Bird Box by Josh Malerman (see on Amazon || see on Goodreads ) is suspenseful AF. As shameful as it is to admit, I had to google the ending and spoil myself before reading on because I couldn’t keep reading as I was too on edge! I have absolutely NO FUCKING clue what exactly the creatures in this book are supposed to be, but I guess that makes sense because the characters never truly learn either. I have my theories though.
This book is super incredible because there’s a huge bulk of scenes without visual descriptions. It’s unnerving as a reader to realize how much you can guess about a story by reading character descriptions of what’s around them, and this book is an exercise in that because you are acutely aware of how much you DON’T KNOW. On top of that, there is a decent swatch of time in which our characters are confined in a pretty small space without many options, and the sense of doom is totally palpable.
Somehow Malerman managed to make constant switches between present and past events actually interesting, and I was always as eager to find out what had happened in the past as I was to find out what was happening in the current time. I also really appreciated the way Malerman wrote the characters in this book. Some of them were batshit crazy and I loved it. ALSO I love the moment in a book when the title makes sense and this book had an excellent moment of this sort.
Literally my only complaint with this book is that there’s no way society would collapse into disorganization as quickly as it did unless there were wayyy more incidents reported at the beginning, but that is one complaint on an otherwise top notch book. This is the first book by Malerman I have ever read. I am definitely going to keep an eye out for him in the future as this read was a delight! I rate this book one really cute cat hiding under the armchair in terror.