Best book I’ve read in a long time
For fans of the horror genre (and even those who aren’t) I can’t recommend Bird Box by Josh Malerman enough. If you like scare-the-crap-out-of-you-holy-shit-this-is-messed-up-but-in-an-awesome-sort-of-way books, this one’s probably right up your alley.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A deathly presence has taken over the earth, causing all who see it to fly into a suicidal and/or murderous rage. Survivors are forced to barricade themselves indoors with the windows covered, emerging only to scavenge blindfolded for food and water and other survivors. After receiving a mysterious phone call offering sanctuary, a young mother and her two children blindly navigate a river in a rowboat desperately trying to reach safety as the threat closes in around them.
I absolutely loved this book. The premise is brilliant–maybe a little far-fetched, but in Malerman’s skilled hands it creates an utterly terrifying story. One that will have you up all night to see how it ends if you’re not careful.
Book description (from Goodreads):
Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn’t look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.