Books on my Shelf: Bird Box by Josh Malerman
I decided that book reviews should be something that a writer does now and again to show my readers what kind of books I’m reading and loving. So, it’s very appropriate that Bird Box by Josh Malerman would be my debut review.
I actually read this book last year but it was one of two that stuck with me in such a way that I go around recommending it to everyone I strike up a book conversation with. (Which happens often.)
The marketing of this book has been brilliant too. I’m sharing the following from FROM MY BOOKSHELF
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“Well. I just got home from the most unique author reading I think I’ve been to yet. Josh Malerman stopped by Schuler Books earlier this evening to promote the release of his debut novel, Bird Box. What made the reading so unique is that the author wouldn’t come out until all of the audience members were blindfolded. Once we were all suitably blindfolded, Malerman and his band (the High Strung) came out and performed a chapter from the book, complete with sound effects, appropriately atmospheric music, and multiple people performing different characters from the story. I’m not going to lie, it was a little unsettling, which of course was the point. I’m not sure what is going on in the book, but being blindfolded and unable to see plays an integral part of the story, so it was giving us a taste of the characters in the story are going through. I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to read this book at night…”
Why the blindfolds? Well, I’ll first put the book description below and then we’ll talk for a minute.
“Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.
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.”
Okay…so…in a boat with two 4-year-olds…something is after you…and you have to be blindfolded. Scared yet?
Anyone who has seen the classic film with Audrey Hepburn, Wait Until Dark, knows that there is plenty to be afraid of when you can’t see. Malerman writes with a claustrophobia in wide open spaces. It’s every fear you could put a name to: harm to yourself, harm to someone you love…someone innocent, the world ending, having to make a move when you are frozen with fear, the unseen and unknown monster reaching out of the dark for you. He does it masterfully. It is a brilliant debut and I am waiting with bated breath for his next novel. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Trust me. You’ll love it.