In the old world there were many rules. In the new world there is only one: don’t open your eyes.

In the seventeen years since the ‘creatures’ appeared, many people have broken that rule. Many have looked. Many have lost their minds, their lives, their loved ones.

In that time, Malorie has raised her two children – Olympia and Tom – on the run or in hiding. Now nearly teenagers, survival is no longer enough. They want freedom.

When a census-taker stops by their refuge, he is not welcome. But he leaves a list of names – of survivors building a future beyond the darkness – and on that list are two names Malorie knows.

Two names for whom she’ll break every rule, and take her children across the wilderness, in the hope of becoming a family again…


Let me start by saying that I loved Bird Box – both the book and movie.

Thanks to the movie now my old brain has decided that Sandra Bullock IS Malorie – and there’s no arguing with that stubborn old bastard. Fortunately, I’m a longtime Bullock fan, so no issues there. I don’t think I need to explain how this could have backfired.

Now let me proceed with my rather short review of ‘Malorie’.

The minute Malerman posted about it I knew I needed to read it.

I had no idea what to expect, or even if he would pull it off. I simply knew that I would take whatever he came up with and hope for the best.

Boy oh boy…

“Who’s to say what’s real in the dark?”

The writing? Excellent, as expected.
The atmosphere? Check.
The sense of dread? There.

He did it, ladies and gentlemen.

‘Malorie’ is a worthy sequel to a fantastic novel.

If you loved Bird Box, picking this one is a no-brainer.

Huge thanks to Orion and NetGalley for the ARC.