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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Conspiracies abound in this surreal and yet all-too-real technothriller 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 unre
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Del Rey Books
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Jenn I think being familiar with the podcast would be helpful, but it is not required. This is a standalone story based in the Rabbits podcast universe.
Hyacinthus Yes it is, but it's also an entirely new stand-alone story.…moreYes it is, but it's also an entirely new stand-alone story.(less)

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May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
There is a podcast called Rabbits that preceded the writing of this book. I haven't listened to the podcast (yet) but I bet it would have made this story even more assessible to me. I've loved RPGs over the years although I'm not all that familiar with the early games. Still, I understood most of what was going on in this book although I'd probably fail at describing it very well. I won't even try to describe much of this story because it would give things away. And anyway, no one is supposed to ...more
"Rabbits" is a book for those who couldn't get enough of the tv series Lost, the tv series Stranger Things, or Ursula Le Guin's Lathe Of Heaven. Forget it's a debut novel cause it's spectacular. It takes the world of computer gaming combines it with drifting between multiverses and throws in cults, conspiracies, blackouts, deadly fog, and coincidences that may just be more than coincidences. Is it just a game or is it about saving the world before it's too late?

One of the great things here is th
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
2.5 stars. Rabbits is a real-world, highly secretive game, with a massive prize at stake. It's been going since about 1959 (maybe much longer? no one is quite sure) and there have been ten iterations of it so far. The ability to observe and follow up on patterns in everything around you is critical, as is a knowledge of 70's and 80's tech and videogames. (Sounding a little familiar?)

Rabbits has always been an edgy and dangerous game, but now as the 11th game is starting, people are disappearing
May 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
No pattern hidden in the wet gray-brown cobblestones, no clues in the number of rungs that made up each of the fire escape ladders, no hidden messages in the graffiti spray-painted on the brick walls and dumpsters that lined the alley.
“That’s what’s happening to the multiverse? It’s becoming one giant, super-unstable, decoherent wave?”
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for sending me an ARC of Rabbits in exchange for an honest review. Rabbits is being marketed for fans of B
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-shelf, sci-fi
If I didn't already have a spirit animal, I'd probably insist that my spirit animal is NOW, ABSOLUTELY, a rabbit. But not those squeezable fluffy creatures. Oh, no. I mean the kind of rabbit that Neo sees in a tattoo in the Matrix, or the one Alice chases, or the kind of toothy monster that fits into that comfortable zone between a Lovecraft story and the monster from Monty Python's Holy Grail.

So, wait, what the hell does this have to do with the novel?

I'm trying to tell you!

This is my spirit a
Nicholas Eames
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm biased, because a good friend of mine wrote this book, but I loved it. Haruki Murkami meets Ready Player One! ...more
Dannii Elle
A game has been played in secret for decades. Those who compete do so under pseudonyms and without any real understanding of the stakes or what is awarded to the winner. Some rumour that your wildest dreams will be granted and others that it is a form of CIA recruitment. The game has no name but amongst its disciples it has been awarded the name of Rabbits. Follow the clues and explore the Wonderland it leads you to.

Inception meets Ready Player One in this mind-bending and uniquely-constructed r
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Rabbits by Terry Miles is a science fiction fantasy that is supposed to be thrilling, but more on that later. In this one there is an underground game that has been running for years but things are taking a turn for the worst.

K has been a long time fan of the Rabbits game and wants nothing but to get into it himself. The game is on it’s 10th running when one night K runs into Scarpio who is rumored to have won a previous version himself. Scarpio tells K that he needs to look into issues with Rab
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, scifi
I really liked the Rabbits podcast, so I was excited to receive an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. I was not disappointed--this book was an insane thrill ride, and I mean insane in the best way possible. If you like the podcast, you'll definitely like the book. If you're not familiar with the podcast but you're fascinated by the Mandela effect, mysterious games, weird coincidences, or the possibility of alternate realities, you'll probably like this book. Be prepared to, at times, ...more
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a gifted advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via blackcrow PR and the publishers.

