Bird Box | Josh Malerman

“In a world where you can’t open your eyes, isn’t a blindfold all you could ever hope for?”
Genre: Horror.
Number of Pages: 262.
Perspective: Third.
Location: Michigan.
Something horrifying is out there. If you see it, you’ll go mad. To stay safe, keep your eyes shut. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This was the perfect spooky horror story for October. This is the first book that has ever raised my heart rate like a scary movie does. I found myself reading faster in the intense scenes. It reminded me of the movie The Quiet Place, but it is sight, rather than sound.
From a writer’s perspective, creating a story told without the use of vision is pretty brave. Malerman did an amazing job describing the other senses. I think most writers rely on character’s sight too much. It was a bold creative choice that could have easily flopped.
The only reason why I didn’t give this story five stars is because I thought the character development lacked. There was only one character other than the main character that I could really distinguish from the others. None of them had an identifiable personality or voice. But I think the plot more than made up for that. 
This is the perfect Halloween book and I highly recommend it! It was a quick read—I finished it in a few days. And it kept me up way past my bedtime. I can’t wait until the Netflix adaptation is released in December! I think it’ll be even harder for them to create a movie with few visuals. I’m curious to see how they make it work! If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“It’s better to face madness with a plan than to sit still and let it take you in pieces.”
4/5 Stars

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