The details are very vague in my mind but I'm looking for the name of a book I read probably 7-10 years ago. It is about a young man/teenager that lived in a technologically advanced society where everyone had telepathic or holographic animal familiars. His was a cat.

They all lived in a cave or mountain or somewhere that seemed very primitive relative to the level of technology they had attained. The culture is very controlled, and I think he rebels against this somehow. For some reason, the boy has to leave the city and is hunted. There is a female that he meets who leaves with him or that he meets after he has left.


Found it! It's called Metagame by Sam Landstrom. I'll reread it now to find out just how inaccurate my description was.

Life is a game, literally. Winners earn immortality, while losers are condemned to aging and death. D_Light, a gifted player, knows this all too well and he’s willing to do anything to win—even kill. It is no wonder then that when given the chance to enter a MetaGame—an exclusive, high-stakes, anything goes contest—he’s quick to jump at the opportunity. The MetaGame starts out well enough for D_Light, the first quest being to hunt down a dangerous fugitive, but through his own ambition, the tables turn and D_Light finds himself the renegade. Now, D_Light pits himself against his world to find the truth behind “The Game” and must decide between winning it and saving what’s left of his humanity.

This book blends emerging political and cultural trends, such as gaming culture, globalization, and the ever-increasing hegemony of corporations, with technological trends, such as genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Oh, and if that is not enough, there's even some romance

  • Huh! Got to admit, I read that book (several years ago), and all that came to mind from your description was some books by Andre Norton.
    – RDFozz
    Sep 7 '18 at 21:16

From the sounds of it, you could be thinking about the series His Dark Materials which contains the following novels:

Some differences though is that the young man/teenager is in fact an older gentleman by the name of Lord Asriel and his daemon (animal familiar) is a snow leopard. The focus is also more on the girl, who is his niece.

This series immediately came to mind after reading your description.

  • This was one of the first things I thought of, but I doubt anyone would remember living on the campus of Oxford University as being in a cave or primitive place relative to the society's technology. In fact, aside from the daemons, Lord Ashriel's world is much like Victorian England.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Aug 31 '18 at 18:05
  • @ programr That's one of the suggestions that came up when I was searching! I searched for familiars, daemons, artificial intelligence, sidekick, telepathic and holographic cats. None of those seemed to work. And the main character was definitely "coming of age". Aug 31 '18 at 18:08
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    @ZeissIkon - I dunno, have you ever visited an Oxford college? They were mostly built in the 1800s and, at least when I was last there (about 25 years ago!), have apparently been quite reluctant to install modern comforts...
    – Jules
    Aug 31 '18 at 21:02

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