Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person are 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, 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 with nothing to rely on but Malorie's 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?

I love horror books, but when I first started reading this one for some reason I gave up after a couple of pages and then didn't go back to it for months. When I did eventually pick it back up I couldn't put it back down again and finished it in a couple of days. 

Based in America, it's a kind of post-apocalyptic book that goes from present day to the past with each chapter showing Malorie's journey from the start to the finish. This managed to keep the book fast paced and interesting as you saw the destruction of the world and the people in it. Malorie is an odd character that I couldn't like in the book, but then I don't think she was made to be liked. 

At the beginning of the book, Malorie finds out she's pregnant and people start dying all over the world because of something they've seen. Soon, people start blindfolding themselves and we follow Malorie along her pregnancy as the world fights against the things outside that they cannot look at. In the future, Malorie is alone with her two young children and has decided to escape from her house and to a better place but she can't open her eyes to get there. I found the prospect of there being something you couldn't look at a lot more terrifying than aliens or monsters that go bump in the night. The sheer fact of not knowing what it was but knowing what it could do to people, or not being able to know if it was inches away from you sent a shiver up my spine. 

There wasn't any need for graphic detail or gore, although there were some, this idea in itself was enough to make me not want to open my eyes when I went to sleep after reading this. It's fast-paced and easy to read and the story is interesting throughout. For once, I wasn't disappointed with the ending and was constantly kept guessing through the story. When the author wanted something fast paced I could actually feel my heartbeat pick up as the characters became more anxious. 

If you are a fan of horror then I would highly recommend this book. I'd give it 4/5 just because of my inability to bond with any of the characters. The plot itself is truly special and I think anyone who reads this will like it. Get Bird Box on Amazon for £8.18 paperback or £4.49 Kindle.

Til' next time! XOXO


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