if I had to choose what apocalypse I would be in, I would pick the zombies because at least you can go outside and see them and kill them. Unless you're blind and then your up sh•t creek.

One day they start getting reports of people seeing things and then turning violent and killing people and themselves.
Will Byrnes
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hold on tight...this trip is going to blow your mind!

Horror is a genre that I normally avoid completely, but with the rave reviews from my GR friends for this book I felt I needed to step out and give it a try. And it was so incredibly good! Oh my God!

Malorie and her sister Shannon move in together in Detroit. Life immediately throws her a curve ball. Malorie learns she's pregnant from a brief encounter with someone she didn't know well, and thinks this is as bad as it gets. Not even close! Som
Charlotte May
But...but...what? No that can’t be the end. The disappointment is real.

"They'll eventually get us...there's no reason to think otherwise. It's end times, people. And if it's a matter of a creature our brains are incapable of comprehending, then we deserve it. I always assumed the end would come because of our own stupidity."

Ok then.... so this was going REALLY well! I was sufficiently creeped out. The world has gone bonkers due to something (no one knows what) that is causing people to go ins
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.5) I feel like this isn't the most popular opinion but I thought this was overall okay.

A great premise, I loved the flashbacks but I hate with a burning passion when things are left opened. If it's aliens, tell me and I'll love it. If you leave things unsaid, I'll assume you had no idea how to finish your book. The ending wasn't as shocking as others have said. Overall a bit underwhelming after seeing all the rave.

In light of the movie I thought I would update this review. The movie absolutel
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“It's better to face madness with a plan than to sit still and let it take you in pieces.”

The ultimate binge worthy experience. I read and listened to this whole thing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m on a rainy non-work day. Yes, of course I couldn't sleep afterwards. And I fucking loved it. Let me guide you through my hefty experience with this book. There was a movie in 2018 called Bird Box. Very indie shit, no one knew about it, you know the jazz (yes if you haven't got it already, I
Kevin Ansbro
I’m ###typing% this with a scarf* over£ my eyEs, so pLease# forgive @any typos+

Please, please don’t do what I did, my fellow bookaneers.
Don’t watch the movie first.
This is a big mistake and to be avoided at all costs.

The story began pulse-like. Staccato sentences that suited the stop/start tempo of a life lived in fear. Malerman’s Morse code narrative drew me in from the start.
In an apocalyptic alternative reality, an abstract thing inhabits our planet; a demonic indescribable entity that, if g
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sister-reads
Sister Read Review by Norma & Brenda

Update: I watched the Netflix adaptation of this book and absolutely loved it but I was definitely more scared and creeped out while reading the book though.
Holy Shooty Balls this was one heck of a creepy book!
5 creeped out Stars for Norma & 4 freaking out Stars for Brenda!
So for the purpose of this Sister Read it gets a combined rating of 4.5 Stars!
BIRD BOX by JOSH MALERMAN is a wonderfully creepy, scary, eerie, and downright terrifying tale that grabbed
Justin Tate
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**Update: It's awesome to see the movie adaptation bring deserved attention to this book! I read it over a year ago and it hasn't left my mind since. Haven't seen the movie yet because I was scared they would ruin a masterpiece, but it sounds like Netflix did it justice. Here's my original review:

So glad to be recommended this book! Would never have picked it up otherwise. The cover art looks like a tacky mystery, but it's actually a character-driven horror story!

The fear of the unknown is ever-
Creepy, tense, scary! (The below lines are kind of spoilerish . . . but nothing the description on Goodreads doesn't already mention)

Unable to use your eyes for fear of madness . . .

Unseen and unknown terrors roaming outside . . .

Trapped inside with the windows covered . . .

The sanity of your companions in question . . .

Running out of supplies . . .

Seeking salvation, but not sure where to find it or who to trust . . .

Pregnant . . .

This was intense and a must read for horror and thriller fans eve
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘in a world where you cant open your eyes, isnt a blindfold all you could ever hope for?’

welcome to creepsville, usa
population: this book

boy, what a trip. although i wouldnt personally consider this a horror (only because it didnt scare me), it is definitely a spooky story. i really enjoyed the unique premise, the atmospheric writing, and how much it made me think.

but i thought the most compelling part of this story was actually malorie and her constant worry about her kids. sometimes it fel
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
2.5 stars.

I would not last in the apocalyptic world set out in this book. My dad used to say I had nose problems because let's face it. I have to know what's going on. Walking around for 4 years with a blindfold on every time I went outside? Yeah, dead in less than 60 seconds.
Not this kind of blindfolded either.

