What happens in the game, stays in the game . . .
Rabbits is a secret, dangerous and sometimes fatal underground game. The rewards for winning are unclear, but there are rumours of money, CIA recruitment or even immortality. Or it might unlock the universe’s greatest secrets. But everyone knows that the deeper you get, the more deadly the game becomes – and the body count is rising. Since the game first started, ten iterations have taken place . . . and the eleventh round is about to begin.
K can’t get enough of the game and has been trying to find a way in for years. Then Alan Scarpio, reclusive billionaire and alleged Rabbits winner, shows up out of nowhere. And he charges K with a desperate mission. Something has gone badly wrong with the game and K needs to fix it – before Eleven starts – or the world will pay the price.
Five days later, Scarpio is declared missing.
Two weeks after that Eleven begins, so K blows the deadline.
And suddenly, the fate of the entire universe is at stake.
My thoughts: this is one of those books that boggles the brain a bit, but in a good way. It sort of tips reality over a bit and makes you have to think and try and figure out the puzzles alongside the characters. What is Rabbits? Why are people disappearing or dying? Can K fix it? Lots of questions and at times just not enough answers.
I was reminded of a whole bunch of books, films and even this weird story thread on Reddit, which I can’t remember the name of. Rabbits draws on all sorts of ideas about reality and puzzles, connections and misdirections. As K and various friends, new acquaintances and some very odd people dive deeper into the mysteries and rumours about this strange game, things get more and more peculiar and troubling. A clever, mind bender of a book and one that will be keeping me up at night for a while I think.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.