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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Bird Box

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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.

2014 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

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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: 10,063
  • 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

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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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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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!

    4 out of 4 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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 2 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 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    Terrifying!!!

    This was the most terrifying book i have ever read! I had to keep taking breaks from reading it because i was so freaked out by it! Really good read!

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  • Posted April 29, 2015

    WOW!!!!

    WOW!!!!

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  • Posted March 19, 2015

    Somehow scared, but mostly depressing about people trying to sur

    Somehow scared, but mostly depressing about people trying to survive in disgusting environment. Tired to read about all these troubles, all book long, without a break.Or you're kidding me? Too serious? 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2015

    Great read

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2015

    Terrific read

    If your looking for a story that's all tied up with a bow and a happy ending, then pass on this. Having said that, i thought this was one of the best, fresh and novel themes that I've read in a long time. Scary, kept me up reading half the night. Hope to see more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Very good

    Very good read! Keeps you on your toes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015

    Looking for the force mater?

    Go 'birds' result one for rules

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2015

    So glad I took a chance!

    I really enjoyed this author's style and use of psychological suspense. I look forward to more from him and hope that it will be equally entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2015

    I Also Recommend:

    Gripping I really liked the way this was written.  A defiinate p

    Gripping
    I really liked the way this was written.  A defiinate page-turnner and original story telling. A must - read

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

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    Disappointing 1.5 Stars I am so very disappointed in this book

    Disappointing

    1.5 Stars

    I am so very disappointed in this book. I tend to be a rather easy reader to please. There are quite a few books that I absolutely love that other seem to hate. I really just want to be entertained and I try not to over-analyze anything I am reading. So when I saw decent reviews for this book, I checked it out on Amazon and when I saw that it was only $1.99 at the time, I clicked that Buy Now button so quickly it could make your head spin. One of my friends on Goodreads was also planning to read this book so we decided to read it together.

    This book was okay for really most of the book. I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. Sure there were some things that bugged me. I hated that Malorie kept calling the kids Boy and Girl. If my husband called me Woman all the time instead of Carole, we would have some problems. I really did not like how the book jumped around in time. Because of the way the book jumped around, I knew that I should not get attached to most of the characters because they are not around anymore during the scenes set in the present.

    It wasn't all bad. The concept was different and I really like the books I read to be different. I liked the scenes set in the house with all of the residents. A group of people working together to survive the unsurvivable. People love that stuff, myself included. I liked the dynamics of the house and really liked some of the characters. I thought Tom was the kind of person you would want to have around in this kid of situation. He was a true leader willing to take risks. I found that the scenes featuring Tom and the other housemates were really the best in the book.

    There were some things that really, really bugged me about this book. I didn't really care about Malorie which was a problem since she is the main character. I know I would have liked the book more if I had liked Malorie but as it was written I didn't really care if she lived or died. There was few scenes that still bug me. Malorie drove herself to the safe house only opening her eyes every once in a while. How did that work? I sometimes wonder if the drivers that I see on the road at times have the eyes closed but this does not make any sense. I HATED the final scenes of the book. I was waiting for that moment when I would finally see everything come together. I had high hopes for that moment and thought it was going to be great. It ended up being one of the most ridiculous things that I have ever read.

    I can't recommend this book to anyone. If you are looking for scary, this book is not scary. It is weird. This is the first book by Josh Malerman that I have had a chance to read and I don't plan on seeking out any others to be honest. I am really a little mad that I spent real money on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    Excellent suspense

    Malerman has a knack for Hitchcock-like suspense and a blunt way of writing that lent itself well to this type of story. Only two scenes out of dozens felt unpolished (a major accomplishment!) and it is obvious that a lot of thought and editing went into this novel. Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2014

    Great read!

    Sequel? Really enjoyed the creative apocolyptic take!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    In wrong price list

    Look before diwnload

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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