Review: Rabbits by Terry Miles

Conspiracies abound in this surreal and yet all-too-real techno thriller in which a deadly underground alternate reality game might just be altering reality itself, set in the same world as the popular Rabbits podcast.

It’s an average work day. You’ve been wrapped up in a task, and you check the clock when you come up for air–4:44 pm. You go to check your email, and 44 unread messages have built up. With a shock, you realize it is April 4th–4/4. And when you get in your car to drive home, your odometer reads 44,444. Coincidence? Or have you just seen the edge of a rabbit hole?

Rabbits is a mysterious alternate reality game so vast it uses our global reality as its canvas. Since the game first started in 1959, ten iterations have appeared and nine winners have been declared. Their identities are unknown. So is their reward, which is whispered to be NSA or CIA recruitment, vast wealth, immortality, or perhaps even the key to unlocking the secrets of the universe itself. But the deeper you get, the more deadly the game becomes. Players have died in the past–and the body count is rising.

And now the eleventh round is about to begin. Enter K–a Rabbits obsessive who has been trying to find a way into the game for years. That path opens when K is approached by billionaire Alan Scarpio, the alleged winner of the sixth iteration. Scarpio says that something has gone wrong with the game and that K needs to fix it before Eleven starts or the whole world will pay the price.

Five days later, Scarpio is declared missing. Two weeks after that, K blows the deadline and Eleven begins. And suddenly, the fate of the entire universe is at stake.

Rabbits by Terry Miles. Published by Del Rey, June 8, 2021. Kindle edition has 442 pages.

* I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I love this book!

I have no idea how to review it!

Rabbits is a twisty-turny strange roller coaster ride the entire book. The characters, setting, and reality are all unreliable! The science goes a little bit over my head. And I’m not 100% sure what was even happening in the book. It is a very ambiguous book- who is telling the truth, what is real.

The clues, and the solving the clues, are presented in a very unusal format. It’s hard to explain… The reader isn’t really involved in solving the clues. We are presented clues, but then they are solved quickly or we are moved to the next clue right away. It is very hard to describe! Some might not like this, but I felt it worked well for this book.

Rabbits is like a deadly, bizarre, highly addictive scavenger hunt. I loved just following the main character from clue to clue, location to location. I’m still not really sure what rabbits is, or how you win the game. But man was this a fun journey.

The ending left me a little confused. It was left very ambiguous on what was actually true.. if anything was even true at all. I don’t really know what I even just read (hence the “I don’t know how to review this!” part in the beginning)! It left me more mind blown instead of annoyed or angry.

It is also a little confusing that we are never told what gender K is. No description or pronouns (to my knowledge) are ever used. I gets a little bit confusing when trying to picture the story in my head as I read. Whatever the gender is or isn’t, it would be nice to know so it is easier to envision. Whatever the gender is, it would have been nice to have a clue on the pronouns.

Even though Rabbits can be a little confusing… or really confusing at times… it is addictive as hell, and so fun! I had such a crazy good time with this book. Highly recommend to people who enjoy falling down the OCD rabbit holes of conspiracies and puzzles.

As one last comment on the novel, I wanted to point out that there are coded messages hidden in the book. I thought that was so cool! It added to the feeling of the reader actually playing Rabbits along with K. The codes are a little difficult, takes a little bit of time and research, but easy to do!

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2 thoughts on “Review: Rabbits by Terry Miles

  1. Rabbits sounds like a fast-paced, interesting read that doesn’t tax one too much. But I’m in the mood for being taxed! I want to strain those lifting brain muscles and feel the burn. I want … I want … the rewards that come from being right about the heavy lifting.

    — Catxman

    http://www.catxman.wordpress.com

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