Book Review: Malorie

MALORIE | Josh Malerman
(Bird Box #2)
07.21.2020 | Del Rey Books
Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Warning: Potential spoilers ahead

MALORIE is the follow-up to BIRD BOX and picks up shortly after where the events of the first book ended. We are instantly reunited with Malorie and her two children as they attempt to navigate their post-apocalyptic world. 

That’s all you get for a synopsis because if you haven’t read BIRD BOX you must stop here and go snag a copy! Seriously, it’s one of my most frequently recommended books to friends and family.

I’ve had my copy of MALORIE since it was published, but I’ve been putting it off because I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to my love for BIRD BOX. I was so pleasantly surprised! Malerman keeps the stylistic qualities of the original to make these two books seamlessly flow together while continuing to evolve the storyline. I was a little weary about the pacing in the beginning, but easily found my footing as I started to re-bond with Malorie and the kids. After the first handful of pages I was all in!


One of my favorite aspects of MALORIE is how Malerman chose to evolve this post-apocalyptic world and those living in it. Malerman gifts the reader with multiple ways in which people have changed and improvised to give themselves a fulfilling life in this new normal. Despite the challenges that face people, we see them choose to rise above them. I can’t imagine myself living in this reality and it was fascinating to see a variety of reactions to living this lifestyle.

MALORIE is the perfect sequel to a much loved book that I never realized I needed! Now that I’ve had a small taste of where Malerman can take this story I have to say, I would love for another!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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