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Bird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman
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Bird Box: A Novel (edition 2015)

by Josh Malerman (Author)

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Title:Bird Box: A Novel
Authors:Josh Malerman (Author)
Info:Ecco (2015), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
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Bird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman

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Wow. Da hat mir die liebe Jill von Letterheart ein geniales Buch empfohlen. Ich bin regelrecht durchgerauscht und wollte es kaum aus der Hand legen.

Wir folgen Malorie, die schwanger ist, als die Menschheit dem Wahnsinn verfällt. Sie findet Zuflucht in einem Haus mit anderen Menschen. Zusammen schlagen sie sich mit verbundenen Augen durch die Außenwelt. Nur das Haus ist für sie ein sicherer Ort. Die Fenster sind abgedunkelt. Hier können sie die Augen öffnen. Malories Geschichte wird in Rückblicken erzählt, während die aktuelle Zeitlinie der Handlung vier Jahre später spielt, als Malorie sich mit den beiden Kindern auf den Weg macht, den Fluss hinabzurudern.

Dabei ist nicht nur die Reise auf dem Fluss mit verbundenen Augen spannend, sondern auch die Rückblicke, die erzählen, was passierte und wie es dazu kam, dass Malorie am Ende mit den Kindern allein war.

Die beiden Kinder werden von ihr nur mit Junge und Mädchen angeredet. Namen sind für Malorie in dieser Zeit Luxus, den sie sich nicht erlauben will. Sie trainiert die Kinder vom Säuglingsalter an, wie wichtig es ist, dass die Augen geschlossen bleiben, und trainiert dabei auch den Hörsinn ihrer Kinder. In einer Welt, in der man nicht sehen darf, muss man sich auf seine Ohren verlassen können.

Manche von Malories Schilderungen mögen dem geneigten Leser sehr kalt und gefühllos erscheinen. Aber am Ende sind es diese Dinge, die Malories Überleben sichern und das der Kinder.

Was mich besonders fasziniert hat, war die Paranoia, der Malorie und auch die anderen immer weiter verfallen, wobei sich besonders Malories innere Monologe und ihre Unruhe auf mich übertragen haben. Das ist nicht zwingend schlecht kann aber bei anderen Lesern schon eine nicht unbedingt willkommene Beklommenheit auslösen.

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Für mich ist Bird Box ein absolut gigantisches Buch. Rasant geschrieben mit starken Figuren und einem Setting, das man sich kaum vorstellen mag. Das Ende der Reise, als Malorie ihr Ziel erreicht, hätte ein bisschen befriedigender sein können, aber ich fühlte doch eine gewisse Erleichterung, dass sie es geschafft hat. Klare Leseempfehlung für alle Fans des angenehmen Gruselns. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
As it says on the cover, "Don't Open Your Eyes"! And you damn well better listen!

I really liked the movie, and this book, as per usual, is better! It's much more realistic, and gets in to more survival details and makes the whole story a little more believable. Malorie is awesome, and Boy and Girl are pretty kickin' too! If you like the movie, you'll like this read. And if you haven't seen the movie, read this first! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Mar 16, 2019 |
Love the idea that the story line gave you the creepy feel through audible descriptions so I just don't see (ha ha) how this will go over as a movie. I enjoyed the book but still can't believe that someone can drive blind folded. Yeah, no you can't do that, but it's a book so whatever. I like it. I think the creatures must be angels, really when Olympia says "you're beautiful" when she sees one of the creatures and before she goes nuts, that's all I thought of. Which if you watch Ancient Aliens you would already know that Angles are Space Aliens. No really, it all works. ( )
  greergreer | Mar 1, 2019 |
Bird Box is an apocalyptic novel in which entities from somewhere else, perhaps a higher dimension, make their way into our world. Sight of them causes one to become mad, murderous and suicidal. Survivors lead sheltered lives, barricaded in homes with covered windows, having to keep their eyes covered if they ever venture outside.

The story chronicles the journey of one woman, slightly unhinged from the unnatural life she's been forced to live for the past four years, and her two children as they leave their safe house for a greater sanctuary.

One thing I will say about the book is that it is a page-turner. It's short, and written in sparse paragraphs, and it mostly flies by. However, it is never as terrifying as the book's cover seems to promise, and only two scenes (one of which is on the cover) really struck me. The force causing the madness is accepted early on as some kind of creatures, even though no one really knows anything at that point. Ambiguity would have kept it more interesting, as well as made it more frightening.

The woman's journey does end - I won't say how, of course - but that resolution, too, is a bit unsatisfying. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
The author is a master at tension building, which made this a very hard to put down book.
I read it in two sittings and never got bored with it once. ( )
  Edwina_Callan | Feb 17, 2019 |
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Malerman overreaches a bit in his debut, which could use as much attention to the cast as to the mood, but the mood is chillingly effective.
added by zapzap | editA.V. Club, Tasha Robinson (May 14, 2014)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Josh Malermanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Antón, MiguelTraductorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bortolussi, Stefanosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chong, Suet YeeDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Vries, Eriksecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guillot, SébastienÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
HarperAudioPublishersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kinzel, FredÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Limited, HarperCollins PublishersPublishersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mangold, KatharineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:08 -0400)

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, 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 remains, 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's 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. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?… (more)

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