Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Malorie by Josh Malerman

Today feels like such a long time coming, so a Huge, Huge Happy Book Birthday to Josh Malerman on the release day of Malorie, the sequel to Bird Box!

In the two years since their arrival at the Jane Tucker School for the Blind, Malorie knows that she's let her guard down. But when their safe haven is infiltrated, she immediately sets off to find another place to call home. 

Ten years later, she and her children have been safely ensconced, alone, at a defunct summer camp when a visitor arrives. He says he's from the census, gathering info on the survivors for his records. Malorie wants no part of it. She still isn't sure who she can trust and she isn't willing to take a chance. But the kids, in secret, ask the man to leave a copy of his records behind. 

What they discover changes everything for Malorie. It forces her to decide whether to continue as is or venture out into the world, risking everything she's worked so hard for. 

I've come to the conclusion that there are two kinds of readers: those who absolutely would read The Stand during a pandemic and those who most definitely would not. And I fall into the first category. In part due to stubbornness! I've been waiting anxiously for the release of Malorie for so long that I was not going to let this situation ruin it for me. And thankfully, it didn't!

It's impossible for me to read Malorie without reading it as a mother. And let me just say, given everything, I couldn't cut it in Malorie's world! At least, I'm pretty sure I couldn't.

Malorie will do anything and everything to keep her kids safe. That's the gist of Bird Box as well as its sequel. But her kids are teenagers and starting to view the world through their own eyes. And it's a world they've been largely sheltered from.

Malorie's son, Tom, is curious and bucks against his mother's rules as often as possible. And it's this she fears the most. With every year, she loses a little more control and venturing out into the world exacerbates that.

Olympia on the other hand is the mediator. She follows the rules and tries to keep the peace between her brother and Malorie. But even she can only do so much!

Malorie fights the decision to leave the safety of their home but the information left by the census man is too big for her to ignore. The promise of something she dares not even hope for is enough for her to decide to try. But the risk is so enormous!

Malorie is every bit as tense and torturous to read as Bird Box. It's terrifying on the one hand, but so incredibly good on the other!

Order it from your favorite indie via Bookshop.org!

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