engineering careers  The Many Selves of Katherine North

This month we are doing something a little different for the summer holidays and diving into fiction. Finding the perfect books for you to sit back with in the sun.

Emma Geen’s debut novel ‘The Many Selves of Katherine North’ is the story of a world where humanity has harnessed the ability to place consciousness into different bodies at will.

The story is set in the near future where climate change is threatening endangered populations of animals. Katherine is the longest serving ‘phenomenaut’ – able to put herself into the body of an animal. She is unique in doing this as consciousness is unable to transfer when as a persons brain ages. One day a glimpse of something ominous when out of her body leads her to question everything.

The book asks questions not just about the role of science in our world but about our own minds. What is consciousness? How deeply is our perception of the world linked to our own bodies?

The story is undeniably complicated. The story jumps between past and present to drive the central mystery forward. The changing nature of Katherine’s consciousness hopping, at times, can also be confusing. However, the book does a solid job at capturing the impossibility of an out-of-body experience and the effect it would have on a person’s perceptions of the world around them.

This is not a book to quickly dip in and out of but one to question the nature of the reality we all take for granted.


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