• Reviewed by Jaelynn Cocker

    Rabbits Find Their Home

                The book Watership Down is written by Richard Adams, published in 1972 by the Macmillan Publishing Company Inc.  The genre of this book is an adventure novel. The setting in the book takes place over the time period of several months during spring and summer. Another setting concept of the book is that the group of rabbits are traveling over pastures and several fields.  In the beginning of Watership Down, there is a small group of rabbits that decided to leave their original warren because Fiver, a rabbit who feels when bad things are going to happen, says that their warren needs to move, but the chief rabbit doesn’t approve. The group of rabbits leave and go on a long journey to the watership down and make a new warren. They then invade and take does from a warren that is close to their own causing a small war between the two groups.

                The most memorable character in this book is Fiver. Fiver is able to tell when some dangerous thing is going to come upon him or the other rabbits. Fiver is able to convince a group of rabbits to leave their home even when they aren’t 100 percent sure that what Fiver is feeling is going to happen. Fiver keeps the whole group safe throughout the book.

                The major conflict in Watership Down is finding a safe place to settle down in both life and the world. Throughout the book the group of rabbits are looking for the right place to stay and be safe. They end up coming to watership down and creating their own warren.

                The theme in Watership Down is finding a home. Throughout the whole book the rabbits are either finding a home or protecting it. They run from their first home with fear that they won't make it. They have trouble with keeping their new warren safe from warrens that are their enemies. “Hazel looked about him. ‘Anyone who wants to go can go,’ he said. ‘I shan’t. We made this warren ourselves and Frith only knows what we’ve been through on account of it. I’m not leaving now.’” (413) The finding of a safe home is a necessity known world-wide and everyone knows how important it is to have a home.

                I would rate this book a four out of five because while it was good, it was also a little slow in the beginning of each part in the book. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy fiction and adventure. If you enjoyed this book you might also enjoy Shardik and The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams. Thank you for reading this book review. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.