Rabbits is a secret game (your not supposed to talk about it) that if spoken about can lead to injury, death or result I you disappearing never to be seen again!
The main character we meet is K. She is a gamer who notices patterns in things and great at following coincidences. She has a group of gaming friends who begun to help her figure out the game and access it.
Bam cooks the books ;-)
'The Door is Open.' For gamers, this is the invitation to start the mysterious game Rabbits--an obscure underground alternate reality game. You have to follow coincidences and find a pattern. It is rumored that thousands of people have died while playing the game over the years, maybe as far back as 1959 or even earlier. Who knows? And now version eleven seems to be starting...and it may be the end of the world as we know it.

Set in Seattle, Washington (where else??), the main character who goes
Lou Jacobs
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A surrealistic and trippy novel filled with references to popular culture, artificial intelligence, assorted weirdness , and the possible existence of a multiverses and alternative time streams. As you can see .... a plethora of themes resulting in one quirky read. Our main protagonist is simply known as "K" , who is obsessed with the game of Rabbits... it started the night his friend Annie Connors died in a head-on auto collision in a vehicle occupied by her sister, Emily and himself. He has pr ...more
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is based in a world created by the author in his podcast of the same name. If you are familiar with it then you will likely enjoy this book. If not, you may still enjoy it, possibly to the point of subscribing to the podcast. Or not. Because it’s kinda weird.

“Rabbits” is an amalgam of stream of consciousness, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and thriller. You have to be paying attention all the time or you’ll miss a crucial detail. There are many references to pop culture, both past and prese
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio2021
In this technothriller we meet K, a geeky gamer who lost his parents in his teens and lives alone. K sees patterns and connections that have caused him to have manic episodes, and gives presentations (for a fee) about a game called Rabbits. The game began in 1959, but some believe it began sooner than that. There have been ten known iterations and nine winners declared. Players follow clues, unlock hidden messages all hoping to win glory and an unimaginable prize. Some say they unlock the secret ...more
Jesse Ruth (I need all the book boyfriends please)
What do you know about the game?

First, Big thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing for an advanced copy of this Marvelous book, Rabbits by Terry Miles.

This story centers around a thirty-something adult named K. K does stand for an actual name but the reader unfortunately will not learn this bit of information although I have a few guesses. He has serious anxiety causing him to dissociate for periods of time, however, he also has an incredible knack for finding patterns in an amazing w
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
Is it possible to loath a book just as much as you adore it? That was Rabbits for me. Rabbits is a game. But not just any game. It is secret and underground. And sometimes dangerous and life-threatening. You won’t know what you have to do to win and you don’t know what the prize is while you’re playing. Find the signs, follow the clues, win the game, save the world.

Is the book sci-fi? Is it fantasy? Does the MC, K, have a mental disorder? I can’t answer any of these questions. Following K has he
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, netgalley
I wasn’t familiar with the podcast, but I couldn’t resist reading the Rabbits book as soon as I read the synopsis. As a bit of a conspiracy nut, I can’t help but love a compulsive read like this one. This story was like Stranger Things, Ready Player One, The Adjustment Bureau, and Conspiracy Theory (Mel Gibson) intertwined. It certainly held my interest and I couldn’t wait to see how this underground alternate reality-style game would play out.

There were a lot of variables at play here and the
May 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you pan macmillan for the proof copy of this whirlwind of a book.
Phew, that certainly was a race to the finish from the first page to the last - a very addictive and entertaining race.

Rabbits is basically the story of a young man who finds himself trapped in the titular real-life game which is orchestrated by some kind of ominous intelligence, trying to find an error which causes it to malfunction. But because this mysterious underground game has a very crucial function in the universe bey
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
We're somewhere between 3-4 stars right now, not sure how I feel about yet. Fascinating concept, execution and pacing was a bit inconsistent for me. Full review to come soon! ...more
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
Imagine Lovecraft living into the 21st century, and writing Cosmic Horror from a Quantum Theory viewpoint. Combine that with Multiverse Theory, Dimensional Shifts, and what I term Probability Shifts....and you're about to enter the World of RABBITS. No, this is not a treatise on Biology. This is all the Conspiracy Theories that ever lived run through Schrodinger's experiment and filtered with Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror. Read RABBITS, and never see the Universe the same way, ever again. ...more
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t resist this description of an alternate reality game – and it turned out to be a mindbender of a book.

