Book Review: Bird Box

Reviewed by Hunter Tracy

Bird Box, written by Josh Malerman, is a fictional, science fiction novel that takes place in modern-day Detroit, Michigan.

It tells the story of an unordinary post-apocalyptic world inhabited by demons that are causing people to commit suicide upon seeing them. The novel focuses on the story of Malorie Hayes, a young, single, pregnant woman, and her journey in surviving a living hell.

Bird Box begins with a normal day in Detroit—nothing out of the ordinary happening. The main character, Malorie Hayes, is in her studio apartment when she and her sister have a conversation about her upcoming baby. This leads to them going to the hospital for a checkup for her baby, which is where they encounter the first person affected by the demons. As soon as this happens, the chaos begins.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bird Box, and I would recommend it to anyone else who enjoys a well told, adventurous story. The novel is very intense, so I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers.

Hunter Tracy

Hunter Tracy was a senior the Gifted program at Hahnville High. He enjoys buying, selling, and collecting limited edition sneakers. Hunter is also an officer for his high school’s FBLA chapter. In the fall, he will be attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and will be majoring in computer science, along with minoring in business.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.


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