Malorie (Bird Box, #2)
In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life. The film adaptation of Malerman’s first novel, Bird Box, was watched by over forty-five million Netflix accounts in the first week, the best first seven days ever for a film on the platform. Countless more came to know the story through social media. The image of Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, blindfolded—as she’s led through a terrifying near-future apocalypse by the trained ears of her children—has become synonymous with a new generation of horror. Now from the mind of a true master of suspense comes the next chapter in the riveting tale. This time, Malorie is front and center, and she will confront the dangers of her world head-on.

Malorie (Bird Box, #2) Details

TitleMalorie (Bird Box, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 19th, 2020
PublisherDel Rey
Rating
GenreHorror, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Thriller

Malorie (Bird Box, #2) Review

  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    well, look at this!wait, no - i mean DON'T look at this. AAAAAAAAHHHHH COVER YOUR DAMN EYES!!!!
  • Charlotte May
    January 1, 1970
    This is...unexpected??
  • Jonathan Janz
    January 1, 1970
    MALORIE: A BIRD BOX NOVEL ReviewThe version I read was a pre-ARC file that Josh received from his editor, but judging from the file, I believe this will be the final version of the novel. And what a novel it is. My objectives with this pseudo-review are twofold: a) I want to avoid any and all spoilers. The last thing I want to do is spoil this experience for any of you. b) I’d like to share my feelings about the book as clearly as I can. So with the above two objectives in mind, I’ve created a MALORIE: A BIRD BOX NOVEL ReviewThe version I read was a pre-ARC file that Josh received from his editor, but judging from the file, I believe this will be the final version of the novel. And what a novel it is. My objectives with this pseudo-review are twofold: a) I want to avoid any and all spoilers. The last thing I want to do is spoil this experience for any of you. b) I’d like to share my feelings about the book as clearly as I can. So with the above two objectives in mind, I’ve created a Q&A featuring questions you might have about the book and the best answers I can provide. Here we go! 1. Why did Josh Malerman write this novel? We’ve all seen and read sequels and prequels of varying quality. Is MALORIE a money grab or an essential story?Let me answer this question with a question: For those of you familiar with BIRD BOX, at the end of that story did you think Malorie’s character was finished evolving? Had she *really* come to terms with this new world? Listen, I really loved the first book, but even though Malorie changed in BIRD BOX, I didn’t feel like her journey was over. There are so many issues she still needs to work out, so many questions that still haven’t been answered. And what about her children? What would it be like growing up in this world? Living by the blindfold? How would a young person feel if constrained by these strictures? These are important questions, and their urgency proves that this is *absolutely* a story that needs to be told.This novel, though riveting, suspenseful, and at times flat-out scary, is all about the characters, and that’s why it succeeds so thoroughly. At the end of JAWS (the film version), Chief Brody’s story was complete. Same for Andy Dufresne and Red in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (novella or movie, take your pick). But the story of Malorie and her kids is not done at the end of BIRD BOX. There’s so much more for them learn, to endure, to battle, and (maybe) to overcome. For all these reasons, I can tell you that, yes, this novel is absolutely essential. Josh doesn’t write for the money or the prestige; he writes because he loves storytelling, and his imagination is as vivid as anyone working today. This world called to him and demanded to be explored, and now having experienced the journey, I’m grateful he heeded the call. 2. Does it live up to the original? This is going to be a controversial statement, but while I consider the original novel a modern classic of suspense, I slightly prefer MALORIE. My reason for feeling this way lies in the heartbreaking resonance of the book’s central relationships. There were sections of this novel that were difficult to read because they rang too true. Rarely do I understand and relate to both sides of a conflict the way I did with Malorie and her son Tom. I won’t say more than that because I don’t want to spoil anything, but if I were Malorie, I’d think exactly the way she thinks, and if I were Tom, I’d undergo the same feelings he experiences. These opposing scripts comprise one of the novel’s most powerful elements. And for me, relationships like these elevate MALORIE just a small notch above BIRD BOX. 3. Is it scary?Good gravy, is it ever. There are scenes here that had me curling my toes in dread. Josh knows how to ambush the reader, and he knows how to subvert a reader’s expectations. So many times I thought I knew what was coming, only to have my expectations confounded by an unforeseen development that was twice as compelling as what I’d assumed would happen. This is a rare and marvelous gift. So…yes. It’s scary. Damned scary. 