Bird Box [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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—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?

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2014
There is something out there. Something that drives people insane from simply seeing it. In their postapocalyptic world where looking outside is potentially deadly, Malorie and her two children live in perpetual darkness with blacked-out windows, blindfolding themselves when they venture outside. But Malorie can survive on her own for only so long. Hoping to find a safer place to live, she takes her children on a 20-mile trip down the river that runs behind their house. Blindfolded and alert to every sound, they set out on a journey that will require Malorie to use everything that she has to get her children to safety. Because something is following them, something that wants them to take off their blindfolds. VERDICT A good horror story lets the tension build slowly, eventually ending in a nail-biting crisis that is finally resolved by the novel's last page. Debut author Malerman, however, takes the pressure level from zero to 100 on page one and attempts to keep it there for the entire book. That extreme suspense becomes tedious after about 50 pages, and yet there are another 200-plus pages that the reader must get through. Malerman does attempt to add dimension to his protoganist by interspersing her backstory into the main plotline, but that addition only serves to make the peripheral characters more interesting than Malorie. With an anticlimactic ending, there is little reward here for the faithful reader who perseveres to the end.—Elisabeth Clark, West Florida P.L., Pensacola
—Hugh Howey
“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.”
—Peter Straub
“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062259677
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 13,672
  • File size: 612 KB

Meet the Author

Josh Malerman is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band the High Strung. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Really? Can i have my time and money back?

    Excellent writing. Lame no-closure conclusion. Like books where it seems like the author got tired of writing and just stopped? Then this is for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    WOW

    A powerful book. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

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    I love audio books. Listening to a book is somehow more intimate

    I love audio books. Listening to a book is somehow more intimate making you feel closer to the author's words and the experience of the book is different than reading it. Josh Malerman's debut novel Bird Box is one I am so very glad I listened to. My husband can't stand the light on at night, so I usually listen to an audio book before falling asleep.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2014

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    Really Cool

    Great writing, really cool premise. I would've liked a little more explanation at the end but I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Good read.

    I rather enjoyed this story, so much so I went through it one day.

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  • Posted September 7, 2014

    Imagining a world where opening your eyes could make you go mad

    Imagining a world where opening your eyes could make you go mad really made me think about walking around outside after I finished this book. AHHHHH. I loved Bird Box. I hated putting it down and every time I had to, I looked forward to picking it back up. While I did have some issues with the book, I still loved the book and my issues didn't affect my rating.

    I went into this book having no idea what it was about, knowing only that Malorie and her children could not look outside, and anything they did outside had to be done blindfolded. The book alternates between the present, the day Malorie and her children are preparing to leave the house they've lived in for four years, and the day in the past that Malorie learned she was pregnant. Not knowing anything about this book was so awesome. I loved learning more about what was going on bit by bit.

    I did have a couple of issues (I didn't like that the children weren't named... that made no sense to me, and I was also confused about something that the news reports fairly early on because I couldn't understand how they would possibly know that), but overall, those issues didn't affect my rating. I still loved the book and highly recommend it. That said, there are some pretty gruesome scenes, so I would go into the book keeping that in mind.

    I really hate how hard it is to write about books that you love, because I just want to throw this book at everyone and make them read it. XD Very happy that my book club picked this one out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    It is our worst nightmare put down on paper

    This book takes a hold of you and never lets you go

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

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    Rating: 4.5 I don¿t read many thrillers. It¿s not that I don¿t

    Rating: 4.5

    I don’t read many thrillers. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, but it’s hardly my go-to genre. Whenever I saw Bird Box, I was intrigued. Without reading any reviews (I certainly didn’t want the ending spoiled), I dove it. And wow! I was incredibly impressed. Bird Box certainly surprised me. First, I was sucked into the story immediately. Second, I wanted more! I needed to know what was going on. I needed to know what was outside. I needed answers! I devoured the book much more quickly than I thought I would.

