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[Book Review] 'Bird Box' by Josh Malerman

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I first learned about this book while listening to an episode of All the Books! podcast some time in 2017.

It was a scary book, according to the hosts, so it immediately piqued my curiosity. After that, I read about it a couple of times more on different websites. I also thought its premise was so clever, something I’d really enjoy reading and thinking about.

The book is about Malorie and her unique journey to the unknown in a post-apocalyptic setting. She is a young mother that seems to be hiding in a house with her kids. Now here’s the twist: they aren’t supposed to open their eyes outside. There is something there that causes death, although they do not what exactly. This is why they need to wear blindfolds when getting water from the nearby lake.

Eventually, times come when Malorie finally finds the courage to leave the said hiding place with the kids. Blindfolded, they try to walk and sail on a small boat, hoping to find a safe place.

Overall, I had a great time reading the book. It was a real page-turner, with its gripping and clever narrative. I loved how developed the characters were, and how their motives were used to create additional layers of conflict that made the novel even more suspenseful.

I already saw the movie adaptation and while I had fun watching it, I can say that the novel was still a lot scarier and more exciting.

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