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Catfishing on CatNet

Catfishing on CatNet

A Novel

A CatNet Novel (Volume 1)

Naomi Kritzer

Tor Teen

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Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner

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.

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice/Staff Pick
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Novel
A Minnesota Book Award Winner for Best Young Adult Novel
An Andre Norton Nebula Award Finalist
An ITW Thriller Award for Best YA Novel Nominee
A Lodestar Award Finalist for Best Young Adult Book

“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.

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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.

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice/Staff Pick
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Novel
A Minnesota Book Award Winner for Best Young Adult Novel
An Andre Norton Nebula Award Finalist
An ITW Thriller Award for Best YA Novel Nominee
A Lodestar Award Finalist for Best Young Adult Book

“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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Praise for Catfishing on CatNet

“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 Book Review

“A first-rate YA novel.” — Locus Magazine

“Bold and absurd and a whole lot of fun." — NPR

“An absolutely charming and incredibly gripping, superbly plotted YA thriller. Kritzer's ability to portray the warm comfort of online friendships, the sense of belonging and safety that comes from having a community that has your back is the perfect complement for her ability to spin a story that's both technologically plausible and full of delightful and unpredictable twists and turns.” — Cory Doctorow, NYT bestselling author of Little Brother

“Positive, realistic LGBTQIA+ representation—especially nonbinary identities. 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

“An intriguing concept that is a good pick for larger libraries and readers captivated with unique AI tales.” — School Library Journal

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“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 Book Review

“A first-rate YA novel.” — Locus Magazine

“Bold and absurd and a whole lot of fun." — NPR

“An absolutely charming and incredibly gripping, superbly plotted YA thriller. Kritzer's ability to portray the warm comfort of online friendships, the sense of belonging and safety that comes from having a community that has your back is the perfect complement for her ability to spin a story that's both technologically plausible and full of delightful and unpredictable twists and turns.” — Cory Doctorow, NYT bestselling author of Little Brother

“Positive, realistic LGBTQIA+ representation—especially nonbinary identities. 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

“An intriguing concept that is a good pick for larger libraries and readers captivated with unique AI tales.” — School Library Journal

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Reviews from Goodreads

Naomi Kritzer

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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