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Rabbit & Robot

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  689 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Cager has been transported to the Tennessee, a giant lunar-cruise ship orbiting the moon that his dad owns, by Billy and Rowan to help him shake his Woz addiction. Meanwhile, Earth, in the midst of thirty simultaneous wars, burns to ash beneath them. And as the robots on board become increasingly insane and cannibalistic, and the Earth becomes a toxic wasteland, the boys h ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Shaun Hutchinson
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are so many things going on in this book that I I'm going to need some time to think about them before I can write a coherent review. This book is more than inappropriate erections and day-of-the-week underwear and cannibal robots. It is, to me, an indictment of the single-mindedness of our social media culture, a discussion about the future, and a peek into who we are and who we might become. I'm not sure I agree with R&R's worldview, but I absolutely see it's point of view, and think the ...more
MissBecka Gee
This book was absolutely ridiculous.
It was like breeding the space opera genre with Beavis and Butt-Head to make some weird and funny book baby. Somehow that strange mashup worked extremely well.
"Tigers are dicks."
Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for this DRC!
"... I knew we'd never see each other again, and never is a very long time to someone who isn't a machine and can't just squander ten thousand years here or there."

4 very solid stars for Rabbit and Robot, a hilarious and absurd look at what life would be like if you were to find yourself stranded with only a couple of other humans, and dozens of very human-like, yet entirely one-dimensional robots on an ultra-luxurious lunar cruise ship.

It took me a bit to get into this book because the narr
Mel (Epic Reading)
DNF @ 10%
Yes I broke my own rule. I’m dropping a book super, super early. Here’s the thing, three times in a week I’ve picked this up to start from the beginning or a couple chapters in to see if I could get into it. I just can’t seem to absorb any of the first four chapters or keep my attention span on it for longer than four chapters.
Meanwhile I read 2 other books and had one other DNF. So it’s not a book slump... it’s the book.
The writing is the problem... here’s an example:
”Billy Hinman’s
Last weekend we were in New Orleans to celebrate my husband’s dad’s birthday. Coincidentally, ALA was also going on at the same time and I kept thinking maybe I’d run into some of my library people while about town, but I never did.

THANKFULLY, however, my husband did happen to run into Andrew Smith in the airport as we were waiting to fly home, and, being approximately a billion times less socially awkward than I am, he apparently actually managed to say coherent words in Smith’s presence and a
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Have you read Andrew Smith? If so, you don't need an in-depth description from me of his writing style. Weird, disjointed, and disturbing, his YA novels deliberately avoid similarity to anyone else's, and that keeps me coming back for more even though I can't be considered a fan. Rabbit & Robot relays the story of sixteen-year-olds Cager Messer and Billy Hinman. Living on a future Earth dominated by war, Billy tricks Cager into boarding the spaceship Tennessee to get him away from human civiliza ...more
I kept waiting for some deeper meaning to appear underneath the drug haze, gallons of robot mucus, erections, and mood swings, and I was ultimately disappointed. Certainly there are messages here about consumerism and the sort of "us vs. them" closed-minded ignorance that humans seem to specialize in, but it wasn't enough for me. I wanted the ending to reveal its cards with a punch to the gut, but instead I was left confused and muttering..."Well, DUH."

Where Grasshopper Jungle felt weird in an
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was truly one of the weirdest books I've ever read...and I loved it.

Cheepa yeep!

Stay tuned for a full review coming soon!
francis moore
Full review:

Andrew Smith knocks it out of the park with a fantastically weird and strangely philosophical sci-fi masterpiece. Chronically the journey of a Woz-addicted teen when his friend and caretaker interventionally take him on a trip to the Tennesee, a giant space cruise ship yet to open for business. When it seems like the world may have ending as soon as they left, and the robots onboard start to eat each other, previously mentioned main character
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dont know how to rate this book , it was weird , it was out there; there were robots , there were aliens maybe got destroyed. The robots become cannibalistic, new friendships form and old friendships are rekindled. This book is an ode to relationships with friends and to what it means to be human....especially when you are one of the last one of your species...
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, humor, ya, not-graphic
While I would love to review this book in a vacuum, honesty doesn't allow it. My entire experience reading it was colored by my previous experience with Smith's books, which I love. This, however, felt a bit too familiar, a retread of those other favorites, imitating their content and style without doing it as well. Good, yes, but not as good. And getting a bit tired. Those reading him for the first time, though, are likely to find Rabbit & Robot outrageous, amusing, and entertaining. I hope you ...more
Monica Edinger
A wild ride!
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“So here we were, sitting down with god, basically, at the final New Year’s Eve for all eternity, in a restaurant called Le Lapin et l’Homme Mécanique, on a ship called the Tennessee that was orbiting the moon.

Who knew?”

Absolute absurdity.
Cheepa yeep!
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is ridiculously hilarious on so many levels. The premise, Cager and Billy get on the spaceship the Tennessee as 30+ concurrent wars are occurring involving the United States. Along with the caretaker Rowan, they believe they are the only humans on the ship until Cager's extra-sensitive nose detects other humans-females!

