Bird Box - Josh Malerman

Bird Box

By Josh Malerman

  • Release Date: 2014-05-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,938 Ratings


Now a Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar and John Malkovich!

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.


  • Movie was so much better

    By Jessiep813
    To be honest I made it to the half way mark and decided to quit. I saw the movie and heard how different the book was so I decided to read it. I don’t care about the characters, the dialog between them is hollow and so is the storyline. Very disappointed
  • Bird box

    By Fortnites da best
    Amazing Loved it
  • Just like “The Happening” movie, but with blindfolds

    By monkeydogentertainment
    Same as the M. Night Sha’s movie “The Happening”, but with blindfolds. Still a worth while book to read.

    By COOL GURL101
    This an amazing book I totally recommend ages 9-17 just because it is a little scary! Hope this helps!❤️
  • Bird box

    By jcgfl
    Not interesting to me. I did not enjoy all of the struggles and felt uncomfortable with all the blindfolds.
  • Better than the movie

    By Sam's iTouch
    Much better than the movie. A very quick read.
  • all these movies ive seen are books?!

    By Mean aka
    this is a book too? omg i just founf out the netflix series ’You’ was a book. I NEED TO START READING MORE
  • Keeps your attention but ending is incomplete.

    By FALALALA1225
    I chose to read the book first so I can understand the Netflix movie better. The book is engaging and the characters draw you into the story. However, the switches between timelines can be confusing and throw off the pace of the story. In addition, the book’s ending lacked a satisfactory conclusion which is the main reason for the three-star rating.
  • The best movie ever

    By bird boxx
    I really enjoyed this is my favorite movie now
  • Just ok

    By The Jenk
    I wanted to read the book after watching the movie on Netflix so I want to head and purchased it. I was hoping for a little expansion of the universe, more on the mythos of the creatures and further development of the characters but the book was pretty straightforward and it left me wanting more. There were too many missed opportunities throughout the book for the author to bring you further into the world he crafted but he never did. Overall it was a fine book but I wished there was more detail to it.