A deadly something has made its way across the planet. No one knows for sure what it is, only that if you see it, it drives you mad and fatally violent. Humankind devolves into small, cloistered communities, locked indoors or else moving about the world blindfolded. Bird Box follows the story of Malorie, a young woman who becomes pregnant as the terror begins, finds a welcoming house in which to seek refuge, and the eventual situation of traveling 20 miles downriver, blindfolded, with two children in tow to the possibility of safety. Told in alternating chapters of past and present, Bird Box slowly reveals the horrifying sequence of events that led Malorie to chance the ultimate risk of taking off her blindfold.
I kept hearing such accolades for this book, but from all the descriptions, it seemed like I just wouldn't be able to handle it. I finally gave in though, and it scared me in every way I thought possible. It is terrifying and strangely delightful to experience the unknown horror that plagues this novel through every sense except sight. What's fantastic about it, too, is that while it is creepy from the outset, it doesn't seem terribly threatening...it builds in such a way that the terror seeps into your reading experience until you're both hooked and afraid to continue. And of course you do. I listened to this mostly on a road trip (through Hoopla), and there were a couple times where I actually missed my exits because I was so wrapped up in the story! If you're ready for a good scare, I highly recommend this title.