Book Review: Bird Box

Hello, everyone! If this is not your first time reading my blog, welcome back, and if it is, thank you for joining me! This is a follow up entry to a bit of a movie review that I wrote just last night that you can find here.

So, I made mention in my other post that before I knew that Bird Box had initially been a book written by Josh Malerman I watched the film adaptation of the story shortly after it was put out on Netflix. I thought the story was so compelling that I kind of wanted to put in the time and effort to get to know the characters better as well as better understand the type of world that they found themselves to be inhabiting. So, I made the promise of navigating to my Kindle app and purchasing the eBook, and I followed through. I was so taken in by this story I literally finished reading it in a matter of around 24 hours.

SPOILER ALERT!! IF YOU DON’T WANT A STORY YOU HAVE NOT READ RUINED FOR YOU, TURN BACK NOW!!

I mean it, guys. I am about to rip this thing open. If you have not read the book or watched the movie, follow the links and get it done! BOOK | MOVIE

Now, the movie was absolutely fantastic if you are into the whole post apocalyptic, horror, psychological thriller kind of thing. Honestly, I myself am not too intrigued by this prospect. That being said, as soon as all of my friends were discussing this film I knew I needed to watch it so that I could at the very least understand what was happening on my newsfeed on Facebook.

I wrote a short synopsis of the story in my first post about the film. To save time for those who haven’t read it or would rather not navigate to the page, here it is:

“Bird Box is a horror/psychological thriller in which main character Malorie finds herself thrust into an apocalyptic scenario that, quite frankly, I find to be absolutely terrifying. The story centers around an unseen force that is wiping people off the face of the earth (not literally) via means of suicide. Yeah, you read that right. Anyone who lays their eyes on whatever these creatures are is driven mad, or into sadness, and begin to take their own lives. Pretty quickly all characters learn that the only way to survive is to simply not look at the creatures. Problem is, they seem to be everywhere. Unless they are safely inside the abandoned house they inhabit where their windows are covered they must wear a blindfold at all times. Fast forward five years and pretty much everyone in their group is gone apart from Malorie and two children. The area they are staying in is no longer safe (no, I won’t tell you why because no one likes spoilers) and the time has come for them to move on. Malorie had previously gained knowledge of a possible sanctuary where they might be safe but the issue was getting there safely. Long story short, viewers find themselves observing Malorie and the children riding in a row boat down a river for days, blind folded. To top this off they are being stalked by various dangers.”

Now that we have that out of the way…let’s get to the real treasure here: THE BOOK. Usually when I come across movies that were created in the image of a book I find that the book is often better than its film adaptation. Bird Box was no different in this respect for me. That is absolutely not saying that I didn’t love the film, because I most certainly did. I just felt that the book told readers far more about the world and the troubles faced within than the movie was able to.

There are several key differences within the story. For instance: in the movie, one of the survivors that Malorie found herself living with for a short time (Tom) was pictured to have been with her five years into the apocalypse scenario as her lover and protector. This was not the case in the book. No, Malorie was stumbling around blind in the world raising two babies by herself and training them to listen to the world around them on her own for four years. That’s a pretty badass leading lady if you ask me.

This chick was by herself, lonely, hurt, and barely surviving all the while taking care of two infants and facing down the dangers in the world around her. She was forced to bury all of her friends behind the house she was in alone and blindfolded. She was able to make the house safe again for herself and the children despite the fact that, unlike in the movie, Gary (our human villain responsible for the death of all of Malorie’s housemates) did not die. She sets up her own alarm systems, paints the car windows and forages for supplies by herself. ON TOP OF THAT, Rick at the safe haven she was traveling to contacted her literally the day she gave birth to the Boy. She managed to find this place again after four years of waiting for the courage to make such a trip.

Now, I don’t want to sit here and continue to give away precious gems that can be found in reading the book, but I am going to urge you all to make sure that you take the time to read it. The movie captured the essence beautifully but as always there is more to know! For instance: What really happened to the group? Are those who can see the creatures mentally unstable? There was a dog *gasp* etc.

The only question that was not answered for me was what in the world do the so called creatures look like? It’s just as well, I suppose. The characters couldn’t see them without going mad. Use your imaginations! Run wild!

Overall Rating: ★★★★

That’s all for now, folks. Signing off to bring in the New Year. Be safe out there and have a wonderful holiday!

Thanks for reading.

Note: If the links for the movie or book does not work, a quick internet search on GOOGLE should take you right to them!

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