#WhatToRead: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

“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.”

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I read this book last year for my Spooky October TBR in 2017. I did not have the chance to write a review for it, but I knew I wanted to write it eventually because I freakin’ loved this book! I bought it about a long time ago and to be honest I was not convinced when I picked it up, but Oh-My-God!

the characters

I don’t tend to read a lot of suspense/ fiction/thrillers, but I really liked Malorie, the main character and it was an absolute page-turner. Malorie is such a flawed, but strong character. The story is written in different time lies and we get to know Malorie before the creatures appeared so we get a deep sense of who Malorie was before and what she is now after 5 years of living in the dark.

Malorie was pregnant when the creatures appeared, although whoever saw them, soon after would become terribly violent and kill themselves or others. After she discovers the body of her sister in the bathroom upstairs, she jumps in the car to find a group of survivors. From that moment on a lot of good and bad things happen and choices that will shape Malorie and her future. These moments are alternating with the present when Malorie wants to take the children and move away from the house.

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The plot is interesting and I was at the edge of my seat the whole time. I usually do not like alternative timelines, for this story it worked perfectly and it really told the story well. I found myself intrigued and involved in this world and caring about all of the characters in it. I found really interesting the premise of not being able to look at the creatures roaming outside – those who looked usually ended up killing themselves and/or others. Although the plot feels slower because the premise doesn’t really allow for fast-paced action, the anxiety of those creatures and the imminent danger everyone was in was perfect to creep me out. The tension was very well maintained through the story as well.

the writingWhat a stunning apocalyptic fiction thriller! The writing was very good and I felt that characters had their own distinct voice. The choices the characters made felt like choices that people would do in real life.

I really enjoyed this novel and it would be one of those that I would love to watch as a movie as I think it would translate well.

Have you read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below!

Xoxo

Jane

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