March Book Club Selection: 'Bird Box' by Josh Malerman

LitReactor Book Club

Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For March, we will be reading and discussing Bird Box by Josh Malerman.

Synopsis:

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 motley 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.

Author: Josh Malerman is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The High Strung. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan.


Discussion for Bird  Box will kick off on March 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP!  (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!)  That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.

If you read our February Book Club selection, Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon by Cameron Pierce, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.

Happy reading!

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Image of Bird Box: A Novel
Author: Josh Malerman
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Publisher: Ecco (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 272 pages
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Richard's picture
Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies February 3, 2015 - 7:43pm

oh i'm SO IN for this. one of the best books of 2014.

Dino Parenti's picture
Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On February 3, 2015 - 7:49pm

Great book! Can't wait for this.

 

SConley's picture
SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies February 4, 2015 - 4:39am

Awesome, I'm reading this right now. I'll try and finish by March.

Richard's picture
Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies February 6, 2015 - 7:23pm

you could finish it by this weekend, it's that good. i couldn't put it down. read it in one day, one sitting, really.

Keith's picture
Keith from Phoenix, AZ is reading Growing Up Dead in Texas by Stephen Graham Jones February 9, 2015 - 5:59am

I'll agree with Richard, it's a fast paced read.