Catfishing on CatNet: A Novel

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Tom Doherty Associates, Nov 19, 2019 - Young Adult Fiction - 288 pages

How much does the internet know about YOU?

From Hugo and Locus Award-winning author Naomi Kritzer, Catfishing on CatNet is 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.

2020 LOCUS AWARD FINALIST
New York Times Editors’ Choice/Staff Pick
Kirkus Reviews Best of the Year Selection
Junior Library Guild Selection
Andre Norton Nebula Award Finalist
Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Nominee
Minnesota Book Awards Finalist
Midwest Connections Pick (Midwest Independent Booksellers Association)

“A pure delight...that’s as tender and funny as it is gripping and fast-paced. This book is perfect. From the believable teenage voices to the shockingly effective thriller plot, it swings effortlessly from charming humor to visceral terror, grounding it all in beautiful friendships, budding romance, and radical acceptance.” —The New York Times

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 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.

“Alongside the uplifting message about inclusivity, diversity, and found family—characters of various ethnicities identify as gay, bisexual, nonbinary, asexual, and still exploring—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

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For as long as Steph can remember, she and her mother have been hiding from her father. Frequent moving towns and schools is frustrating, but Steph has the constancy of a close group of online friends ... Read full review

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I read a gratis copy as part of my Norton Award finalist packet. I was pretty sure I’d love this book because I adored the short story that inspired it. Sure enough, I was right. Catfishing is a fast ... Read full review

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NAOMI KRITZER has been making friends online since her teens, when she had to use a modem to dial up at 2400 baud. She is a writer and blogger who has published a number of short stories and novels for adults, including the Eliana's Song duology and the Dead Rivers Trilogy. Her 2015 short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula. Naomi lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her family and four cats. The number of cats is subject to change without notice.

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