Ecco Press | May 2014 | 260 pgs
Source: Library

"Under no circumstances will either one of you remove your blindfold. If you do, I will hurt you. Do you understand?" 

For four and a half years, Malorie and her two young children have not stepped out of their house near the river. Because there is something out there and whatever this is it must not be seen. There are news that one glimpse of it and a person is driven to deadly violence. Those who have seen will kill anyone around them before killing themselves. No one really knows what it is and how it happened but like a disease it has spread quickly and afar. 

Before the children, Malorie had seeked refuge at a stranger's place which housed a few others survivors like her. Tom, who took on the role as a leader, had guided and supported the five other housemates, including Malorie, like his family. During those torturous years, they lived on canned foods, and Tom and Jules had risked their lives to go out to search for food while blindfolded. Like a blind man, they relied on their instincts and broomsticks and each time they are back they all count themselves lucky for escaping death and whatever was lurking out there. Until Gary, a newcomer, stepped into their house and changed everything. 

Bird Box was a frightening read on many aspects. First of all, the unknown. Like the characters, the reader has no idea what the threat is. Is the "thing" a man, an animal or a creature? All we know is, it is scary and it could mess up your mind and make you kill. Interweaving between the past and the present, we learn that fear comes in various forms, and that our minds can be a scary thing. And despite the darkness we also see some light through Tom's courage and the things he's done for his housemates. This book will appease readers who like reading about the apocalyptic world with a dose of horror. A soon-to-be film starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, and John Malkovich.

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14 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    I absolutely adored this book! It was so creepy! I’m devastated they’re making it a movie. There’s no way they’ll get it right? How can they capture that fear of not being able to see??? Plus, John Malkovich? No! Just no!

  2. Melody Says:

    Jenny - Yes, it was creepy yet thought-provoking in a way. I'm curious how they'll execute the film. I suppose we'll have to watch it to find out how it is huh?

  3. Verushka Says:

    How creepy! And that cast! I don't like horror movies, but for that cast, I would totally at least try it out lol

  4. Kay Says:

    I've seen this book mentioned for quite a while but haven't picked it up yet. Might have to do so because you make it sound quite good, Melody. I think that not being able to see is a deep fear for many of us, especially readers. Right? Whew!

  5. Melody Says:

    Verushka - I love horror movies, though I'm the squeamish kind, lol.

  6. Melody Says:

    Kay - I'll be curious of your thoughts if you do read it, Kay. Yes, not being able to see is frightening, as well as not knowing what scary thing is lurking out there. These really drove me crazy while reading it, lol.

  7. Lark Says:

    Sounds very unsettling and suspenseful, and a great read for this time of year. :)

  8. jenclair Says:

    It sounds really sinister, and wow, the film has some big names attached!

  9. Iliana Says:

    This really sounds creepy! Definitely a book for the R.I.P. challenge. Will have to put this on my radar.

  10. This sounds so good! Very creepy. I will definitely have to give this a try.

  11. Melody Says:

    Lark - Yes, it definitely fits this time of year, isn't it?

  12. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Yep, I'm totally curious about the film. :)

  13. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Yes, it's a great option for the R.I.P. Challenge.

  14. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I love a good, creepy read anytime. :)

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