I wasn’t familiar with the Rabbits podcast created by this author, but after checking it out it seems to be pretty popular. The website states it’s a documentary/docudrama, and the show’s producers won’t admit it isn’t real. That little niggle at the back of my brain wondering if this could really happen made this story even more appealing for me. The game of Rabbits is kind of like F
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, netgalley
This book swings wildly from way to much detail to not nearly enough. But it was fun, something I haven't found in a book in quite awhile.
The main character/narrator reminds me of main character/narrator from The Contortionist's Handbook. Don't know if that's good or bad, but I loved the pacing and jumping around topics from both books.
From the beginning, the narrator is weirdly unreliable, in the way that drug users are... they may or may not believe what they're telling you, and that belief ma
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Wow, this one was real head trip, and I mean that in the best way possible. Rabbits is the kind of story that worms its way into your mind, and you find yourself mulling over it even days after you finish. Sometimes I still go back and forth between a 3 or a 4 star rating, depending on my mood, but as I’m sitting here typing out my review, I’m feeling right in the middle. This was a good book! But I won’t lie, it was als
Geonn Cannon
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I feel like this is what Ready Player One would've been if it was written by, you know, a real author who knew how to write. Fun twisty conspiracy theory world, but I'm not entirely sure the ending holds up. I'm also listing this on the 2021 Sapphic Challenge even though I don't think the book ever officially reveals K's gender. The biggest clues are when someone asks if the narrator's name is "K-A-Y or just the letter," and the fact the audiobook is narrated by a woman. That's enough for me to ...more
Amanda Lyons
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rabbits is a mind-bender of a book about a game that's far riskier than anything you've ever played and holds the potential of a better payoff than any other game you can imagine. Full of twists and turns, humor, genuine wit, and sentiment it's also a very nice way to spend your time trying to figure out how much of the game will turn out one way or another. I genuinely enjoyed this one and I'm sure that I'll be thinking back to it for a long while after. ...more
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The title of the song playing on the radio is a combination of the name of the restaurant you're walking past followed by the name of the street you're walking on. Or maybe you receive two wrong number calls four minutes and forty-four seconds apart. And maybe those two numbers are identical except for the area code, or maybe the numbers are completely different but the two unrelated callers have the exact same name.

Is it just a coincidence? Or is it Rabbits?
We start the book when the eleventh i
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what to expect with this novel which is why I requested it! I'm not a gamer, nor do I listen to podcasts (just a dyed-in-the-wool reader after teaching high school English for 40 years). So it took me awhile to get used to not "getting" what was happening right away. Frustrating at first, I had to persevere but it's gotten such rave reviews, I knew I had to keep going. It really is a fascinating look at the future of gaming and the sometimes-risks associated with not understanding ...more
Crystal King
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a wild, confusing book that I think I would have enjoyed more if I had been a listener of the podcast beforehand. It's a book about a game that no one can speak of and that makes the very nature of the story twisty and interesting. It's set in Seattle, where I once lived, so I connected to all those aspects. Loved the pop culture aspect of it too...not nearly as heavy-handed as Ready Player One, which I appreciated. The book rockets the reader through this secretive, decades old game in ...more
I am not sure what to think of this book. Usually I really like weird books but it seemed like nothing was really fully explained at the end. An over the top ending that left me with more mystery and questions about what just happened was not a satisfactory ending in this case. Overall, it was an interesting concept and for the most part an entertaining read. A game that looks for patterns or coincidences or changes to perceived memories. A kind of treasure hunt mixed with the Mandela Effect. Th ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, this gets a whole star for just mentioning The Night b of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum.

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