Author: Josh Malerman
Published by: Ecco
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
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, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is 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. 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. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motley group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos.
But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?
What. The. Hell.
Now, this is good horror! Bird Box managed to give me those intense creepy feelings that I crave, yet rarely get. I loved it! I went into this book pretty much blind, which made the experience even better.
Don’t open your eyes. If you see it, you’ll go crazy and kill yourself. That’s the only thing people know about what’s going on. So they try to block out the world, wear blindfolds, anything not to see it. But no one knows what “it” really is.
What adds a wonderful element of creepiness to the story, is that we the reader, are only privy to what the narrator experiences. Her senses. So when Malorie is blindfolded, and feels something close to her, brushing against her, not even knowing what it is, we feel that heart pounding intensity. The helplessness and fear of the unknown. It’s a freaking trip!
I’m not going to get into any details about what goes on or what unfolds, because not knowing is part of the fun! Just know that you will go on a creeptastic ride. I will say that I love the ending! It was frustrating in the best way. Completely fitting.
Bird Box is without a doubt a hit, and I can’t wait to see what the author puts out next.