    So, I loved this book, but only gave it a 4.5? Here’s why:

    SPOILER: I spent this entire book dying for answers. I needed to know what these things were. What could possibly make a person go instantly insane? … Well, I don’t know. Bird Box doesn’t give those answers. The book ends with no explanation, no reasoning behind what has plagued the world for years on end. For someone like me, someone that craves answers, this was a major disappointment. With some reasonable answer, this would have been a perfect book. END SPOILER

    Other than what’s mentioned in my spoilers, I absolutely loved Bird Box. I definitely recommend it to anyone that likes thrillers or mysteries.

    You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Very good book...

    Good story...i can read it again...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Josh Malerman knows how to tell a story! I was glued to the page

    Josh Malerman knows how to tell a story! I was glued to the pages of Bird Box and even after I was done, the story stayed in my mind. The ending kept me thinking! I can't wait to go back and re-read the book - something I almost never do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Amazing

    I was looking for a new book to read on my nook as I had just finished my last one, and saw this as a newer release. I am so glad I purchased it because it was the best book I've read in a long time. It kept me on edge for the whole 200 odd pages, amd I finished within 24 hours of purchasing. I definitely recommend it for anyone who likes horror/thrilling books.

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    Bird Box was highly recommended to me by a number of other reade

    Bird Box was highly recommended to me by a number of other readers/fellow book lovers, so I picked it up thanks to their influence despite my aversion to adult books. It was fortunate for me that I gave Bird Box a chance because otherwise I would have missed out on one of the scariest books I've ever read!




    Reasons to Read:




    1. Fear of the unknown:




    Josh Malerman masters this concept with Bird Box, because the idea here is that there is something (unknown) in the world causing people to go mad and kill themselves (and, sometimes, others). The world as we know it shuts down. Survivors are left in a world of darkness with no idea as it what's happening or what's out there. To me, it's that unknown mystery that's the scariest. When I watch horror movies, it's never the moment when the monster/evil is revealed that I'm most afraid - it's the moments when fear grips me because there is something dark and shadowy behind me.




    2. Intense writing:




    I'm a firm believer that a horror book needs suspenseful writing to be successful (at scaring me). Josh absolutely nails this style of writing in Bird Box, with just the right amount of description for a story where the characters spend a significant amount of time blindfolded. Sound and touch are extremely important senses, and attention is paid to them in a way that made me feel as if I was experiencing the events in the book as the characters were.




    3. Malorie as the protagonist:




    This relates to why I primarily stay away from adult books, but I didn't believe I would appreciate Malorie as a main character. As a pregnant woman for much of the book (and a mother), I thought I'd simply fail to relate or empathize with her character. I was completely surprised when I connected with her almost instantly. Malorie is still fairly young (and likely not much older than I am) and we share many of the same fears and anxieties pre-Bird Box world events. But most importantly, the fact that Malorie is a mother provided a strong sense of internal motivation as to why she fought so hard to survive in the book. 




    I should add that I don't think you should read this book for the plot. If you're looking for answers and explanations about the events in Bird Box - you're not going to find the ending neatly tied up for you. Bird Box is not that kind of book. Rather, it is more about the journey and experience of this story which is a point in time of Malorie's life and having the same fears as she does. 




    In fact, I think this lack of explanation is precisely what makes this book so good - the unknown story is what scares me the most. I also found the ending to be fairly shocking - it wasn't what I expected and it left me with a lot of questions. While I'm not sure I loved the ending, it left me thinking and I feel like Bird Box is a book I'm going to need to read a few times to truly appreciate.




    Hardcover personally purchased.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    I loved this!  It kept me guessing the whole time...highly recom

    I loved this!  It kept me guessing the whole time...highly recommend!  I cannot wait for his next book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Pretty good book :)

    I liked this book and finished it fast. Nice to see an interesting monster or whatever it is. I just wish I knew what it was lol. Then again..we humans are the worst of the bunch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Couldn't pur it down

    This would make a great movie

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    One of the Best books I have read in a long time!!!!

    One of the Best books I have read in a long time!!!!

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