My Rating ~ Four & a half Stars
RELEASE DATE: June 2021
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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.
Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan for providing me with a copy of Rabbits, in exchange for an honest review!
K has been obsessed with a game known as ‘Rabbits’ since an incident when he was a child. With an image ability to recognize patterns and links within seemingly normal situations, he’s a prime candidate to play the game. But although he’s learned as much as possible about the game and its previous players over the years, he has never played himself. After an encounter with one of the believed winners of a previous Rabbits game, K finds himself immersed in the game, and this time, something is wrong. People are going missing and dying. Winning the game might be less important than fixing the game this time.
This book was just so….cool. I LOVE puzzles, baffling coincidences and unexplained mysteries! If you’re the type that gets the ‘ooooh’ feeling when you see the same numbers cropping up throughout your day or is fascinated by collective memory faults (The Berenstein / Berenstain Bears argument, anyone?) you’ll love this book!
This book is based around early video games and RPG’s, which I have limited experience with (actually I probably have more experience with the early ‘type your command’ computer games than modern video games, so I wasn’t as lost as I expected to be 😄), but you don’t need to be a ‘gamer’ to enjoy it. The mystery and puzzles were so much fun and it started making me notice far too many patterns in my real life 😅.
This one definitely takes you down a rabbit hole of twists and impossible happenings. If you enjoy TV shows like Lost, Stranger Things and Ready Player One, make sure you pick up this book!
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