Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Dystopia
Publication Date: 27th March 2014
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“Josh Malerman’s debut novel BIRD BOX is a terrifying, psychological thriller that is sure to stay with you long after reading.
Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew.
Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing
And we couldn’t look outside anymore.”
My Thoughts & Review
Bird Box is a dystopian novel where a global phenomenon takes place, people begin to see something and then they go crazy and kill themselves and sometime others. No one knows what this thing is or where it comes from all they know is that they must protect themselves from it, easier said than done.
In Bird Box we follow the main character Malorie as she deals with what’s going on around her. The story flicks between two time frames. One time frame follows Malorie before everything kicks off and the second is set in the present time where Malorie is trying to stay alive with her children while trying to get them to the safe place.
The writing and pace was good and easy to follow, and while the book held my attention and kept me interested enough to keep reading to the end I did feel that the characterisation and development was a little slow to none existent. This was a little disappointing as there weren’t that many characters in the book. The lack of character development made it a little hard to sympathise with them. Also, there was some repetition in the storyline and at times it started to get a little boring.
Overall I liked this book but didn’t love it. I think if I had read the book before watching the movie then I may have enjoyed it a bit more but on this occasion the movie was better. I know there is another book after this one, but I’m not sure if I will be picking it up.
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