Bird Box Review

Sometimes, there are things in the world that our minds cannot handle. Things that we simply cannot comprehend. The mere thought can drive us to madness. Suicide. Mayhem.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman is all about adapting to a changing world. Surviving an apocalyptic event means changing all the rules of how to survive ominous times.

Malorie and the other inhabitants of a “safe house” must blindly find a new way to live when a strange phenomenon sends the whole world behind locked doors and covered windows. Based on early news reports, people are going insane from the mere sight of something unknown. The best line of defense seems to be to simply not look, but for how long?

Using other senses and teamwork, the fateful companions develop processes to meet their daily needs and also keep fear at bay. Nevertheless, they are very aware that they cannot survive this way forever. The characters give us the contrast of prospectives between the eternal optimists (Tom) and the pragmatic realists (Don). The hopeful and the intellectual. Ingenuity and idleness.

Deeper than studying how strangers interact to form social rules in order to maintain some symbols of the old world order, two characters are also faced with birthing children months after being thrust into this new life of visual isolation. Can you be a good parent if you knowingly bring a child into a world of darkness? How do you raise children to be blind to evil, but still nurture their authentic sense of discovery? Can you teach them to fill in what they can’t see? Can you trust that they will never rebel and look at forbidden things?

Fuzz Take Aways

I wanted to read something that would kick off my spooky reading month. I asked the librarian for a suggestion and Bird Box was one of her top picks. She told me that she found that it was either a hit or a miss. I am glad that I have be it a read!

I found the book to be a real page turner! The chapters are fairly short, but cover each thought or dilemma in a concise way. The transition between the past and present was smooth and well connected. It did read to some degree like young adult fiction, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I think the story is entertaining and thought provoking enough to reach both a young adult and adult audience.

I liked that the main character, Malorie, draws off of her experiences with Tom and Don to navigate the emotionally and physically dangerous waters towards a safer existence. That struggle between our faith that things will workout and our reasoning of all the ways things can go wrong is represented in the supporting characters.

Malorie’s dilemma was also a gentle reminder that we have to let go of certain perceptions, because their usefulness has simply expired. Previous circumstances required her to believe that what she could not see could not hurt her. Staying blind to facts can present its own dangers. The whole time, I wondered if she would be able to take the blinders off to see a new future for her and the children? It was worth finding out!

Rating

4 Star – I really enjoyed the book. I pulled an all-nighter, but there were a few small things that kept it from being outstanding. A very good read!

Genre: Mystery

Format: Hardcopy

Recommendation: Get this book!


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The Girl Before…

“Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.”

I decided to start my summer reading with an audiobook. Whether I’m reading or being read to, it counts! My eyes have been tired and my hands needed to get busy finishing a king-size crochet blanket. My ears were primed for listening and my imagination longed to create visualizations.

Using my Overdrive app, I selected my county library system and filtered for it to “try something different” for title suggestions. I was not disappointed!

The Girl Before, by JP Delaney, exceeded my expectations! This psychological thriller chronicles the intriguing relationships between One Fulgate Street and those fortunate enough to live there. Designed by an architectural genius, the technologically advanced features of the house not only monitor the health, habits, and mood of it’s occupants, but it could very well be controlling them in ways they’d never know. Its minimal furnishings, hidden cabinets, and banisterless stone stairs add to the mysterious tone.

Undergoing a rigorous application process is only the beginning. “Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.” Minimalism is required. Those who make it to the next round must interview with the architect, Edward Monkford, personally. A contract with 200 conditions; a list of “don’ts” to be more accurate. Who can live in a place with so many rules?

Emma Williams and Jane Cavendish both find comfort and serenity in a home that intuitively customized to put your mind at ease. Albeit, the women lived there at different times, the pulse of death and deceit binds their experiences together. Could there be a connection between personal tragedy and the willingness to start over with a literal clean slate? Only Monkford knows why he chose them; nevertheless, each is confronted with her own shortcomings in a house designed to purge imperfections. Each lady gives us the benefit of her point of view of One Fulgate Street and the man who is just as controlling as the house he designed. Jane leads us to discover who killed the girl before in this fortress of safety and intrigue.

Fuzz Take Aways:

I love perspectives, so this thriller allowed me to view each character from multiple angles. The very human struggle to control our impulses by subduing our environment is starkly illustrated when we begin to conform to social constructs like image and brand.

I listened to the Peguin Random House Audio version. The narration of Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, and Lisa Asgaard Knudsen provided the right enunciations, inflections, and clarity for me to develop a full mental image of each character. Their tones were distinctive and engrossing.

Genre: Thriller

Format: Audiobook

Recommendation: Great read! Easy listening. Excellent narration.


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Flower killers say yes

So the Fuzz B-Worms ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ› are searching for some good new reads. We just started our FB group reading club in January! We are happy to be building our little community around something we love!

For our February reading, we selected “The Boat People” by Sharon Bala. I look forward to reviewing it after our group discussion next month! Stay tuned!

So right now, we have two books in the running for our next pick! Two totally different genres, but the great thing about this group is that not everyone has to read the same thing! Three books can be in rotation as long as it has eager readers!

So here they go in no particular order:

Killers of Flowers and Moon” by David Grann. This is a true crime historical novel that delves deep into events that depict how greed and racist ideologies led to theft and murder. A story after my own heart (I’m a criminologist that studies genocide. Go figure).

and “Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in The Sun and Be Your Own Person” by Shonda Rhimes. Ms. Rhimes shares her thoughts and advice on how to own your moments in life by saying Yes to opportunities and destiny. This is pumped up to be an “ah ha” moment book and I could stand to say “ah ha” aka yes!

I’m tempted to read them both! I think these are great options for audio books. Hmm…I may have to just say yes!

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I love reading as much as I love writing. I am not able to do it as often as a prefer, so I have to set some limitations to books that I review. Please read the terms thoroughly and send requests to contact information at the bottom of this page.

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Preferred genres:

I prefer fiction. I enjoy crime/true crime, mystery, drama, and international books that deal with the triumphant human spirit from non-western perspectives. I like Octavia Butler style sci-fi, but wormholes are cool too. Apocalyptic alternate universes take me some place special. Will also read:

  • Psychology thrillers
  • Self-help/Empowerment
  • Religious/Spirituality
  • Romance

Final note:

I will consider my readers when selecting or agreeing to books to review. I personally do not like romance and will only agree to read a book if it is going to create a buzz with women/men ages 30-50 (grown people). I am a devout Christian, but my readers are a mix of Christians, Muslims, Agnostics, and Atheist and I love them all. Nevertheless, I will happily review Bible-based and Spirituality themed fiction. I would like to share with my readers books that examine the role of faith in personal development and enrichment.

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