Arrow Review #70 – Bird Box

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 305 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]
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?


Back in January, I picked this book up to read during this month to take part in a Horror Read-a-thon for Halloween. I usually do not read much in the Horror genre, but Bird Box is part Horror part mix of other genres. I believe the story had a nice mix for me to try to get into horror.

The suspense in this story was at the top. It was the best I have ever seen in a book. There was so many things I wanted to know as the story goes from present day to past narratives. In the present day, Malorie and her two children go down a river to relocate to a better location. In the past, Malorie escapes her home and moves into an old house with other survivors. Let me tell you, a lot of things happen. A lot of things.

One of the many things that I noticed first was the children were referred to as Boy and Girl. I started thinking how could the children not have names and what was the purposes of it. I figured that if the children do not have names, than anything can could happen in this story.

The main point of the story is exploring a world pretty much blind. There is something known as “creatures” that lurks in the world now and if a person sees it, they go mad. When a person goes mad, it usually ends in a death of themselves or multiple people. In other words, this has now become the apocalypse. If people wanted to protect themselves, they would cover up all windows and block anything that can help you see in the outside world. If they had to go outside, people would wear blindfolds. Imagine living in a world and you cannot see a single thing while moving around? Terrifying. Imagine driving a car blind!

I did not get into the story as much as I hoped I would, but I was really into the ending. It was just crazy to the max. There was so many things going around, so many things to comprehend. It was pretty much crazy. How could people live in this world??

This story was full of suspense and thrills and horror in many areas. If you are more of a suspense or thriller reader, I would say this is the perfect book for you. Although I didn’t enjoy the story, I kept hoping this would be turned into a movie, I probably would have enjoyed a movie based on this book.

Note: I just searched the web to see if this was possible and in fact, a movie is being made! It’s on Netflix and starring Sandra Bullock! This is going to be good!!

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