In a warren of rabbits, Fiver sees that it is no longer safe to stay in their current home. He tells his brother Hazel who knows by now to trust Fiver's instincts. They gather up as many rabbits as they can and wind up with an interesting group because the strongest won't listen to Fiver. The group sets out on their journey, encountering elil (animals that want to hunt them), people, other rabbits, farms, and finally Watership Down. They start to make their home there and then need to start worrying about how to sustain their home without does to mother new bunnies.
When you think of a book about rabbits, you may think children's book. This is definitely not a book for young ones. Though it's an incredibly endearing story of survival, there are some pretty violent and scary parts of the book for young readers.
The characters in this book are what makes it. In the new warren, all the rabbits balance each other out. I really liked seeing some of the less physical rabbits taking charge and other rabbits relying on them for their smarts. The more physical rabbits know how to pull their weight and don't have any problems talking through problems and coming to consensus. Imagine if the business world worked like this book. All businesses would be making billions!
There were times where I thought this book was a bit slow. Rabbits are story-tellers and some of the stories they told, though they parallel what is happening in the book, I felt to slow the pace of the book down a bit too much.
This is a lovely book. Everyone should read it at some point.
First Line: "The primroses were over."