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Catfishing on CatNet



by
Naomi Kritzer

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Tor/Tor Teen
ISBN
9781250165084

Awards and Honors
Edgar Award Best Young Adult Winner - 2020
2020 Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book Finalist
2020 Locust Young Adult Novel Award Finalist
2021 The Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books Listee, ALA
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Gender Identity, Crime: Stalking, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse, Violence: Mild Violence
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Mystery High Plus

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.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Gender Identity, Crime: Stalking, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8" x 5"

Dewey

F

AR

5.5: points 13

Lexile

820L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2020

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller

Topics

Artificial intelligence. Sexual education. Social media. Secrets. Thrillers and suspense.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist

School Library Journal

Steph can’t remember the last time she lived somewhere more than a few months. Her only solace is the online society CatNet where people chat and post pictures of animals. However, one of her seemingly innocent CatNet acquaintances, CheshireCat, knows everything about Steph and the online community. They know where everyone lives, what their hobbies are, and can probably even hack into their computers. CheshireCat is an empathetic cognizant AI, and when a harmless prank in the real world leads Steph down a dangerous rabbit hole, CheshireCat may be the only friend able to help. Kritzer envisions a not-to-distant future in which coding and ethics are combined to create an AI with attachments to humans. Providing a new twist on AI’s, the promising setup initially falls short. Lacking underlying tension, Steph’s introduction to a new town moves sluggishly, though alternating chapters between Steph, CheshireCat, and the CatNet group chat help pick up the pace as the perspectives switch more frequently later on. Feeling quite human at times, the sentient AI is easily lovable and fits in perfectly with their human friends. Aside from a few obvious mistakes the characters make when dealing with tracking and hacking, readers will root for Steph and her inclusive CatNet cohort to succeed. An intriguing concept that is a good pick for larger libraries and readers captivated with unique AI tales.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Steph can’t remember the last time she lived somewhere more than a few months. Her only solace is the online society CatNet where people chat and post pictures of animals. However, one of her seemingly innocent CatNet acquaintances, CheshireCat, knows everything about Steph and the online community. They know where everyone lives, what their hobbies are, and can probably even hack into their computers. CheshireCat is an empathetic cognizant AI, and when a harmless prank in the real world leads Steph down a dangerous rabbit hole, CheshireCat may be the only friend able to help. Kritzer envisions a not-to-distant future in which coding and ethics are combined to create an AI with attachments to humans. Providing a new twist on AI’s, the promising setup initially falls short. Lacking underlying tension, Steph’s introduction to a new town moves sluggishly, though alternating chapters between Steph, CheshireCat, and the CatNet group chat help pick up the pace as the perspectives switch more frequently later on. Feeling quite human at times, the sentient AI is easily lovable and fits in perfectly with their human friends. Aside from a few obvious mistakes the characters make when dealing with tracking and hacking, readers will root for Steph and her inclusive CatNet cohort to succeed. An intriguing concept that is a good pick for larger libraries and readers captivated with unique AI tales.

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