In an alternate universe a “Spontaneous Anthropomorphic Event” occurrs in the United Kingdom that transforms rabbits and other animals into human-sized, talking, walking, reading and thinking creatures. Peter Knox is a single father who works for the Rabbit Compliance Taskforce where he searches for rabbits engaged in illegal activities. When old college friend Constance Rabbit moves into the cozy town of Much Hemlock with her family, Peter’s world is quickly turned upside down. Rabbits everywhere suddenly find themselves pariahs who are not only mocked and surveilled, but banned from reading certain books and even prevented from attending the university. The ruling political party, known as the UK Anti-Rabbit Party, offers to alleviate their plight with “a humane solution” by rehoming rabbits to a MegaWarren located in Wales. Peter and his daughter, Pippa, soon find themselves questioning everything they believed about their friends, their country and their species. The hare-raising climax is both dramatic and unpredictable, yet indelibly perfect.
Jasper Fforde offers a witty yet poignant political satire which comments upon systemic injustice, racism, discrimination and bias in this darkly humorous and thought provoking novel.