Catfishing on CatNet
How much does the internet know about YOU? A thought-provoking near future YA thriller that could not be more timely as it explores issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence, and the power and perils of social networks.
Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a...more
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Steph Taylor has changed six high schools. Her slightly paranoid ...more
This book is marketed as a dark thriller. I mean, look at that cover (Which, by the way, is not the cover it had when I requested it through NetGalley. That cover had cute cyber-kitties on it). Doesn't this cover make the book look dark and spooky? Even the description and the initial reviews made it sound like a dark thriller about an AI that goes off its rocker.
On the contrary, this is a light book about a girl who's always been on the run with her mother. They always have to move to ...more
Steph has always accepted this, but of late she’s begun to question details that don’t add up. Especially as her ...more
I don't actually remember requesting this book.
Blurb: "... a social media site where users upload cat pictures ..."
... But I can certainly guess why I did.
So this was quite fun! Don't get me wrong, most of the time it was pretty intense - there's a homicidal father on the loose, trying to find the MC and her mother, and the stakes are very high. There are car chase scenes and everything. I finished the book in two days.
But there's also the part with the human-like AI, which asks for ...more
I have only read two of Naomi Kritzer's shorter length stories. One was the "The Thing About Ghost Stories” which was nominated for the 2019 Hugo for novelettes. The other was "Cat Pictures Please" which won the 2016 Locus and Hugo awards for best short story. This book ties into the 2016 story.
Steph and her mom have been on the run from her father for ...more
I loved this book so much and I am so glad I got read it.
The story revolves around Steph and the AI she befriends.
Steph's had a lonely life moving from place to place to escape her abusive father. Her only friends are on the social media sites CatNet.
This is a wonderful story about friendship, loyalty and a kind-hearted AI who just wants to look at kitty pics.
Catfishing on CatNet is the full length novel inspired by Kritzer's previous award darling short Cat Pictures Please. For me this reads like a cross between Eliza and Her Monsters (which I really enjoyed) and Murderbot (which I loved). We get three unique perspectives:
Steph - A high schooler who has been unable to put down roots anywhere, being moved to a new rural Midwestern town by her ...more
Steph Taylor is at a new high school, an experience she's had far too much of. Her mother moves them every few months in an effort to keep them both away from Steph's supposedly abusive and controlling father. who Steph doesn't actually remember. Constant moves means it's hard to make and keep friends, so Steph's friends are mostly online, on CatNet, a social network where animal pictures are currency. What Steph doesn't ...more
This is an...expansion?...of the idea that Kritzer used in her short story Cat Pictures Please, in which a benevolent AI tries to look after people in various ways, because it loves people, and in particular their internet cat pictures.
Catfishing on CatNet (pretty much my only criticism is that the new title is a bit silly!) expands significantly by telling the story of Steph, a teen girl whose ...more
It's set just a few minutes (a decade or so) into the future, where 25% ...more
It takes place in a near future where a teen girl and her mother are running from her abusive father but the story takes many twists and turns beyond that.
Lovely characters. Not cynical. Satisfying ending. I highly recommend it for a quick read.
The book has a unique layout when it comes to its chapters. At times there is only dialogue that looks how text would appear in a chat room online. I thought that was interesting and ...more
Thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates, and Naomi Kritzer for the opportunity to read Catfishing on CatNet in exchange for an honest review.
From the description, I figured this book would be a fun novel for teen readers, as it relates to their interest in social media, privacy, and social life. This book not only nails the description on the head, but was a highly unexpected page-turner that I just couldn't put down!
The novel has three different chapter perspectives: Steph ...more
Y'all, I generally don't like thrillers. But this, this was gold.
If you haven't already read Kritzer's "Cat Pictures Please," you should do so. If you are enamored by that, chances are you'll find this book to be engrossing. If her style isn't for you, then chances are this won't be your thing.
The story centers on Steph, a teenager traveling around the US to avoid her father. Her mom ...more
Do you know that the internet knows a lot about you? This book is about a mother and daughter running away from Steph’s dad. He’s a dangerous man. Steph never really had any real friends because she moved a lot. She goes online to a site called CatNet. She makes sure no one knows what she looks like or where she is. The chat room administrator is called CheshireCat. When Steph and her moms past life catches up with them her new friends help her find out the truth
This was such an interesting story and the book absolutely flew by. I was engaged from the very beginning, and the different perspectives were so unique.
I've never been a huge fan of science fiction, but this one sounded interesting enough for me to be able to give it a try and not hate it-- and I'm so glad that I did. It combined YA thriller with a sci-fi story of a sentient AI.
I suggest ...more
But when I find the right book, I read A LOT. Still slowly, but a lot.
So I ended up reading Catfishing on Catnet in a single day. Almost a single sitting, although I did take a two hour break to watch a game review by a YouTuber I follow and to, you know, EAT TO SUSTAIN ...more
This book is an expansion of that idea. Not a sequel or a direct expansion of that story, but definitely a return to those themes. The AI here knows a LOT, but they (their pronouns are they/theirs), but not everything. And they still want to help people, but are very modest in their aspirations. They ...more
Overall though, the book was okay. The plot was a bit far-fetched and really confusing at times, and it only really got interesting at the 75% mark so take ...more