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The Many Selves of Katherine North

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  143 reviews
When we first meet Kit, she's a fox.

Nineteen-year-old Kit works for the research department of Shen Corporation as a phenomenaut. She's been jumping--projecting her consciousness, through a neurological interface--into the bodies of lab-grown animals made for the purpose of research for seven years, which is longer than anyone else at ShenCorp, and longer than any of the
Paperback, 353 pages
Published July 2nd 2016 by Bloomsbury Circus (UK & ANZ) (first published June 7th 2016)
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Heidi The Reader
In The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen, humanity has harnessed the power of consciousness and mechanized the ability to place that consciousness in different bodies at will.

Katherine is a teenager who works for a large research company. Shes the longest lasting phenomenaut (person whos consciousness is put into the body of an animal) because she seems to be special.

The process of consciousness transfer seems to stop working when the brain ages and loses its plasticity. Despite her
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As soon as I saw the blurb for this novel, I was in. Using advanced technology, certain people can jump their consciousness into lab created animals (Ressy/Ressies), to monitor and learn from their behaviour. Even before reading the brilliantly imaginative illustrations of human-as-animal created by Geen, this was appealing. Who wouldnt want to know how it feels to howl with wolves under the moonlight, or steal chips out of unsuspecting human hands like the sneaky seagulls of the English ...more
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(Nearly 3.5) In her work for the shadowy ShenCorp, Kit projects herself into the lab-grown bodies of all kinds of creatures especially foxes but also everything from spiders to seals to better understand animal behavior. An inventive but somewhat disorienting debut novel. Like a lot of speculative fiction, it combines believable technology with far-fetched scenarios. Theres a lot of made-up jargon that can initially be a challenge to plow through, but once you get the hang of it you can ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, netgalley
I loved the premise of this very original debut novel. Set at a time slightly in the future where climate change is threatening endangered populations of animals, humans have developed the ability to transfer their consciousness into 3D synthetic living breathing animals. This allows them to live as that animal for short periods and mix with wild populations to study their habitat and ability to find food. Teenagers are generally recruited for this research as their brains are most plastic and ...more
Lisa Lemons

Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for the ARC!

The Many Selves of Katherine North caught my eye because of the beautiful cover. I have an affinity for foxes, sci-fi, and female leads. The cover alone ticked all of those boxes for me and the synopsis pulled me in the rest of the way.

What does the fox say?

Katherine North, aka Kit, is a phenomenaut. In this universe, what that means is that she can project her consciousness to other animals. Basically, her human body is hooked up to a machine that takes care

Lauren Hinkle
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I'll post my review closer to the release date, but this was such an engaging story. It's always such a pleasure to pick up a debut novel and enjoy it because you know there are many good stories yet to come from the author. Would recommend.
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Ever since I finished this book, I have, honestly, had dreams at least every other night about being an animal of one sort or another. And I feel like I keep seeing foxes everywhere! Stuffed animal foxes, cute pictures of
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, fantasy
Though there were some things I liked about this book, I can't justify giving it more than one star. The title is very clever, and so is the premise: it follows Kit, who can enter the consciousness of different animals and live as an animal. The author clearly spent a lot of time thinking about being different animals, and often she does a good job of creating the sensory world of snakes, foxes, octopuses, or birds. Another aspect that I liked is that Kit has spent so much time being an animal ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes a body is all the language you need."

This sounded different from my usual reads, in fact from a lot of reads on the shelves. Teenager 'Kit' is a Phenomenaut , able to jump into the consciousness of lab animals, with the guidance and help of her partner to keep her anchored to her human side. Trouble starts when she begins work for the tourism dept. , where anyone can also jump into wild animals. What is gorgeous about this story is her time being animals, creatures. Emma Green did a
Rob Forteath
Very early, this book clearly establishes its genre with:
- an innocent young person doing fascinating, ground-breaking work for The Corporation;
- flash-forward to her on the run from The Corporation, due to some Horrible Discovery that the police won't believe, etc.

Chapters alternate between the two eras for most of the book, with the bits and pieces gradually filled in. There are light mysteries thrown in -- Can she trust The Boy?; Who is the bizarre feral character? -- these add a bit of
Karen Barber
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Katherine North spends her life jumping into the bodies/minds of animals, and the company she works for are considering ways to develop their technologies.
Such scientific advances will, naturally, explore ethical considerations and this is quite a leap into the unknown.
There is just enough of reality to keep the reader engaged and able to see the plausibility of the set-up, but it is quite a leap of faith to accept the reactions of key characters.
There's a lot of vocabulary linked to the
Apr 10, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: e-arc, 2016-release
DNF at 28%
I've been trying to read this book for probably two months now but I just cannot get into it. I feel so detached from everything in this book - the characters, the story, the writing.
The blurb of this book sounded quite interesting to me but I just don't think that this book is for me.

I won't be rating this book since I haven't finished it and I don't feel like I could give it a true rating.
3.5 stars.

