7 April 2014

Bird Box: Review and Giveaway

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.

When HarperCollins offered me the chance to review this new novel by debut author Josh Malerman I jumped at the chance.  HarperCollins always mean's quality to me and with this publication, I wasn't wrong.

I'm going to start out by saying that honestly, I've never really read much horror or thriller fiction, the closest I've got is probably dystopian.  With this in mind I was a little unsure about how I would feel about this genre. but I have to say I surprise myself.

Bird Box tells the story of a young women called Malorie, her two children, and their survival in a world gone mad.  There has been some kind of 'outbreak' (outbreak might not the way of describing it, but it's the best I can think of) and people have started killing each other, and then themselves, seemingly at random.  The only thing known about this 'condition' is that people see something before they seemingly go crazy, the problem is, no one has any idea what the something is.  The only way for people to survive is to shut themselves in and block any contact with the outside world, covering all windows, and never leaving the house unless you are wearing a blindfold.  It is the only solution in a world where you can't look outside for fear it will happen to you.  The books switches back and forth between two time periods, at the start of the 'outbreak' when Malorie first learns she is pregnant and is forced to move to a 'safe house' at the start of the problems, and several years later when she is the parent of 2 children living alone, still unable to leave the home.

First thing I have to mention is the tension this book creates, it's an edge of the seat ride the whole way through.  It doesn't need the typical build up you get in most books because the tension starts almost immediately and stays throughout.  He also manages to create this without being overly descriptive, which leaves a lot of it up to your own imagination, much like they used to do in old horror movies when you never actually say the monster.  This meant I had lots of different ever changing theories as to what was happening.  I dreaded putting the book down as I really wanted to read the next chapter to find what happens next, who to trust and what will get resolved.  This really is a book that makes you ask questions the whole way through and the mystery really adds to the atmosphere.  You really feel for Malarie as she tries to adjust to her new life in less then fantastic conditions, while always trying hard to create a life for herself and her children/ future children.  The switching back and forth keeps you on the edge, information unfolds gradually, leaving you wanting more.

I can't say too much because I really don't want to give much away but pick this book up now!  If I had the chance I could have easily read this in a day, it was a really easy read, it's hard to believe it's the authors first ever novel and I will defiantly looking out for his future titles.  

Now for the really exciting bit, if you believe you will love this book as much as I did then you are in luck, as with thanks to the guys over at HarperCollins I have a copy of this new release to give away!  Simply fill in the information in the box bellow to enter, best of luck!  Please note this is available for UK residents only.



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