4. Is it emotional?This is why I love the book so much. Frights only take a story so far. There’s gotta be heart. And MALORIE has emotion by the trainload. I genuinely rooted for most of the characters, and I detested a couple of them too. Yet at no time did the story feel manipulative. This novel choked me up, made heart hammer, and caused me to pump my fists in joy. That’s a wondrous combination. 5. Any final thoughts? I love the structure of MALORIE. To talk too much about it would be to ruin it, so I’ll simply say this: Everything in this novel has a purpose. Seemingly minor events take on gargantuan meaning in unexpected ways. A line of dialogue or a fleeting moment that seems self-contained ends up connecting to another development in a way that makes you smile, cringe, or utter a breathless laugh of admiration. I loved MALORIE. Now that I’ve read the novel, I can’t imagine it *not* existing. It’s as essential as a second book can be. I have to imagine that Josh felt some pressure to make this book special, but it sure doesn’t read that way. It reads like a gloriously natural continuation of BIRD BOX written by a blazingly-talented author in total command of his craft.
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  • Konstantin
    January 1, 1970
    So Atwood and Malerman are both preparing unlikely sequels and both are scheduled to be published this fall?Uhm, yes please.
  • Samantha Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I am so conflicted on this... Bird Box works so well as a standalone, I don't know where the story could continue from where it ended. I am so conflicted on this... Bird Box works so well as a standalone, I don't know where the story could continue from where it ended. 😬
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    This better explain why Malorie is the way that she is
  • Jannelies
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow.
  • Liviu Szoke
    January 1, 1970
    Let's say almost close to perfection or almost as good as „Bird Box”, which was stunning. So, a 4.5 stars from me.I could say I was expecting the final, although is still surprised me a lot. And in a good way.I wasn't expecting the huge surprize that comes near the end, this I can recognise it.So, the atmosphere is still there, also the chill and the suspense. The children are teens now, the creatures are creepier than ever, the love, the cries, the worries, the folds, the journey, another Let's say almost close to perfection or almost as good as „Bird Box”, which was stunning. So, a 4.5 stars from me.I could say I was expecting the final, although is still surprised me a lot. And in a good way.I wasn't expecting the huge surprize that comes near the end, this I can recognise it.So, the atmosphere is still there, also the chill and the suspense. The children are teens now, the creatures are creepier than ever, the love, the cries, the worries, the folds, the journey, another journey, the people, everything it's still the same. Plus the ending. Have I told you about that? It almost made me cry.I can't wait to translate it. :)So, no more spoilers. Wait and see, „Malorie” won't disappoint you.
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  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    Boooo now it's a 2020 release!! :( But available to preorder from Audible! *done*
  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    January 1, 1970
    A SEQUEL??????????????
  • Court Garris
    January 1, 1970
    Why does the synopsis drone on and on about the success of the Netflix film...... sometimes it seems as if authors simply write a sequel because all of a sudden a bunch of people watch a movie or show. Birdbox was an awesome book, I loved it, and now I am afraid this will ruin it. Malerman is a great writer so hopefully this will make the story richer. Fingers crossed.
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  • Phúc Duy
    January 1, 1970
    Tác giả tạo được không khí căng thẳng trong suốt cả mạch truyện, những câu văn ngắn, đứt quãng càng khiến cho suy nghĩ nhân vật hiện rõ, điên cuồng, làm mình như cảm thấy được cảm giác ngột ngạt sợ hãi, nhiều đoạn đọc mà thấy như cổ họng nghẹn lại. Nhưng điểm trừ là việc tác giả quá lạm dụng cách viết này, khiến cho mạch văn ko lưu loát, nhưng dù sao tp cũng là một quyển sách đáng đọc, đề cao tình mẫu tử, nỗi sợ vô hình của con người BONUS: Còn 100 trang cuối đọc quá cuốn, một mạch hai tiếng hết Tác giả tạo được không khí căng thẳng trong suốt cả mạch truyện, những câu văn ngắn, đứt quãng càng khiến cho suy nghĩ nhân vật hiện rõ, điên cuồng, làm mình như cảm thấy được cảm giác ngột ngạt sợ hãi, nhiều đoạn đọc mà thấy như cổ họng nghẹn lại. Nhưng điểm trừ là việc tác giả quá lạm dụng cách viết này, khiến cho mạch văn ko lưu loát, nhưng dù sao tp cũng là một quyển sách đáng đọc, đề cao tình mẫu tử, nỗi sợ vô hình của con người BONUS: Còn 100 trang cuối đọc quá cuốn, một mạch hai tiếng hết luôn ( 23h36 ngày 19 tháng 12 năm 2019)
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  • Vernice
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sorry what???I loved Bird Box but hated Black Mad Wheel... and Bird Box ended so perfectly IMO... not sure if this'll spoil that for me but of course I need to read it!
  • Annamaria
    January 1, 1970
    POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement
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