REVIEW: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Summary:

Synopsis from GoodReads.com:

“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?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page”

Review:

Imagine a world where you cannot look out of a window and that a trip outside involves a blindfold because if you see whatever lays outside you will loose your mind and die. This is the world of Bird Box.

I was so excited to read this book. It is rare that a horror novel gets mainstream attention so when this book started popping up everywhere of course I had to read it. It was surprisingly difficult to find and it spent months on my to read list until I finally got my hands on a copy. Was it worth the wait and the hype? No.

Bird Box is not a bad novel. It has brilliant ideas, some moments of gorgeous writing and is very unique. I am also a big fan of horror novels without a chosen one type character and everything is hopeless, like War of the World or The Birds. The gory moments in the book are very well done. They are creative and horrifying so they never miss the mark.

My favourite thing about this book was the story telling. It is written from a duel perspective from the same character. One in the present and one in the past explaining what happened to the world. It flows seamlessly, but I did have a slight issue at the beginning with the lack of description in the writing, then I realised that the characters are blindfolded most of the time so it makes sense to cut description. It leaves the reader blindfolded like the characters, which is a clever idea.

Even with all of that praise I say that this book was not worth all of the hype and waiting I did for it because it did not leave any impression. The characters were hard to care about and had nothing original to their personalities, if they had personalities at all.  I compare this novel to The Birds and War of the Worlds in genre only. Those books left an impression, they had normal every day people as characters but they made you relate to them, you felt their desperation, their horror and loss, this was not present in this book.

Warnings:

Graphic gore. Violence.

Rating:

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.com. Would I say it is awful? No. It is simply alright. I think this could be an easy gateway book into horror as it is pretty tame. Older teens could handle this book even if it is not a teen or YA novel.

As always feel free to follow me on GoodReads and if you have read Bird Box let me know what you thought of it below, and I am always open to book suggestions.

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