* CONTAINS SPOILERS
I read Bird Box in two days because I was completely caught up in the story. The book appealed to me because it was about a mother with children in a life-threatening dystopian world.
Invisible creatures are causing people around the world to lose their minds and kill themselves or other people. When normal society starts sliding rapidly downhill, Malorie barely pays attention because she’s just discovered that she’s single and pregnant. Fast forward several years and Malorie is alone with two young children. She anxiously decides to leave the safety of their house and take the children to what she hopes will be a better life. They will have to go by boat on the river and they will have to be completely blindfolded for fear of the creatures. From here, the story switches between Malorie’s memories of living with six other survivors while she is pregnant and her river trip of terror with the children.
I really enjoyed this book. Bird Box had me biting my nails and on the edge of my seat for the entire story because I felt like I was living the experience through the characters. The story is thick with tension, and the fear and confusion of the survivors. I thought Josh Malerman did a great job creating Malorie. She is two extremely different women mentally and emotionally in the book depending on the time period and I often forgot they were the same character.
I have nothing really bad to say about Bird Box. Some of scenes with the book’s didn’t quite work for me, but otherwise I have no complains.
Bird Box is not only a chilling story, I thought it was very well thought out and written by Josh Malerman. Even his acknowledgement page is entertaining! I felt the choices the survivors faced was realistic for people under pressure and living in fear. I was very pleased that the story has a hopeful ending. Part of me thinks I like these kind of stories because I can live vicariously through a worst-case scenario and come through to the end grateful for the safety and peace we enjoy in reality.