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Publisher's Note:

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 de…

Bird Box: A Novel

by Josh Malerman

Overall Book Review:

I must say that I have never read a book quite like this one. It has been compared to The Road and Stephen King, but it almost seems to be in a category all its own. I can think of a few young adult series that are similar, but this book has a more mature feel to it, and I would personally only recommend it to an adult reader, or a very mature young adult.

People wandering around blindfolded, stockpiling canned goods, being terrified to step foot outdoors…these are all things that stand out in this book. Obviously the people are living in a world that is dangerous and frightening, but what makes them so scared? The reader isn’t told this little tidbit, perhaps because the characters themselves don’t really know. I was left wondering if this thing they are so scared of really existed, or if it was all in their minds. This book isn’t really science fiction, and it isn’t a mystery either. I’d say it is more of a dystopian fiction with a little bit of thriller/mystery thrown in. If you are looking for something new and different, try this book out.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  5 religious exclamations; 2 mild obscenities; 3 scatological words; 12 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  Blood and gore is mentioned several times; death is mentioned multiple times; several characters are mentioned to have committed suicide; several frightening scenes are described in detail; dead bodies are described with some detail; birthing described in some detail with blood mentioned.

Sex/Nudity:  Non-sexual depiction of nudity; two women are mentioned to be unwed and pregnant.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, family/personal crises.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink; adults smoke.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.