Bird Box |review| Josh Malerman

Hey guys!

So. I decided to try something different. I read Bird Box by Josh Malerman! It’s waaay outside of my normal genre, but I decided to give it a shot.

Hope you enjoy my review!

Bird Box (Bird Box, #1)


Likes:

Okay. I don’t really read mystery/thriller/horror books at all. They just don’t usually interest me, ya know? But Norrie loved it and I knew there was a ton of hype over the movie coming out … so I figured that I’d give it a shot…

And whaddya know! I actually really enjoyed it!

The writing style took a little bit to get use to … but other than that, I thought it was fantastic! You never quite know what the Creatures are, which was annoying, but I also actually liked that.

Basically, it read like a tense dystopian.


Characters:

Malorie. Well. Um. I’m not sure. I DEFINITELY liked her better in the book than the movie (ugh, movie malorie sucked). She was teetering between being super meek a tough. I don’t know. I really liked the result of that mix. (that’s not saying that I liked her, tho)

I liked Tom, which you’re really suppose to. He’s assured and inventive, just the kind of guy you want to have with you at the end of the world.

All of the characters didn’t really get any development (not that Malorie and Tom did), but I did like Felix.

Yeah. The characters were, like, not even there. Not a selling point.


Writing/Plot:

It’s written 3rd person, present tense. It took a bit to get into … but when you get into that style of writing, it’s great.

The whole book is written with such beautiful prose. Even though most of the time the characters can’t see anything, we feel like we’re actually there. IT’S JUST SO GOOD. The mystery aspect of it is done really well.

Along with that, the book flips back and forth between when it all started and four years later, or the “present” time. I really liked that, though I usually was longing for the other timeline, whichever one I was reading, lmao. 😆


Dislikes:

The characters were all completely cardboard. LIKE, WHAT. I mean, it wouldn’t take all that much more effort to give them a little more personality.

I also wish that it was a bit more scary? There were a few moments that I was tense, but overall, I would have liked to have been more scared. Not wanting to go outside. Etc.


Other/Summary:

Overall, I really surprised myself and enjoyed this! The written was beautiful and the concept was fantastic.

Hated all of the characters. Well, not the characters, themselves, but rather the lack of development and personality.

And I will say. I watched the movie … and IT EFFING SUCKED. All of the things that I liked about the book were stripped away. they tried to turn it … into a romance? The writers also wanted you to think of Malorie as a super badass emotional person, but it badly flopped. I do not recommend.

But yeah. Give the book a try!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


There ya go! Do you all like dystopians? Thrillers? What kind of books do YOU like? Also. For those of you who read creepy/scary books, which ones should I try? I’m wanting to get into the genre more. 😉

4 thoughts on “Bird Box |review| Josh Malerman

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  1. Wow the film of this was so hyped!! (I didn’t realise there was a book oops) I tried to watch it once with my friends but we just got distracted and barely got through the first 20 minutes. Might try the book though. I don’t know if I’m really into this genre, but if you say it wasn’t really scary then…

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  2. Yay! I’m glad you liked it 🙂
    I always find books less scary than movies. There’s less options to actually get scary…
    I’m guessing the author thought who needs a personality when we all gonna die… 😀 😀

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