Bird Box: A Novel (Paperback)

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 In most horror novels the monster is well defined or at least visible but Josh Malerman’s new novel “Bird Box” it’s the monster’s lack of definition that makes it all the more terrifying.  Malorie is a young girl who has moved down from the U.P. to live with her sister in the suburbs of Detroit and has just discovered she is pregnant.  While she struggles with decision to keep the child or not the world as she knows it start to unravel before her eyes.  First it’s report in other counties of people suddenly going mad and committing unspeakable acts, then the reports are coming from Alsaka and Canada, even the U.P.  Malorie and everyone around her come to realize the world has changed, something has arrived and anyone who sees it is driven mad by the sight of it.  The only answer is to no longer see the outside world and hunting for food or finding water must all be down blindfolded.  For Malorie and her child to survive they will come to trust all of their sense other than sight and must have faith in no one.  Malerman’s writing creeps under your skin with it’s addictive pace and prose.  Bird Box is truly in a league of it’s own and has rightfully earned Malerman comparisons to horror greats like King, Kuntz, and Richard Matheson

— Matt

Imagine something so terrifying, one glimpse and a person is impulsively driven to commit deadly violence, to oneself and others? Suddenly forced into a world of darkness, covered windows and blindfolds, Malorie must survive for the sake of her unborn child. Finding herself amongst a group of survivors, led by the knowledgeable Tom, Malorie soon learns the threat may not only be outside, but, living inside their house. While switching between the past and present, Josh Malerman's debut novel is a thriller from start to finish. Flash forward to five years later, with the hopes of finding survivors, Malorie is desperate to make a twenty-mile journey downriver, blindfolded with the four-year old's, boy and girl. Will their wits and trained ears guide them to salvation or will they encounter the horrific threat that has annihilated most of mankind? Super creepy!

— From Kristin


Now a Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Rosa Salazar!

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 deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

About the Author

Josh Malerman is the acclaimed author of Bird Box, as well as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The High Strung. He lives in Michigan.

Praise For…

“A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one’s fingers. There has never been a horror story quite like this. Josh Malerman truly delivers.”
—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool

“This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes-it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration. Josh Malerman does the job like a fast-talking, wised-up angel.” -Peter Straub
—Peter Straub

“[A] chilling debut… Malerman...keeps us tinglingly on edge with his cool, merciless storytelling [and] douses his tale in poetic gloom….An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock’s The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The author uses understatement and allusion to create a lean, spellbinding thriller that Stephen King fans will relish.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062259660
ISBN-10: 0062259660
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English
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