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  • Title: The Many Selves of Katherine North
  • Author: Emma Geen
  • ISBN: 9781408858431
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kit has been projecting into other species for seven years.Longer than anyone else at ShenCorp.Longer than any of the scientists thought possible.But lately she has the feeling that when she jumps she isn t alone Since she was twelve, Kit has been a phenomenaut, her consciousness projected into the bodies of lab grown animals for the purpose of research.Kit experiences a mKit has been projecting into other species for seven years.Longer than anyone else at ShenCorp.Longer than any of the scientists thought possible.But lately she has the feeling that when she jumps she isn t alone Since she was twelve, Kit has been a phenomenaut, her consciousness projected into the bodies of lab grown animals for the purpose of research.Kit experiences a multitude of other lives fighting and fleeing, predator and prey always hoping, but never quite believing, that her work will help humans better understand the other species living alongside them.But after a jump as an urban fox ends in disaster, Kit begins to suspect that those she has trusted for her entire working life may be out to cause her harm And, as she delves deeper into the events of that night, her world begins to shift in ways she had never thought possible.
    The Many Selves of Katherine North Kit has been projecting into other species for seven years Longer than anyone else at ShenCorp Longer than any of the scientists thought possible But lately she has the feeling that when she jumps she

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    1. As soon as I saw the blurb for this novel, I was in Using advanced technology, certain people can jump their consciousness into lab created animals Ressy Ressies , to monitor and learn from their behaviour Even before reading the brilliantly imaginative illustrations of human as animal created by Geen, this was appealing Who wouldn t want to know how it feels to howl with wolves under the moonlight, or steal chips out of unsuspecting human hands like the sneaky seagulls of the English seaside Th [...]

    2. The two star rating is somewhat misleading and perhaps unfair The basic premise of the book is good and interesting The basic premise is simple Katherine s job is that her consciousness inhabits constructs of animals She does this for study So, for instance, she wants to study foxes, she inhabits the body of a fox Her real body is during this time connected to a basically life support Over the course of the novel, secrets about the company she works for are revealed and you get the general idea [...]

    3. Nearly 3.5 In her work for the shadowy ShenCorp, Kit projects herself into the lab grown bodies of all kinds of creatures especially foxes but also everything from spiders to seals to better understand animal behavior An inventive but somewhat disorienting debut novel Like a lot of speculative fiction, it combines believable technology with far fetched scenarios There s a lot of made up jargon that can initially be a challenge to plow through, but once you get the hang of it you can suspend disb [...]

    4. I loved the premise of this very original debut novel Set at a time slightly in the future where climate change is threatening endangered populations of animals, humans have developed the ability to transfer their consciousness into 3D synthetic living breathing animals This allows them to live as that animal for short periods and mix with wild populations to study their habitat and ability to find food Teenagers are generally recruited for this research as their brains are most plastic and able [...]

    5. In The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen, humanity has harnessed the power of consciousness and mechanized the ability to place that consciousness in different bodies at will.Katherine is a teenager who works for a large research company She s the longest lasting phenomenaut person who s consciousness is put into the body of an animal because she seems to be special.The process of consciousness transfer seems to stop working when the brain ages and loses its plasticity Despite her age, [...]

    6. Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for the ARC The Many Selves of Katherine North caught my eye because of the beautiful cover I have an affinity for foxes, sci fi, and female leads The cover alone ticked all of those boxes for me and the synopsis pulled me in the rest of the way.Katherine North, aka Kit, is a phenomenaut In this universe, what that means is that she can project her consciousness to other animals Basically, her human body is hooked up to a machine that takes care of h [...]

    7. I ll post my review closer to the release date, but this was such an engaging story It s always such a pleasure to pick up a debut novel and enjoy it because you know there are many good stories yet to come from the author Would recommend Review Update Ever since I finished this book, I have, honestly, had dreams at least every other night about being an animal of one sort or another And I feel like I keep seeing foxes everywhere Stuffed animal foxes, cute pictures of foxes, references to foxes [...]

    8. Sometimes a body is all the language you need This sounded different from my usual reads, in fact from a lot of reads on the shelves Teenager Kit is a Phenomenaut , able to jump into the consciousness of lab animals, with the guidance and help of her partner to keep her anchored to her human side Trouble starts when she begins work for the tourism dept , where anyone can also jump into wild animals What is gorgeous about this story is her time being animals, creatures Emma Green did a fantastic [...]

    9. 3.5 stars.This is one of the strangest books I have ever read You re thrown headfirst into a futuristic Bristol, where, for the purpose of zoological research Kit and her fellow phenomenauts project their consciousness into the bodies of various animals At ShenCorp, the company that Kit works for, all the phenomenauts are teenagers, with the idea that the younger you are, the your brain is able to adapt and cope with the constant psychological transitions At 19, Kit has been projecting for seve [...]

    10. Very early, this book clearly establishes its genre with an innocent young person doing fascinating, ground breaking work for The Corporation flash forward to her on the run from The Corporation, due to some Horrible Discovery that the police won t believe, etc.Chapters alternate between the two eras for most of the book, with the bits and pieces gradually filled in There are light mysteries thrown in Can she trust The Boy Who is the bizarre feral character these add a bit of suspense even thoug [...]

