Bird Box

Bird Box

Book - 2015
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Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, 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 remains, 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's 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. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©Œ©Ž℗¿℗ŁÊ»2014.
ISBN: 9780062259660
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 20 cm.


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Apr 16, 2019

Well-written, but the premise hung on very flimsy logic in some places and there are a few "oh, come ON" moments. As a debut novel, though, it's certainly interesting enough to merit investigating the author's other work; he has a highly readable style.

Mar 25, 2019

I enjoyed the fact that it was placed in Michigan. Other than that it was rather boring just one of those books you just get through to see what's going to happen and no bang for your buck at the end. I read this book prior to the movie I don't understand why people like the movie which I've never watched because the book was not that good.

Mar 17, 2019

I absolutely loved this book! The movie was great, the book was better! If your anything like me and enjoy scaring yourself with apocalyptic thrillers this is for you! Its filled with twists and jumps from past to present but is easy to follow and a quick read! I read it in just a few sittings!Thumbs way up!

JCLS_Medford_Jessica Feb 22, 2019

I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. The writing style was choppy and almost staccato in nature and I was concerned that the style would make it difficult to convey details and emotions. I got used to it though and now recognize that the writing aided in the heightened sense of confusion and suspense. I highly recommend reading "Bird Box" but maybe not as a "reading before bed" book. :)

Feb 09, 2019

Wow. That was horrifying. Well done Malerman!

Feb 07, 2019

My first Top Read selection for 2019, and what a doozy of a tale it is! How do writers come up with this stuff? Just plain good story-telling about a group of survivors in an apocalyptic world. Seriously creepy and plenty frightening. And there's always one bad apple in the bunch, but I didn't see this one coming nor the culminating events that will sear into your brain long after you turn the last page. It's a suspenseful thriller that had me going from the get-go and left me jumpy at night. Highly recommended at 4.5 stars.

Jan 09, 2019

Sandra bullock performs and amazing role in this movie based on best selling book. In the movie the seemingly calm world is turned upside down when unknown supernatural entities take over causing people to go insane and commit suicide if looked at. This goes on for five years with them living in complete isolation until they embark down the river. I really enjoyed the concept of this movie because it is very unique. I would recommend this movie for older audiences because some of the subject matter can be unsettling. I believe the acting was bad at times and the story was somewhat predictable. Other than that I would recommend this movie. I rate this movie a 4 out of 5. @movieslayer123 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Bird box is a very interesting book as it presents a scenario where a person has to avoid using their sight as to not be drawn to suicide from the beings outside or killed by other humans. The book does an excellent job at establishing the characters and creates a connect that causes immense pain once one of them dies. Our lead character is a strong women who is hellbent on protecting her children and teaches then life since birth without sight. The ending to this book is extremely bleak and heart wrenching but neither the less still an amazing ending to a good story. Some issues this story has is the plot is a bit to simplistic and at points the children are used as a plot device too much but this still doesn't diminish the quality of this book. As with this book I would recommend watching the Netflix movie, but be warned there are some changes for better or for worse. 4/5 Stars. @TheCollector of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jan 09, 2019

Couldn't put the book down, but the ending was disappointing. It did leave room for a sequel, so who knows....

Jan 05, 2019

Just like others, I got this on purpose to read in advance of the Netflix film. Very good book and interesting concept. I've not read anything like it. Of course the book is invariably "better" than the movie but a couple of questions I had about the book were handled very well in the movie. Read the book for sure, if you've a mind, but it is not needed to help understand the movie better.

alburke47 Nov 22, 2018

The world, or at least the human world, is coming to an end. People are randomly committing violent murders, and suicide numbers are through the roof. No one is sure what’s going on, but speculation is of course rife. Some kind of strange creature seems to be to blame, one that drives the will to live out of people. Paranoia begins to set in, and those people still alive lock themselves away, only venturing forth blindfolded. Malorie is one such person. We see the events through her eyes, both in the past and the present as she sets off to row a boat down a river – yes, you guessed it – blindfolded, with two four-year old kids along for the ride.

The author does a fantastic job, telling the story as it unfolds in real time, and also the past events. He certainly knows how to ratchet up the tension, and his characters act appropriately, going through stages of terror, denial and so forth at these moments. To offset these, he details the banal existence of a group of people all in the same boat (not the rowboat), and house, struggling to survive. Malorie is a great host. She is sensible, but still feels the same fear as everyone else. Maybe more so. But she is brave and has to deal with the past events while pregnant.

Malorie details the standard horror clique dynamic well, but the characters are well-drawn, from “doer” Tom, who is the unofficial leader who keeps everyone on the rough and ready, to skeptical Don, who fights him most of the way. When an outsider, Gary, arrives, things start to go downhill.

All in all, this is an excellent short read, with Netflix releasing a movie in December. Plenty of time to read the book in advance.

4.5/5 stars

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