This book doesn't give the reader many answers. I do know what the author was going for. The whole scary in the mind of the reader thing. The thing is I need some answers. I get all a
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Where the hell do I start with reviewing this book? Unlike nothing I've read in a long time this one is a stand out read like no other for me this year. I had wanted to read this for ages and so glad I finally did.

Emotions stirred reading this book I think covered them all, I noted how on edge I was constantly reading this novel. From early pages to the last I was fixated, addicted and full of tension, bordering on fear at times.

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jaw dropping, to say the least!!

A friend who I trust implicitly, recently listened to this book, loved it, and mentioned it was made into a movie. So of course, I had to give it a whirl and go in completely blind, pun completely intended.

The first few pages had me asking myself, “What the ‘CRAZY WHAT’ is going on here?” Believe me it got crazier, more intense and more chilling with each chapter.

The book itself has been out for a number of years, but as per usual, I was late to the party, but gl
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Amazing, Fantastic, Eerie, Atmospheric, chilling, engrossing....WOW!

Eerie, Atmospheric, chilling, engrossing. These are the words I would use to describe this book. For those who enjoy derie and dark books, this book will be a perfect fit. This is a horror type book but without the gore. There are some plot holes but you forgive the first time Author that for his originality and heart he put into this book. It's getting a lot of buzz right now and it deserves it. It's not for everyone but most p
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

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The Written Review

Oh man. Netflix did this book right.

Audiobook Comments
Read by Cassandra Campbell - and she did an amazing job with the tone and variation. She nailed the emotion/terror in the characters.
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New week, New BookTube Video - all about the best (and worst) literary apocalypses to live through
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Just wow! Bird Box was amazing! This definitely lived up to the hype that everyone spoke of. I highly recommend this book if you want your mind to be twisted and turned in ways you can't imagine. Creepy, terrifying, horrid, and downright scary! Loved it! Would make an interesting movie...... ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don't open your eyes warns the cover of the book, but instead I didn't close mine as I finished this treasure in one night. Bird Box is such an original premise and is written so very well, its author creates a world of people driven mad by what they see, so seeing itself becomes forbidden. I don't usually read horror, but I am glad I made an exception for this gift box. ...more
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
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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,
Wow, what a book! Seriously scary and creepy. You just have to keep reading to know how it ends. At least, I had to.... Who can think of such a story...
Suspension and creepiness from start to end, intriguing story. What's going on? What happened leading up to this situation? Will she and kids survive? .... Wew.... one h*ll of a story.
I say, this is also a seriously impressive case of woman power! Great, great, entertaining book.
AB: Looking back at my books in 2015, upgraded this one to five s
Dec 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
I am reading before I am watching this.
Berit Talks Books
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2018
4 Unsettling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

don’t open your eyes!

What the **** did I just read? This book was NOT what I was expecting... at all! It was disturbing, creepy, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.... just going to put it out there if I were in this situation, in this post apocalyptic world, I would so be gone in the first day.... just saying....

Something is out there, something that makes you go mad if you lay your eyes on it.... mad to the point you will kill others, yourself, or both..
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
After having this book so highly recommended to me by one of my friends on Goodreads, I decided to delve in to see what Josh Malerman might have to say in this twisted novel. Early into the story, Malerman introduces readers to his protagonist, Malorie, a young and somewhat fearful woman. Scrubbing the walls and carpets of blood stains, Malorie appears highly agitated and yet focussed on her task at hand, which serves only to up the ante of what is yet to come. The reader soon learns that someth ...more
Tom Lewis
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Close your eyes. There’s something standing in front of you. Something so monstrous, and beyond human comprehension, that anyone who sees it goes insane and kills themselves and others. This is the new reality for a young mother, Malorie, and her two kids, as they navigate blindfolded down a river in an effort to reach what they hope will be a sanctuary. It’s part survival horror, and part scary as f*ck!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Bird Box (Bird Box #1), Josh Malerman

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, 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 remains, 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's time to go, but the j
Julia Ash
I could pinch myself! This year is proving to be one of my favorites in terms of reading, based on the quality of books stacked on my 2021 completed shelf (thus far). Usually, I’m thrilled by one or two. This year, I’ve been over-the-moon on almost all of them!!! In fact, I’ve added MEXICAN GOTHIC, COME WITH ME, and now BIRD BOX to my all-time favorites list! And SHARP OBJECTS, THE DROWNING KIND, and LAYLA were so close as well!

So let’s get to the most recent gem…

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