Waiting on Wednesday: Rabbit & Robot

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

This week I'm anticipating:

Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith
Science Fiction, 448 pages
September 25, 2018 from Simon & Schuster
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 have to wonder if they’ll be stranded alone in space forever.


I don't even know where to start with this one.

Firstly, I'm an unapologetic Andrew Smith fangirl. He has such a unique, authentic, weird voice. Sometimes too weird. But the weirdness ultimately speaks to a deeper truth, it's a way of giving form to the inner workings of the mind.

He also makes me laugh. I recently read his short story, "Julian Breaks Every Rule" in the anthology Because You Love to Hate Me (which was my second favorite of the collection) and it reminded me of how (darkly) funny he can be. It doesn't hurt that he nails the voice of a teenage boy, sometimes it even makes me uncomfortable to be in his characters' minds.

Smith's upcoming Rabbit & Robot is meant to speak to two things that I find relevant: The limitations that are placed on young people:
Smith said this bizarre tale was inspired by bizarre reality. “I’ve been a teacher for over 25 years, and I’ve seen this happening to kids in public schools,” he says. “They’re given these pathways to their future, and they’re getting narrower and narrower. Kids aren’t being made aware that there are a lot more options for their lives than the school system is making them aware of.”
and the barrage social media we are faced with today:
The horde of cannibalistic robots is inspired by real life, too. “A couple of years ago I found myself feeling like I was trapped in a spaceship with a bunch of screaming, crazy robots that were eating each other. But it wasn’t a spaceship at all. It was just social media,” Smith says. 
Click here to read the Entertainment Weekly article that features an interview with Andrew Smith and an excerpt of Rabbit & Robot.

What are you anticipating this week?


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