Book Review: Bird Box

Bird BoxBird Box By Josh  Malerman

Genre: Horror, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Post Apocalyptic
Pages: 262 pages
Published: March 1st 2014
Publisher: Ecco
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: 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 motely 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.

My Thoughts: Bird Box has been one of those books I have been wanting to get to for ages. I finally decided to ask for it for Christmas. I decided to read it after not to long after watching The Quiet Place. I felt that was such perfect timing. The Quiet Place is about not being able to make noise while Bird Box is about keeping your eyes closed. I feel it added to the experience.


This is a story all about survival. Mallory decides it is finally time to leave the home she is currently at to go to a much safer place. The only thing is her journey needs to be traveled with her eyes close. As she goes to embark on this journey with her two children you are told her story through the past and present.

I really enjoyed this story a lot. I like how the story starts out in the present. You learn about Mallory’s current situation. Then the chapters alternate between past and present. I was never confused at what state we were in because you know her present is just her and the two children. The past there are other people involved. I enjoyed that the author took the time to give us that backstory. However I really wanted more backstory on what was creating these horrible violent attacks. It kinda just seemed like they came out of no where but there really wasn’t any explanation to it. I feel that really would have added to my experience of enjoying the story. That’s mainly why I didn’t rate the book 5 stars because I still felt like I had questions unanswered by the end.


I really enjoyed Mallory’s character a lot. I can only imagine how tough it must be to have to take care of these 2 children. That is a lot of responsible especially at a time like this. She ended up toughing it out and did whatever she could to make sure they stayed safe. I can only imagine how difficult it was to make that journey on the river. Thankfully she was not alone. I also like some of the other side characters you ended up meeting. I enjoyed seeing how they dealt with their situation. It was interesting to see the ideas they came up with for survival. I feel they came up with ideas I never would have thought of.


I enjoyed the writing for this book. I felt it was very suspenseful. I was worried the whole time I read this book. All I wanted was for Mallory and her kids to survive. I didn’t want to put this book down. If I didn’t have so much going on when I started this book I would have finished it in a day. Plus this book ended up creeping me out. There was one night when I went to bed without the lights on. I was creeped out and thought that the thing that was creating these violent attacks was in my room.

Overall this was such a good read. I’m so happy I ended up reading it when I did. I know they are planning to turn this into a movie which I am very excited for. I can’t wait to go see that when it comes out. I do plan to check out more from Josh Malerman. I currently have Unbury Carol checked out from the library. I’m going to aim to read that in June.

Have you guys read this book? If so did you end up enjoying it?


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