[Review] Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 11th February, 2018

[Review] Bird Box by Josh MalermanBird Box by Josh Malerman
Published by Ecco on May 13, 2014
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Pages: 262
Source: Amazon, Purchase
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 journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat--blindfolded--with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page

I know this unrelated to this review but I just wanted to share a challenge that I have been trying out. This year I am going to read more outside of my go to genre, romance. I am going to try to read at least one or more horror, mystery or thriller book a month. This month for my thriller/horror read I decided to pick up Bird Box. Please don’t get me wrong in this review, I liked the story. I definitely, appreciate what the author was trying to do writing a world that is based on the fear of the unknown. It was that fear of the unknown that drew me to Bird Box. I wanted to read something that just might scare the pants off me.


I admit I mainly picked up Bird box because it is becoming a movie starring Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich.   I knew I needed to read this book before the movie came out. I mean it must be good to have such big named actors headlining the movie. Right? So, I built this book with way too many expectations in my head. I was getting goosebumps just thinking about reading Bird Box. Sadly, it just didn’t hit the mark. Instead of a truly terrifying tale I got a story about complacency. A story about facing fears. It was thrilling and even tense in some parts but it was definitely not what I thought it was going to be.

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Bird Box takes place in world where these creatures now roam the Earth for some unknown reason. If a person sees these creatures then they will be driven to madness with a desire to kill themselves and those around them. The world has fallen into an apocalypse wasteland. The story opens four years after the world has fallen. A woman named Malorie along with her two children must board a row boat and row to safety, blindfolded. Malorie has no idea what she is running from because to survive she has never entered this new world with her eyes open. But, her supplies are running low and it is getting harder to survive alone. So, for the sake of her children, she must venture into a world that is no longer a world she knows.


Like I said before, I liked parts of Bird Box it was not a bad story.   It was definitely a book that peaked my curiosity. I wanted to know what these creatures were. I wanted to know why they would drive a person mad. So, I went on this journey with Malorie. In the end, I was just as confused and angry as she was for most of it. Why? Because this story explains nothing. It is just what I said before it is a story about a woman facing fears. It is a story about a woman that can no longer live her cocoon of complacency. I don’t know if others will get the same metaphor I did out of this story. A metaphor about anxiety. It was like what I go through with my anxiety. There are people out there that might make fun of me if I leave my house. I don’t know what will happen to me if I leave my house. Still, sometimes I have to leave that cocoon of safety I have built. I must face a world of unknowns scared the whole time. I know Malorie stakes were much higher like she could die from wild animals or be driven mad from the creatures. But, fear is fear and it easy to stay safe then go out and face it.


I must say the beginning of Bird Box started out strong. I was addicted from page one. Then, it fell off in the middle and I was becoming slightly bored. Finally, by the time I finished the book I was feeling dissatisfied.  In the end, Bird Box was just a middle of road thriller. Not bad not great. I appreciated what I took away from the story. I didn’t feel like I wasted my time but, still, I wanted more than Bird Box delivered. I can still say I want to go see the movie.

Written by Amy Gilman

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