It’s time for my second Shadow Clarke review. On this occasion, I’m looking at the debut novel by Emma Geen, The Many Selves of Katherine North.
The book is set in a near future where the technology has been developed to project a human’s consciousness into artificial animal bodies. Katherine North is a ‘phenomenaut’, paid to experience animal consciousnesses in order to assist research on empathy – but the company that she works for is not all it seems.
I had mixed feelings about Geen’s novel – at its best, it works very well indeed; but there isn’t room for everything it tries to do. The book adopts a thriller plot, but doesn’t then successfully integrate its more philosophical aspects into that structure. This is something I wanted to explore in the review, as it’s not the first time I’ve seen it in contemporary science fiction.
My review of Many Selves is here on the CSFF website.
31st March 2017 at 1:40 pm
I’ve not been terribly tempted by this one.
How does she experience the animal’s consciousness? I get how she experiences the sense of being in its body, but how it’s sense of self?
To be honest I thought this sounded rather YA. Is it?