Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, 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 remains, 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's 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. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?
Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.
The Sexy Nerd's Review...
Holy cow! When I saw this movie a few years back, I was in total awe! And along those same lines, I couldn’t help wondering what was I missing? Netflix did an amazing job with the movie, but I had no idea at that time Bird Box was an actual book. Had I known that, I would have never watched the movie first. But it doesn’t matter because the book was a thousand percent better than the movie and it explained a lot to me that didn’t make sense. For instance, I didn’t quite understand how the movie got its name. Naturally I knew what a bird box was, but the movie never really explained that. Not only did it not explain the title, but Netflix changed quite a bit of the story from what the author actually wrote. Again, had I read the book first, the smaller details would have made so much more sense.
Nothing terrifies me more than the unknown. Something that you can see, touch, smell and/or hear, no matter how gross it may be, your brain can process it and make it make sense, but to live blindfolded unable to see what is lurking beside you, is goose pimply scary.
In the old world, Malorie and her sister, Shannon, were young and living carefree. It was at this time Malorie had an inkling that she might be pregnant, and she was. What was even more strange were the reports coming from all the news outlets advising America of people going insane in other parts of the world. Of course, Malorie and Shannon just figured that was something that happened in other countries, but they were safe in America, right? (Hmm, sort of reminds me when I first heard about Covid-19 and thought, as long as it is someplace else, we’re fine in America, right? – who knew?)
Malorie calls her parents back home to check on them which she had no idea would be her last time speaking with them. Each passing day her neighborhood was empty and silent. Malorie was so engrossed watching CNN and she heard a noise upstairs. Not quite sure what it was, she called after her sister. She received no answer. She called to her again. Still no answer. Malorie’s heartbeat began to race along with her footsteps running up the stairs only to discover her sister’s dead body in a bathtub of blood. She had taken her own life. But why?
This seemed to be happening everywhere Malorie looked. That thing that happens to others in other countries was suddenly right here in her backyard in America. What was a girl to do? Run! She gathered up her things and tried to find other living humans. Luckily for her, she found a house with other people living together and that, readers is where our story truly unfolds. OMG! This book was so damn good I could have read it in a day if I had had the time. I could not stop reading. My heart was racing just as much as Malorie’s. Even though I saw the movie, I can honestly say the book was completely the opposite of what Netflix put together. In fact, I encourage you to read the book because it will not spoil anything for you. The book made so much more sense to me. Why Netflix didn’t stick with what the author wrote is beyond me, but Hollywood never does that? So aggravating.
This was one of the best horror books to read for my October Spooktacular read! The Sexy Nerd gives Bird Box five additional birds to sound the alarm! If you’re like me and saw the movie and think ‘eh, I’ve seen it no need to read the book,’ I urge you to read the book. There’s so much to learn that you did not know before. Trust and believe. I was quite shocked at how different the stories are. The book is always better!
Until next time, Nerds, you know what to do!
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