Rabbit & Robot

Rabbit & Robot

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...

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Author:Andrew Smith
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Rabbit & Robot Reviews

  • Lara

    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

    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 also received the last arc of this book that Smith had brought with him. Then he came back to where I was sitting and said, "you’re gonna be mad, but...as I was coming out of the bathroom I ran into Andrew Smith..." and I was like, "WHAT."

    Anyway, I very much was mad. And jealous. And was like, "but...you’re gonna let me read this first, right???" And then Andrew Smith walked by where we were sitting and came over to say hi since my husband had told him I’d be mad. And he asked my name and said, "nice to meet you," and I almost started to remind him that I’ve met him before and that I’m that weirdo whose friends had him take a photo with a dorky picture of me on their phone that one time (haha, Ramarie and Ashley, you’re still the best!), and then the next year at Texas Teen Book Festival I made him take a picture with me holding up my phone with that photo of him with the picture of me on the screen (he was like, "Um. This is a new one..."), but I stopped myself and just did the regular socially awkward thing instead and basically just blacked out.

    Blah blah blah, I’ve just been basking in the glow of our very fortunate timing (our flight got cancelled like five minutes later) and my husband’s superior talking-to-people abilities and how amazingly nice Andrew Smith is all week. While I read this book first.

    And...and...and...um...okay, so, I’m definitely still processing it. Like in all of Smith’s books, the characters are wonderful—sad and funny and flawed and beautiful—and a lot is being said without ever exactly being spelled out. And it’s weird and wacky and dark and...so very human. And the story behind Billy Hinman! Ha!

    I really do love Shaun David Hutchinson’s statement that it’s “Andrew Smith at his Andrew Smithiest.” If you’re familiar with Grasshopper Jungle and The Marbury Lens and The Alex Crow, you maybe know a little what to expect.

    I’m planning to listen to the audio as soon as that’s available (arghhhhh, months from now!!!), and in the meantime will probably reread this copy again because it’s been too long between Andrew Smith books and the withdrawal has been hard. Very, very hard!

    I guess I’d better let my husband read it before I do that though, since it’s his book and all!

    Sighhhhhh...

  • Shaun Hutchinson

    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

    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 there's some really great and thoughtful insight here, as well as a fun story. It's Andrew Smith at his Andrew Smithiest, and I'm always here for it.

  • MissBecka

    Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for this DRC!

    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.

    P.S.

    "Tigers are dicks."

  • I.

    Amazing and disgusting and one of my favorite books of all time.

    Full Review:

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  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)

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

    Cheepa yeep!

  • Kristen

    's realistic fiction books are among some of my favorites...

    and

    ,

    ,

    . I haven't read much of his science-fiction--other than

    , 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.

    is definitely out-there and not for everyone...but i

    's realistic fiction books are among some of my favorites...

    and

    ,

    ,

    . I haven't read much of his science-fiction--other than

    , 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.

    is definitely out-there and not for everyone...but it's also raunchy and hilarious and brilliant. In a world where machines are as lifelike as humans and the Earth is burning in the midst of multiple wars, two spoiled rich boys and their caretaker end up trapped on a spaceship filled with machines-gone-wild. There's a French giraffe, a horny valet, two girls who may or may not be robots, blue aliens...and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Cager (like all of Smith's narrators) is funny and honest and a little bit broken. He's addicted to drugs, loves his best friend Billy, and desperately wants to be normal. His story--even when surrounded by the craziness of cannibal robots and talking zoo animals--is emotional and engaging and full of heart.

  • Jane

    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 narrat

    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 narrative was a bit confusing and the situations were just so freaking outrageous. That said, at about the 25% mark, I got fully hooked, and I was completely immersed in this ridiculously crazy world.

    Although the surface plot is terribly silly, there are some deeper insights to be found (if you care to draw some parallels) in this examination of a population hooked not only on drugs but also on entitlement and violence. There is also some well-written YA angst just to round things out.

    If you like to have your stories about humanity and morality served up with a heaping dose of potty humour, then this is an excellent choice for you. Stick with it through the first bit -- the pay off is worth it! Strongly recommend for fans of Scott Meyer (especially those who have read beyond the "Off to Be a Wizard" series).

  • Catie

    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

    felt weird in an

    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

    felt weird in an interesting and unique way, this felt repetitive and kind of silly. It's absolutely possible that I missed something here.

    A more meaningful (even fifteen years later) read-alike is

    by M.T. Anderson.

  • Monica Edinger

    A wild ride!

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