The Many Selves of Katherine North
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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.
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
BUT I READ HALF IN ONE GO.
AND THEN FINISHED IT OFF HOURS LATER BECAUSE I COULDN'T SLEEP.
AND NOW IT'S EARLY MORNING AND I WANT TO YELL ABOUT THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 ...more
The concept of the novel is ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Emma Green has a background in psychology and philosophy, and this ...more
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 ...more