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Bird Box: A Novel Paperback – 10 Feb 2015
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“A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one’s fingers. There has never been a horror story quite like this. Josh Malerman truly delivers.” (—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool)
“This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes-it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration. Josh Malerman does the job like a fast-talking, wised-up angel.” -Peter Straub (—Peter Straub)
“[A] chilling debut… Malerman...keeps us tinglingly on edge with his cool, merciless storytelling [and] douses his tale in poetic gloom….An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock’s The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll.” (—Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“The author uses understatement and allusion to create a lean, spellbinding thriller that Stephen King fans will relish.” (—Publishers Weekly (starred review))
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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, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded. 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. Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman's breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.See all Product description
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Most characters are not well written. Didn't like the protagonist. There's not much to the story. However, the writing is very good. The author is able to transport the readers. Reminded me of the movie the Quiet Place. The ending is too rosy.
But, boy, I'm glad I did!!
The idea is simple, yet so brilliant. For the majority of us, who have been raised on sight instead of sense, this book and its struggle is utterly relatable in the most horrifying way.
I finished this book in two days. Two working days.. with all the work and travelling. I still gulped down this book as if I've been long thirsting for this.
I read it in broad day light on a train travelling to work. And was scared s***less when a lady brushed my shoulder on her way out. That's what this book will do to you.
I read this entire book in grayscale. Maybe, it was Malerman's writing or simply the colour I chose to give the story. But the world painted by Malerman is so devoid of hope and so engraved in mystery and madness, that's the colour the world will take while you read this.
The writing is brilliant. Simple, sharp and crisp. The story and concept will stay with you for a long time after it is done.
Here's the premise of Bird Box. In the near future, something or someone has arrived on Earth. One glance at whatever it is will drive you mad and a horrible death immediately ensues. There are a handful of survivors who have figured out how to stay alive. One group in a house by the river includes a young woman named Malorie.
Malerman flips the narrative back and forth as we learn how the situation in the house deteriorated and what led to Malorie and two four year olds named Boy and Girl sitting in a boat blindfolded, trying to row their way to what may or may not be a safe haven. Each narrative is just as gripping, switching at just the right moment, leaving the listener wanting more. (And leaving me mighty tired in the morning)
Malerman ramps up the scary factor by tenfold (or more!) Actions that we would take for granted are suddenly terrifying. Going outside is frightening beyond belief - is something watching you? Stalking you? What just touched your arm? Was it a branch...or something else? Was that a footstep or just a branch dropping? You can't know - because you can't open your eyes. You do, you die. But what if? What if you did look? What if you looked through a camera? What if...?
This is one of the best audio books I've listened to in a long, long time. Remember, I'm in the dark listening. It only intensified the story as I imagined what the characters in Bird Box were going through. I truly had goosebumps. There are no overt gory scenes in the book - rather it is the slow building tension that is the most horrifying. Cassandra Campbell was the reader and she did an excellent job. Her voice is easy to listen to and has a lovely resonant tone to it. Her interpretation of the book did it great justice. I felt I was in the story with Malorie as she recounted her tale - an even, resigned tone to the known and ramping up as the danger of the unknown increases.
I'll be waiting to see what Malerman comes up with for his next book. Universal Pictures has also optioned Bird Box. Fans of Cormac McCarthy's The Road would love this book.
The story talks of a dystopian world where people closets themselves in their houses because there are some creatures outside which are making them mad on site. It's a pain to explain the story since there is so much happening here. But at its core it is a dystopian horror book which is nicely crafted. It has its ups and downs. Since most of the time you don't know what's happening, the pace slows a lot and the same things are repeated over and over again. However, the chills it generates were authentic. Go for it if you would like to read something offbeat.
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