Title: Catfishing on CatNet
Author: Naomi Kritzer
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Publication Date: November 19th, 2019
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
“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.
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.” (Goodreads)
One thing that caught my attention when it came to this book was the cover. I love cats and well it sold me! I obviously knew it wasn’t about cats but hey, its eye catching. I was actually surprised by how much I liked this one. There were definitely some positives and I only had a few issues with it overall.
The book has a unique layout when it comes to its chapters. At times there is only dialogue that looks how text would appear in a chat room online. I thought that was interesting and obviously went with the book quite well. There are also a couple different point of views and one of those comes from an AI. It was great and in a way reminded of the AI from Illuminae, just without all the sarcasm and what not.
My one complaint about the characters was that they were quite flat. There wasn’t much development for any of them and when it came to a couple they weren’t really a big part of the overall plot and just kind of made appearances.
The relationship that blooms in this book could have been left out in my opinion. There wasn’t any development for it and it just kind of happened. It just wasn’t my thing.
The plot was definitely better than what I thought. It was a little slow at first but when it starts its a wild ride until the end. I liked seeing how everything would connect and enjoyed the AI being a big part of it all.
Overall, it was fun read. I am curious to see where this will go again since it left off on a cliffhanger. If you are a fan of AIs then definitely give this one a try!