Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Boxed in, she thinks. Forever.

Book Rating

4/5

Book Review

I got chills! They’re multiplying. And I’m loooosing control… Ok, I’ll stop, call it a coping mechanism. No, but, seriously. Bird Box freaked me out. I’m going around turning all the lights on and looking around, but then remembering not to look and closing my eyes. I literally am seeing things out of the corner of my eyes when nothing is there. You could say I’m a little paranoid right now. *slowly puts blindfold on and continues humming Grease to try to keep my mind off of the creatures*

I decided to join the hype after seeing about ten million Bird Box memes on the instagram accounts I follow, no joke. I knew it was a Netflix movie with Sandra Bullock in it, and I had already planned on watching it soon (side note, with Bird Box and Bandersnatch, Netflix has been on point lately) but when I found out it was a book, too, I had to pick it up! And I’m so glad I did… jumping on the bandwagon for this one was definitely a good call. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I plan on doing so later tonight or, maybe I’ll wait until daylight tomorrow.

There were definitely things I didn’t like about the book, but for the most part I could overlook them due to the sheer creativeness of the idea, and the creepy feelings that I have after reading it! I didn’t like that she called her children the Boy and the Girl, that was annoying. I didn’t like that there were a lot of unanswered questions at the end… but I guess that kind of adds to the mystery and makes it feel more real. I didn’t like not knowing what happened to one character. That made me anxious. And I honestly feel like I don’t know much about Malorie even after reading an entire book about her. Although, I guess when the world is disrupted, it doesn’t really matter who you were before.

Other than that, I really liked this book. It makes you think of just how much you rely on your senses, especially on your eyes, on seeing. It is terrifying to think of it being taken from you when you need it most. I am dying to know what caused the madness, and what exactly happened to make this such a huge problem around the world, but I guess, like the characters in the novel, I’ll never know.

If you’re looking for a quick read (I blew through this one because it made me so tense) that sends chills down your spine and will likely stick with you, I highly recommend this book! I read it on Scribd, which I am starting to love more and more with each book I read from it. But, here’s a link to Amazon’s version if you want to get that!

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