Author: Terry Miles
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
Page Count: 432
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
A deadly underground game might just be altering reality itself in this all-new adventure set in the world of the hit 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 p.m. You check your email, and 44 unread messages have built up. With a shock, you realize the date is April 4—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 the entire world as its canvas.
Since the game started in 1959, ten iterations have appeared and nine winners have been declared. The identities of these winners are unknown.
So is their reward, which is whispered to be NSA or CIA recruitment, vast wealth, immortality, or perhaps even the key to the secrets of the universe itself.
But the deeper you get, the more dangerous 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, rumored to be the 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: Eleven begins.
And suddenly, the fate of the entire universe is at stake.
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 Rabbits before the 11th version begins and the fate of the world is in K’s hands.
However, shortly after speaking with Scarpio K finds that the mysterious former player has gone missing. As time ticks my K is at a loss as what he needs to do and before he knows it the 11th game of Rabbits is beginning. K begins to notice clues around him though as he begins to play the game himself.
Ok, some of my favorite books I’ve read have been science fiction gaming fantasies, I mean Ready Player One anyone?? Rabbits for me however was not anything like those books that I’ve devoured in the past as the “game” in this one was just our main character fumbling around here and there looking for clues then it would stall with an alternate reality reset moment. There are times the story seemed like it would get engaging but then it just stalled out again and for me this one took three days to trudge through when I can normally read a book in a couple hours. There are those that love this one but I just wasn’t one of them as it seemed slow and choppy with a not so exciting ending to me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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