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Catfishing on CatNet
Catfishing on CatNet: A Novel | Naomi Kritzer
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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 hasnt lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNeta social media site where users upload cat picturesa place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesnt know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Stephs past catches up to her and ChesireCats existence is discovered by outsiders, its up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her. Catfishing on CatNet is a surprising, heartfelt near-future YA thriller 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. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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quietjenn
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I have read multiple reviews of this one, which basically boil down to "good book with a terrible title." Let's see, shall we?

Erinreadsthebooks Definitely a terrible title... 1mo
PaperbackPirate I worked at my college newspaper & they would always put in temporary joke titles while laying out the paper. This title is totally line that! 😹 4w
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deargeekplace
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Next up! #amreading

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esurient
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My feelings about this one oscillated wildy while I read it, but I'm settling on 'low pick.' The pacing was off throughout -- super slow for the first half, super rushed for the second, and while it ended on a satisfying conclusion, I'm grumpy at it.

esurient But, my biggest problem is that the author decided to write this as YA. That's hardly this book's fault, but so much of the slowness at the beginning was getting the cast of teen characters up to speed, when I was really only interested in the AI character, already introduced from the short story. 2mo
esurient Then, the villain went from background bogeyman to luckiest and most-skilled villain in the history of all antagonists in a flat second. 2mo
esurient I'm lucky the author was skilled enough to keep the first person, present tense POV from grating on me. And I did legit love the queerness of the cast and there were some really funny, zippy lines of dialogue. 2mo
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In addition to the focus, I'm having real problems with the pacing on this. I'm a good quarter of the way in, and the story drags and meanders and repeats.

esurient I'm guessing that's intended to be a feature, not a bug, of the YA genre? To be tailored so like that for younger readers? But I seldom read YA and don't usually click with what of it I read, so take may opinions with a grain of salt. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly That is certainly not my experience of YA. 3mo
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly Hmm, interesting. 3mo
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So far, this book seems to be 20% teens talking in chat groups and zero percent from the perspective of that cool AI character I loved from the short story, but it's still early on yet. It could improve.

esurient I'm being overly snarky. There's a part from the AI's perspective at the very beginning of this, which I misremembered as being a prologue, but it is Chapter 1. So, this is shaking out to be one-fifth AI, one-fifth chat group, three-fifth teen girl. 3mo
esurient On to Chapter 5. 3mo
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esurient
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#releasedayyay! I did have this preordered, but it being YA I was on the fence about it, and then I was frustrated with Macmillan's new policy on library e-books and so fell completely off. Currently on the waitlist for the library print copy.

https://boingboing.net/2019/11/19/setec-astronomy-kitteh.html

esurient Also: UGH review states this ends on a cliffhanger. I have strong thoughts about cliffhangers and they are not good ones. /grumpy (edited) 3mo
rubyslippersreads I just started this. Cliffhanger 😾😾😾 3mo
esurient @rubyslippersreads Fingers crossed that it's the sort of cliffhanger that's an emotionally satisfying conclusion with an open-door invitation to come along for the sequel. I once read a book like that. Once. 3mo
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(Releases November 2019) I had adored the short story this novel is expanded from, but I'm apprehensive about the novel. Kritzer's opted to make it YA, and that's... not really my genre.

Still! The excerpt is very much in the voice of the AI character, which I had so much loved reading in the short story. So, I'm tentatively very interested in this?

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