The ship is manned by Cogs, humanoid machines that each have one dominating emotion (extreme elation, outrage, horniness, depression, etc). Cager's personal attendant is
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a weird book. That's not a bad thing, in this case. Throughout all of the random weirdness it never loses sight of the story the author is trying to tell, or the themes being expressed. Also, I like weird. Especially the kind of weird that makes you laugh in shock and mutter 'wtf is happening???' while reading. This book is not just a good read--this book is an experience.

First, another bit of recap because the summary really doesn't go into much. Rabbit & Robot takes place in the
Rachel Louise Atkin
Smith’s latest work is, for me, one of his weaker novels. Although it contained many of the Andrew Smithian themes and elements that I love in his other work, there was a lot about this novel I felt didn't work and therefore didn't enjoy.

Rabbit & Robot follows two friends named Cager and Billy whose parents have invented two of the most groundbreaking pieces of technology in their lifetimes - the cogs, and the lunar cruise ships. The cogs are robot servants who, despite now being on v.4 of their
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Andrew Smith's realistic fiction books are among some of my favorites...Winger and Stand-Off, 100 Sideways Miles, Stick. I haven't read much of his science-fiction--other than Grasshopper Jungle, which was raunchy and hilarious and brilliant...reminiscent of Vonnegut, but with more horny teenagers--but I know it's usually out-there and not for everyone.

Rabbit & Robot is definitely out-there and not for everyone...but it's
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been three years or thereabouts since The Alex Crow and it feels longer because I am not patient when it comes to books. So, as soon as I knew ARCs were available for this one, I let the begging commence. Okay, i sent one e-mail to my sales rep, but it was really, really pathetically beg-y.

Was it worth the wait? Very much yes.

It's...ridiculous, but please don't imagine that I mean that as a dig. It is, after all, a book about cannibalistic robots and talking giraffes and blue aliens and sex
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
i was at the library checking out a book for a book club when i saw rabbit & robot’s funky cover right next to it, and i thought it might be a good read, so i checked it out, too. like, whatever—maybe i’ll breeze through it in a day or two. it ended up taking me about a month to read, my opinion careening wildly between “this is really good!!!!!!” and “this is terrible and almost overdue should i just return it now???”. so here’s the skinny. concept? DIVINE. execution? so-so. we stan: an intimat ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
the ending made me emotional and i loved all the human characters + rowan but i really deeply hated the cogs and i didn’t appreciate getting queerbaited thank you very much. this book was way too fucking horny and also gross in the way that little boys are gross, like in a “stop talking about poop” way. but i liked it despite all that. it didn’t have any revolutionary takes on the human condition or whatever but it was a nice reminder of what it means to be human and stuff like that. trans right ...more
The Bookish Austin
First of all, a friend won this as a Goodreads Giveaway. I'm providing an honest review of it.

Secondly, that's some pretty BA cover art.

Third, I'm going to say that this book is just Andrew Smith. It's wacky, it's full of teenagers being teenagers, has a talking giraffe, and even has some deep ideas about what makes humans human. :)

Check out a more in-depth review here:
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having read previous Andrew Smith books, I knew that sometimes it takes a while to get into the world (eg, Grasshopper Jungle) but this? Trying to fgure out when and where things were, who Rabbit and Robot and Billy were, why there were so many wars on Earth and what Woz was took far too long for me and at 25%, I just gave up.

eARC provided by publisher.
Laurie Thurston
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Andrew Smith is pretty much one of my favorite people and I appreciate when he goes "out there". And, this was, um, OUT THERE. But, 'Whatever', as Cager would say. I stuck with it and enjoyed the ride. Super glad I heard him speak when he came to Portland and talked about the writing of this; it added a deeper layer to the experience. ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Insane, exhilarating, and moving, Smith's latest jar upon a hill maintains the standard set by his previous titles and is a must read for anyone looking for a truly unique take on what makes us human and whether it matters. ...more
Jun 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
I like Andrew's crazy so count me in.
And that's a badass cover.
Polaris Hall
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this before. A casual writing style, semi-unreliable narrator, and ambiguous ending don't normally seem to mesh well, but Smith did a great job. I really felt compelled by the central question of what exactly it means to be human. ...more
Emily S
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so God damn weird and so incredible
It's been a bit since I read an Andrew Smith novel, and after picking up this ARC at work (luckily a second one came; someone else took the first one before I could), I'm pretty glad I took another chance on his latest.

The story here is more cohesive than The Alex Crow and the Marbury Lens duology, and it feels more meta-humorous than Grasshopper Jungle. That same meta-humor might get the book in trouble with certain online types because Smith has stated that a lot of the cannibalistic chaos of
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
There needs to be an Andrew Smith shelf because he is inimitable.
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Andrew Smith is the author of Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, The Alex Crow, 100 Sideways Miles, and Rabbit & Robot, among others. Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole, the long-awaited sequel to Grasshopper Jungle, is coming from Simon & Schuster on September 24, 2019.

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