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Catfishing on CatNet

Naomi Kritzer



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27 July 2021
Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn't lived anywhere longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet-a social media site where users upload cat pictures-a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn't know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph's past catches up to her and ChesireCat's existence is discovered by outsiders, it's up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her. A surprising, heartfelt near-future YA thriller about the topical issues of online privacy and out-of-control technology, and the importance of making connections in an increasingly fragmented society by award-winning author Naomi Kritzer, whose short story Cat Pictures Please won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula Award.
Imprint:   TOR TEEN
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 137mm, 
ISBN:   9781250165091
ISBN 10:   1250165091
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 13 to 17 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Naomi Kritzer is a writer and blogger who has published a number of short stories and several novels for adults, including two trilogies for Bantam. Her 2015 short story Cat Pictures Please was a Locus Award and Hugo Award winner and a finalist for the Nebula Award. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Reviews for Catfishing on CatNet

The characters offer positive, realistic LGBTQIA+ representation--especially nonbinary identities and characters still exploring their identities. Refreshingly, the characters also feel like generally-woke-but-still-imperfect humans. Wickedly funny and thrilling in turns; perfect for readers coming-of-age online. --Kirkus, starred review Kritzer's take on a benevolent AI is both whimsical and poignant. An entertaining, heart-filled exploration of today's online existence and privacy concerns. --Publishers Weekly, starred review Smart, sly, scary, and irrepressibly good fun, this novel has everything I've ever wanted from a story: it is a cerebral, funny, tender, big-idea delight. I can't wait for you to read it. --Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon An absolutely charming and incredibly gripping, superbly plotted YA thriller.--Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother Kritzer's flawless collection taps deep wells of emotion and wonder.... Her work is indisputably speculative, but it's a perfect entry point to the genre for readers who prefer fantastical and futuristic elements to stay more in the background, with human (and robotic) feelings always at the fore. This splendid treat is not to be missed. --Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories

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