Bird Box (Paperback)

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Something is driving people to insanity. Perfectly normal individuals catch a glimpse of -- something -- and suddenly kill themselves. No one knows what exactly they need to avoid seeing. So slowly the entire world lowers their eyes, withdraws, secludes themselves. The history of the phenomenon is shared by Melanie, a young woman who realizes the need to find others despite the ever-present threat. - Cressida

A debut work worthy of Stephen King, Hitchcock, and anyone else who puts you on the edge of your seat. Eerie and mysterious, you will read the entire book in one tense sitting. 

— From Staff Picks - Cressida

June 2014 Indie Next List

“Imagine a world invaded and devastated by a monster that, if gazed upon, makes the viewer insane and prone to acts of violence. Insert into this world a young mother living in a shrouded house with two young children whom she has trained from birth to listen, but never to look. Now, she is going to take them blindfolded on a trip 20 miles downriver in a canoe in hopes of a better life. This is the world of Bird Box that will keep you up reading well past your bedtime. Creepy, wonderful, and un-put-downable.”
— Lori Haggbloom, Books Inc., Palo Alto, CA


Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world--a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.

Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse 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 remain, 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 is 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. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey--a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside--and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman's breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062259660
ISBN-10: 0062259660
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English