Tuesday, April 27, 2021

BLOG TOUR: Chaos on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Chaos on CatNet, the second title in the CatNet series, by Award-winning Author Naomi Kritzer! Today, on our tour stop, we have a guest post featuring the author's 10 Dream Vacation Spots AND a tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Be sure to check it out and grab your copy now! Follow the tour, HERE!

Young Adult
Science Fiction/Thriller
CatNet, #2
Publish Date:
April 27, 2021

It takes an AI to catch an AI in Chaos on CatNet, the follow-up to Naomi Kritzer's award-winning near future YA thriller.

When a mysterious entity starts hacking into social networks and chat rooms to instigate paranoia and violence in the real world, it’s up to Steph and her new friend, Nell, to find a way to stop it—with the help of their benevolent AI friend, CheshireCat.


*Naomi Kritzer's 10 Dream Vacation Spots*

This is kind of more a “bucket list of places I have obsessively thought about wanting to go, particularly during the pandemic when I can’t go anywhere, some of which I would like to visit for the first time and some of which I would like to visit again.”

  1. All the national parks in Utah. How did Utah wind up with so many stunning, gloriously beautiful national parks? Some of them look like another planet! I set up a post-pandemic to-do list in April of 2020 and “Zion National Park” is on it.

  2. Iceland. I went to Iceland in 2019 and I really want to go back. If you fly somewhere on IcelandAir (which flies out of Minneapolis, where I live), you can arrange a stopover for as long as you want in Iceland for no extra charge. In just a few days I got to see geysers, a black sand beach with a pretty terrifyingly wild ocean (Icelanders will warn you to never turn your back on the ocean), lava caves, a hot-spring-fed river where you can pick a point to soak in, steam pouring out from cracks in the ground, and a crater lake – that was all just a couple hours from Reykjavik. I would really love to go back and see stuff like the volcano that is currently spewing red hot lava in such a way that you can stand at a safe distance and take pictures of it.

  3. Petra, in Jordan. This shows up in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and I assumed for years it was just a movie set. It’s not a set. It’s entirely real. I would love to see it.

  4. Florence, Italy. Everyone I know who’s been to Florence gets starry-eyed talking about it. I’ve never been! I had a 12-hour stopover in Rome once so I got a whirlwind tour of some of the cool stuff there (mainly the Coliseum), but I would really like to see Florence.

  5. Prague. I mean, check out the pictures. SO PRETTY.

  6. South Korea. Years ago (like, many years ago at this point), my husband and I went to Hong Kong. We flew on an airline with a stopover in Seoul, and I peered out the windows during our stopover and wished we could stay longer and see Korea.

  7. The Florida Keys. The only time I’ve been to Florida, we visited the Everglades and the Keys and basically nothing else. Both are amazing. Probably my favorite thing was the coral reef. I actually hated snorkeling because I kept getting water in the snorkel tube thingie but being able to see the reef and the fish made the annoying stuff totally worth it.

  8. Japan. That’s a very non-specific destination, because every time I start imagining where I might go in Japan I find some different beautiful and interesting place I’d like to visit.

  9. Sequoia National Forest. I’ve been to California, but not recently, and I’ve never gotten to see the redwoods. I would really like to see the redwoods.

  10. Throw a dart.
    One of the things I’ve found is that almost anywhere (not absolutely anywhere, but pretty close) has stuff that’s cool and surprising and interesting. A few years ago, my family went on a road trip to Kansas City to see the total eclipse. In addition to the eclipse itself (which was amazing), we visited this weird but fascinating museum showcasing the goods that spent a century buried under river muck after a steamboat sank (the Steamboat Arabia museum), and after driving a couple hours east to find a better vantage point for the eclipse, we pulled up Google Maps to see if there was somewhere nearby that might be interesting, and visited the Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, which had both a really cool rock bridge, and a really interesting cave called the Devil’s Icebox. It left me pretty well persuaded that no matter where you go, there’s probably something interesting nearby.

Praise for Catfishing On CatNet

“The characters offer positive, realistic LGBTQIA+ representation―especially nonbinary identities and characters still exploring their identities. Refreshingly, the characters also feel like generally-woke-but-still-imperfect humans. 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

“Smart, sly, scary, and irrepressibly good fun, this novel has everything I’ve ever wanted from a story: it is a cerebral, funny, tender, big-idea delight. I can’t wait for you to read it.”―Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

"An absolutely charming and incredibly gripping, superbly plotted YA thriller." ―Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

“Kritzer’s flawless collection taps deep wells of emotion and wonder…. Her work is indisputably speculative, but it’s a perfect entry point to the genre for readers who prefer fantastical and futuristic elements to stay more in the background, with human (and robotic) feelings always at the fore. This splendid treat is not to be missed.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories


CatNet series:
(cover links to Goodreads)



**About the Author**
Photo Content from 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.

Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner

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***The Giveaway***

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- ends May 17, 2021
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