In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.
“This sequel is as tense and harrowing as the original, with a new depth that raises the stakes.”—Riley Sager, author o ...more
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possible oblique spoilers for Bird Box.
i wouldn't have thought that Bird Box needed a sequel six years later (and 2 years after the disappointing—YEAH, I SAID IT—netflix adaptation), but here we are and here it is and honestly? i thought it was great. when i first read Bird Box, the premise blew me away; answering the question, "what if lovecraft was actually scary?" by centering a horror novel around an unfaaathomabl ...more
Well, I’m getting my words back! I hate the movie adaptation of Netflix and I wish they won’t work with the same screenwriters team for this sequel: it is SO MUCH BETTER to be wasted!
It’s still claustrophobic, dark, disturbing, irritatingly apocalyptic, pessimistic make ...more
I thought the book was fantastic! It started out with shit going down right out of the gate! I didn’t expect the turn of events but loved it all the same!! I hope they make a movie out of this one. And I freaking love the cover!
After some things happen, Malorie and the kids have their own home and the kids are teens!! They growed up 😃
There are a few different revelations that I thought were awesome!! I won’t ...more
The version I read was a pre-ARC file that Josh received from his editor, but judging from the file, I believe this will be the final version of the novel.
And what a novel it is.
My objectives with this pseudo-review are twofold:
a) I want to avoid any and all spoilers. The last thing I want to do is ruin this experience for any of you.
b) I’d like to share my feelings about the book as clearly as I can.
So with the above two objectives in mind, I’ve created a Q& ...more
As with everything in the BIRD BOX world, the school does not remain safe for long. Once again, Malorie goes on the road and discovers a safe place to raise her family, all still living by the fold. They are comfortable for many years, (Olympia and Tom are now 16), until a man arrives are their camp. He says he's from the census, and has printed papers wit ...more
Malorie is book #2 in the Bird Box series and begins where Bird Box ends at the school for the blind. Malorie and her children leave amidst disaster there and find refuge at a camp where her children are teenagers and their day t ...more
It had a promising beginning, but with the implausible plot that quickly deteriorated into a B-rated action movie. Very disappointing.
Not quite as solid and groundbreaking as Bird Box. More of an extended epilogue to give a few more answers and perhaps a bit of resolution. I cannot say that I felt deeply satisfied with the experience, but it was interesting and will probably hold the attention those who really got into the mystery of Bird Box.
This book was released in mid-2020 and I really wonder how much of it Malerman had worked out after the COVID-19 pandemic started. The discussions and opinions about blindfo ...more
You know that dark, ominous, foreboding feeling you get where the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end? YEAH, that happens in “Malorie” by Josh Malerman and it happens often. “Malorie” is the sequel to “Bird Box” and it’s a freaking doozie!
That atmospheric feeling is omnipresent through much of this novel. I personally felt it as soon as the first “creatures” appeared. All I can say is: Holy Sh&t!
“Malorie” is dar ...more
From my review of Bird Box in 2018:
Our protagonist, Malorie, is young and a little naive. There is a global calamity going on and she seems very preoccupied with her own circumstances. As a reader, you are concerned with our protagonist’s perspective—can she navigate through this story safely for us? I wanted a more reliable, capable protagonist to be honest but this is a horror novel and I came prepared for th ...more
Even someone who appears kindhearted might glance out a window. Even someone abrasive might never. The old constructs of good and bad have long been replaced with safe and unsafe. Are you a safe person? She thinks she is. She knows she is.
Despite the behavior by some that she considered unfathomably dangerous only fourteen days ago, she also gets it. People in the new world fall into two categories: safe and unsafe. But who’s to say which lives the better, fuller life?
I found Bird Box to be ...more
This one was just ok in my opinion.
It started out good and then... meh..
Bird Box was just so intense and fast moving....
not this one!
I really wanted to give my fellow
Michigander a rave review on this, so I’m sad
it didn’t work for me!
It all begins where BIRDBOX ended, The Jane Tucker School for the Blind. Two years have passed.
"Malorie stands against the brick wall of a classroom. The door is locked. She is alone. The lights are off. She is blindfolded. Outside in the hall, violence has begun."
Escape....the only answer.
Many more years of remote isolation pass. Another dangerous journey is on the horizon. The creatures are everywhere. But there's a goal now....a reason to leave safety.
Tom is ex...more
In Bird Box Malerman created a world just like our own, but one where horrors were in abundance just beyond every closed eyelid. These horrors were unknown and uncategorised but instantly infected those who witnessed them with an insanity that saw its only outlet in the destruction of the self or those around them.
Malorie has lived in this world for twelve long years. Her two children are now in their teens and this reality has been the only one they have ev ...more
“I was waiting for a literal message, I think. Waiting for a knock at the door, someone to come tell us it was over. It’s the ultimate fantasy for those of us from the old world, isn’t it? Word that the whole nightmare has come to an end?”So eerily reminiscent of present times, right?
Malorie is the sequel to Josh Malerman's successful novel Bird Box, and it revisits Malorie and her now adolescent children a decade later at the camp Bird Box abruptly ended at. A tempting piece of new ...more
This book begins right where Bird Box ends and it starts with a bang when Malorie and her kids, now teenagers, are on the run again fleeing a nightmare at The Janet Tucker School for the Blind.
I mean, the very idea of a creature that is so incomprehensible to the human mind that people lose their sanity at the mere sight of them? Fucking genius.
How could you NOT want to read this???
This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat hoping and praying that th ...more
After that initial reaction, I was like You know what... whatever. I'll read it. And so I did and holy mother forking shirt balls. You guys this book was A-MA-ZING.
It was so much better than it's predecessor, I think. I saw the movie. I didn't read the book. Oops. But I still loved it more.
This book goe ...more
Well last time she went out by herself
And she rowed across the water
And she thought of the creatures, what they’re doing
And in her head painted a picture
But now her kids are grown,
Well she still lives by the fold
And they’ve missed seeing the world
And they want to be more bold
Son Tom is a rover
Even if you still shouldn’t see
Why don't you go look for more, Malorie? …doo doo doo… Malor ...more
Just a word of warning, once you are finished reading this dont discuss it with anyone. I just had a long chat about the book with a friend and we complained so much about some of the irrational twists at the end it made me lower my rating.
Basically the story started really strong and didn't end so well. Just like this horse ....
The biggest appeal of the first book was the novelty of a world where you are not allowed to open your eyes. It was a creepy, slow burner that really played on ...more
I could say I was expecting the final, although is still surprised me a lot. And in a good way.
I wasn't expecting the huge surprize that comes near the end, this I can admit it.
So, the atmosphere is still there, also the chill and the suspense. The children are teens now, the creatures are creepier than ever, the love, the cries, the worries, the folds, the journey, another journey, ...more
Malorie is once again on the road to find some form of peace. She is accompanied by her two children now grown as seventeen years have passed, as they have been hiding out in an old deserted camp. When she learns of the possibility that family might still be alive, she agrees to leave the place of supposed safety to seek out with her childr ...more
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