I’m back! It’s been an absolutely crazy six months, but I really, really missed blogging. So I’m back and going to do my best to keep putting out reviews for you guys to read. And I’m going to start with a book I read at the beginning of this year. Enjoy!
So, full disclosure, I’ve been on quite the post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction kick as of late. Not sure why, but the genre has really hooked me. The genre has also caused me to stay up nights thinking “what if?” and “could this happen??” and “holy crap is the end coming?!”
LOL. Anyways, Bird Box was the book that first got me into this genre. It’s a very interesting concept. Earth has been taken over by some sort of creature. And whenever a person looks at one of these…things…they go crazy and end up committing suicide. So now nobody ever goes outside without blindfolding themselves. The main character, Marjorie, lives in seclusion with her two young children. She has trained them, from birth, to use their other senses so that they can function extremely well in a world without sight. She eventually realizes that it’s not tenable to continue living in the old house they stay in, so the three of them have to venture outside to try to get to a safer place.
One of the things I like most about post-apocalyptic or dystopian fiction, is getting to learn about how people live. In this new world that they’re living in, how have the daily functions of live changed? By this I mean finding food, shelter, water, etc. I just find it fascinating to learn about how people persevere through, what may appear to be the most mundane of tasks, but in reality are the actions that make the most difference.
In Bird Box, the story alternates between present day and flashbacks. I loved this because you slowly learn the events that led Marjorie to be living alone with her kids. You slowly start to see the adaptations Marjorie had to make to make life in her new reality possible. You can see the progression of events that turned Marjorie from a fun-loving woman into a hard and no-nonsense mother. This alternating format also allowed for the suspense to really build. There are two very climactic points in the narrative, and I found myself racing through the book to find out what happened.
Overall, I really liked Bird Box. There were definitely moments where I wanted more…more explanation, more back-story, etc. But, I think Malerman did a great job crafting a suspenseful story that really draws the reader in. If you’re into that delicious shiver of anticipation you get from a proper thriller, give this a book a try!
Next Up: My recap of BookCon 2015! I’ll be posting about all of the fun panels I attended, and ALL of the goodies I picked up. Check back soon!