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Rabbit & Robot

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  193 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Shaun Hutchinson
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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.

"Tigers are dicks."
"... I knew we'd never see each other again, and never is a very long time to someone who isn't a machine and can't just squander ten thousand years here or there."

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
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
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

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

Cheepa yeep!

Stay tuned for a full review coming soon!
Monica Edinger
A wild ride!
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 Grasshopper Jungle felt weird in an
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Andrew Smith's realistic fiction books are among some of my favorites...Winger and Stand-Off, 100 Sideways Miles, Stick. I haven't read much of his science-fiction--other than Grasshopper Jungle, 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.

Rabbit & Robot is definitely out-there and not for everyone...but i
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been three years or thereabouts since The Alex Crow and it feels longer because I am not patient when it comes to books. So, as soon as I knew ARCs were available for this one, I let the begging commence. Okay, i sent one e-mail to my sales rep, but it was really, really pathetically beg-y.

Was it worth the wait? Very much yes.

It's...ridiculous, but please don't imagine that I mean that as a dig. It is, after all, a book about cannibalistic robots and talking giraffes and blue aliens and sex
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is ridiculously hilarious on so many levels. The premise, Cager and Billy get on the spaceship the Tennessee as 30+ concurrent wars are occurring involving the United States. Along with the caretaker Rowan, they believe they are the only humans on the ship until Cager's extra-sensitive nose detects other humans-females!

The ship is manned by Cogs, humanoid machines that each have one dominating emotion (extreme elation, outrage, horniness, depression, etc). Cager's personal attendant is
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and disgusting and one of my favorite books of all time.

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First of all, a friend won this as a Goodreads Giveaway. I'm providing an honest review of it.

Secondly, that's some pretty BA cover art.

Third, I'm going to say that this book is just Andrew Smith. It's wacky, it's full of teenagers being teenagers, has a talking giraffe, and even has some deep ideas about what makes humans human. :)

Check out a more in-depth review here:
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Insane, exhilarating, and moving, Smith's latest jar upon a hill maintains the standard set by his previous titles and is a must read for anyone looking for a truly unique take on what makes us human and whether it matters.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a weird book. That's not a bad thing, in this case. Throughout all of the random weirdness it never loses sight of the story the author is trying to tell, or the themes being expressed. Also, I like weird. Especially the kind of weird that makes you laugh in shock and mutter 'wtf is happening???' while reading. This book is not just a good read--this book is an experience.

First, another bit of recap because the summary really doesn't go into much. Rabbit & Robot takes place in
Jun 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
I like Andrew's crazy so count me in.
And that's a badass cover.
Polaris Hall
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this before. A casual writing style, semi-unreliable narrator, and ambiguous ending don't normally seem to mesh well, but Smith did a great job. I really felt compelled by the central question of what exactly it means to be human.
Laurie Thurston
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Andrew Smith is pretty much one of my favorite people and I appreciate when he goes "out there". And, this was, um, OUT THERE. But, 'Whatever', as Cager would say. I stuck with it and enjoyed the ride. Super glad I heard him speak when he came to Portland and talked about the writing of this; it added a deeper layer to the experience.
It's been a bit since I read an Andrew Smith novel, and after picking up this ARC at work (luckily a second one came; someone else took the first one before I could), I'm pretty glad I took another chance on his latest.

The story here is more cohesive than The Alex Crow and the Marbury Lens duology, and it feels more meta-humorous than Grasshopper Jungle. That same meta-humor might get the book in trouble with certain online types because Smith has stated that a lot of the cannibalistic chaos of
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
There needs to be an Andrew Smith shelf because he is inimitable.
James Wilcox
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
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Mr. Blevins
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I lived this book! It easily made it to my top ten list. Smith’s writing is wild, creative, and fun. I haven’t laughed out loud at a book like that in a long time. Cater and Billy are exceptionally written and there are so many strange moments that are head-scratching wtf is going on, that I was constantly entertained.

Also robot zombies in space that are easily triggered into fits of swearing and over the top threats of violence? Yes, please.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
Apr 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2018arc
Edelweiss granted me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
And honest is what I shall offer you.

Count em up, 19 “fucks” in the first 2 Chapters. Are you trying to be Andy Weir? Because if you are, you are coming off as FUCKING ANNOYING. Use profanity when it is necessary. Not because you want to sound ironic, cynical, and relatable. Ew. Absolute failure.

I never read Winger because it didn’t interest me in the slightest. Now I will officially avoid any work of Mr. Smith’s. “Forever and ever

4.5 stars. There is always so much happening in Smith's books that I never really know where to begin. Cager is kidnapped by his best friend Billy and caretaker Rowan to his father's spaceship in an attempt to get him clean off of a drug called Woz. Just in time, too, as Earth has destroyed itself with its thirtieth world war. The Tennessee is full of robots of both humanoid and animal protoypes, & there's only a human count of five in the solar system. This absurdly uproarious space adventu

Caleb James
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such an amazing book. I can't even begin to explain how Andrew Smith has done is yet again. Read it. Seriously.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cager is taken aboard a nearly unmanned spaceship by his best friend to help rehabilitate him from his drug addiction. I love how Cager approaches problems with his rich boy naïveté while also being open minded. Insane cogs (robots) run the ship and make the humans uncomfortable with their lack of tact. This one isn’t for everyone with its strong language and crude humor. However, the world building is unique, with Smith’s signature humor and heart.

**Read via NetGalley
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-mt-bookpile
Having read previous Andrew Smith books, I knew that sometimes it takes a while to get into the world (eg, Grasshopper Jungle) but this? Trying to fgure out when and where things were, who Rabbit and Robot and Billy were, why there were so many wars on Earth and what Woz was took far too long for me and at 25%, I just gave up.

eARC provided by publisher.
Kate Schreffler
Incredibly strange as only Andrew Smith can be. I'll be thinking about it for a long time, and I'm sure I'll have more of an opinion on it once I figure out exactly what I just read.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
***Received from a Goodreads Giveaway***

And, Billy, if you’re out there, text me.

A silly story with not much meat on it. I could see this being turned into a regular show for Adult Swim on The Cartoon Network with all the erections, farting robots, drug use/abuse, and the suspension of belief in a spaceship not having some type of way to communicate with each other aboard ship, no spacesuits, and with all people of earth being either coders or bonks (besides Cager’s family and Billy’s family) wh
Pam Schwenn
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a hard book to rate because it's sooooo far out there...Kurt Vonnegut on acid times 10. There is a ton of social commentary that is still revealing itself to me and it will probably take me a long time to wrap my head around it all. But even though there is SO much crazy shit going on in this book, you can't help caring about the humans (and the cogs), and the haunting lines of Wallace Stevens' "Anecdote of the Jar" will stick with me for a long time...
"It took dominion everywhere.
The j
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Andrew Smith is the author of Winger , The Marbury Lens , Passenger , Ghost Medicine , Stick , and In the Path of Falling Objects . Grasshopper Jungle is coming from Dutton/Penguin on February 11, 2014.
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