This is one of the strangest books I have ever read. You're thrown headfirst into a futuristic Bristol, where, for the purpose of zoological research Kit and her fellow 'phenomenauts' project their consciousness into the bodies of various animals. At ShenCorp, the company that Kit works for, all the phenomenauts are teenagers, with the idea that the younger you are, the more your brain is able to adapt and cope with the constant psychological transitions. At 19, Kit has been projecting
Mar 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, sci-fi
She's made to have sex with a whale in this book - I think that says it all.
Leah Bayer
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book that I love: slow, literary science fiction with a focus on animals. So many animals! We've got foxes, polar bears, tigers, seals, snakes, eagles, octopi, even spiders (it was hard, but I read the spider chapter. So proud of myself). The premise is that at some time in the future, humanity has discovered technology that allows people to leap consciousnesses and "live" in animals for extended periods of time. Our main character, Kit, is a phenomenaut who works in animal ...more
A YA exploration of self in the context of other bodies and out-of-body. A very interesting premise with compelling relationships and tantalizing sensory information from animal perspectives, but it loses its sophistication in the YA form becomes unconvincing when evil boss and sketchy coworker and sketchy CEO scientist spend way too much time trying to maneuver this girl around in what's an obvious lost battle. Big bosses don't convince, they replace and move on.



Peter Reason
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the imaginative near future context of this novel, the way Emma Geen portrayed the experience of different animals, and the complex plot that unravels through the book
Daniel Weaver
Starts out well but then begins to drag.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book. I got into the story almost straight away in the "but what happens next!" kind of a way, and then in the middle (or maybe a bit later) got annoyed by the foreshadowing that was done in a way that even a 2-year-old got the idea. Several times. "But now I know what he is really like, because I just know, did I say I knew already?!"

But other than that it was a very good book. It made me think about our world in a different way, and, for a book that seems to be mostly about
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, audio
Kit's story is very tightly and neatly woven together, almost to the point of being a little too nice and tidy. The writing is very goal-oriented, and there are moments in this book that could do with a little bit more room to breathe. That goal-orientedness of the story leaves the characters a little flat, although this was less of a problem when listening to the audiobook because Katy Sobey's confident narration adds a lot of personality to the main character.

The concept of the novel is
Allie Riley
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Proper review to follow tomorrow when I have clarified my thoughts. Fascinating novel which raises a lot of important questions. There was much that was disturbing here, too. I felt that the future presented here-in was dystopian in nature, really, even if the author didn't intend that to be the case (and I suspect not). While it would be interesting to project into an animal, to "wear their skin", ultimately I felt that it was wrong and would be, as is speculated here, psychologically damaging. ...more
Mirjam Celie
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
It's an amazing story.
I really recommend it.
Exciting, thrilling.
Very well done.
Jamie Wallace
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished listening to the astonishing debut of author Emma Geen. I wish I could remember who first told me about the novel, The Many Selves of Katherine North, because I would like to send that person a thank you note.

The reviews on this book use words like exhilarating, horrifying, compelling, and riveting to describe the story of a girl named Kit who is a phenomenaut someone whose consciousness is projected into the bodies of lab-grown animals for research purposes. Readers quoted
Girl with her Head in a Book
Review originally published here:

An odd review here. I read the preview on Netgalley and made a request - as an avid Claire North fan, I thought that this sounded similar. The central character is Kit (aka Katherine), who is a seventeen year-old 'phenomenaut' - someone who is employed to project their consciousness into the minds of 'Ressies' (specially constructed animals). It sounded intriguing. Receiving the book, I was pleased and although it took me
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Katherine (Kit) has been projecting her consciousness into endangered animals in an effort to understand them for longer than any others in her job 7 years in fact. After the death of her host Ressie while she is inhabiting it, Kit starts to get a bit paranoid about what her company might be doing behind the scenes. Can she stop them before it
Maggie Gordon
When you pick up The Many Selves of Katherine North it is not, as I expected, a thriller of any sort. The description made me think that Katherine was going to uncover a horrid secret and have to struggle to reveal it to the world. Well, that happens, but not in the way that I expected. Instead, readers are treated to a very creative and intellectual novel that really showcases what writers can do in the science fiction genre.

Emma Green has a background in psychology and philosophy, and this
Belinda Lewis
This is difficult to rate.

It's a truly amazing debut novel; it touches on really large themes - animal sentience, our role in the ecosystem and the role of embodiment in identity. The vignettes of animal experience are just beautiful.

But the pacing is a bit off in the second half of the book and it drags.

And I found myself getting more and more annoyed with the main character for acting like such a child.

(She is indeed an actual child, so this seems unreasonable on my part).

But so much of the
Time to review this book.....It took me a couple of weeks to read it but only because I was very busy. The writing reminded me somewhat of Roger Zelazny. I read where he said he received a lot of rejections at first because he gave too much information about the story and characters when he introduced them. In this first novel by Emma Geen, she doesn't make that mistake but slowly brings the reader along introducing things slowly until everything is eventually revealed. Kit or Katherine North is ...more
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Emma Geen is an author and lecturer. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

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