    11. DNF at 28%I ve been trying to read this book for probably two months now but I just cannot get into it I feel so detached from everything in this book the characters, the story, the writing.The blurb of this book sounded quite interesting to me but I just don t think that this book is for me.I won t be rating this book since I haven t finished it and I don t feel like I could give it a true rating.

    12. This is the kind of book that I love slow, literary science fiction with a focus on animals So many animals We ve got foxes, polar bears, tigers, seals, snakes, eagles, octopi, even spiders it was hard, but I read the spider chapter So proud of myself The premise is that at some time in the future, humanity has discovered technology that allows people to leap consciousnesses and live in animals for extended periods of time Our main character, Kit, is a phenomenaut who works in animal research.Th [...]

    13. A YA exploration of self in the context of other bodies and out of body A very interesting premise with compelling relationships and tantalizing sensory information from animal perspectives, but it loses its sophistication in the YA form becomes unconvincing when evil boss and sketchy coworker and sketchy CEO scientist spend way too much time trying to maneuver this girl around in what s an obvious lost battle Big bosses don t convince, they replace and move on.

    14. Though there were some things I liked about this book, I can t justify giving it than one star The title is very clever, and so is the premise it follows Kit, who can enter the consciousness of different animals and live as an animal The author clearly spent a lot of time thinking about being different animals, and often she does a good job of creating the sensory world of snakes, foxes, octopuses, or birds Another aspect that I liked is that Kit has spent so much time being an animal she has b [...]

    15. Katherine North spends her life jumping into the bodies minds of animals, and the company she works for are considering ways to develop their technologies.Such scientific advances will, naturally, explore ethical considerations and this is quite a leap into the unknown.There is just enough of reality to keep the reader engaged and able to see the plausibility of the set up, but it is quite a leap of faith to accept the reactions of key characters.There s a lot of vocabulary linked to the procedu [...]


    17. I loved the imaginative near future context of this novel, the way Emma Geen portrayed the experience of different animals, and the complex plot that unravels through the book

    18. A very interesting book I got into the story almost straight away in the but what happens next kind of a way, and then in the middle or maybe a bit later got annoyed by the foreshadowing that was done in a way that even a 2 year old got the idea Several times But now I know what he is really like, because I just know, did I say I knew already But other than that it was a very good book It made me think about our world in a different way, and, for a book that seems to be mostly about animals, inc [...]

    19. I have just finished listening to the astonishing debut of author Emma Geen I wish I could remember who first told me about the novel, The Many Selves of Katherine North, because I would like to send that person a thank you note.The reviews on this book use words like exhilarating, horrifying, compelling, and riveting to describe the story of a girl named Kit who is a phenomenaut someone whose consciousness is projected into the bodies of lab grown animals for research purposes Readers quoted on [...]

    20. When you pick up The Many Selves of Katherine North it is not, as I expected, a thriller of any sort The description made me think that Katherine was going to uncover a horrid secret and have to struggle to reveal it to the world Well, that happens, but not in the way that I expected Instead, readers are treated to a very creative and intellectual novel that really showcases what writers can do in the science fiction genre Emma Green has a background in psychology and philosophy, and this book d [...]

    21. This is difficult to rate.It s a truly amazing debut novel it touches on really large themes animal sentience, our role in the ecosystem and the role of embodiment in identity The vignettes of animal experience are just beautiful.But the pacing is a bit off in the second half of the book and it drags.And I found myself getting and annoyed with the main character for acting like such a child She is indeed an actual child, so this seems unreasonable on my part.But so much of the story hinges on [...]

    22. Time to review this bookIt took me a couple of weeks to read it but only because I was very busy The writing reminded me somewhat of Roger Zelazny I read where he said he received a lot of rejections at first because he gave too much information about the story and characters when he introduced them In this first novel by Emma Geen, she doesn t make that mistake but slowly brings the reader along introducing things slowly until everything is eventually revealed Kit or Katherine North is a wonder [...]

    23. I received this book for free from Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.This is a decent little book The story is original and somewhat believable, the characters could use a little fleshing out, but it s at least well written, with only a few mistakes that I think can be ironed out fairly easily.I enjoyed the inRessy parts of the book, but I feel that the rest let it down a little There was very little suspense, or emotion and I have to confess to feeling a bit bored most of the time.Now [...]

    24. I thought this book sounded really interesting The idea of transferring consciousness into another species sounded fascinating and it was The description of Kit s many selves is absorbing as is her character and it makes for a great story.At times I found the narrative very confusing, which is why I didn t feel I could give this five stars Nevertheless it is an absorbing, highly original read and I will be looking out for by Emma Geen.Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read and review this b [...]

    25. This book is a toss up for me.The elements of it that makes me think of the movies Avatar and Surrogates And I enjoy all kinds of books with dystopian elements to it.I just could not get into this one Never quite got in sync.Maybe it s a book I d like better if I read it at a different time.This is why I m giving it a 3 even though I did not finish reading it I believe others will enjoy this book as I wanted to Typically these kind of books are 4 stars for me Enjoyable reads.

    26. The sort of first novel I like, ambitious and unusual Perhaps she s not the finished article yet, but Emma Geen has a distinct perspective on the world, animal and human, that will be worth following.One to Watch of the Year

    27. Fantastic breadth of description, not only does the author manage to describe the alien nature of being another animal but also captures the essence of human frailty I was hooked right off the bat and thoroughly enjoyed the ups and downs of Kit looking for the answers that plague us all.

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