Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Satire
Cat's Cradle is the fourth novel by American writer Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1963. It explores issues of science, technology, and religion, satirizing the arms race and many other targets along the way. After turning down his original thesis, in 1971 the University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut his Master's degree in anthropology for Cat's Cradle. The title of the book derives from the string game "cat's cradle." Early in the book it is learned that Felix Hoenikker was playing cat's cradle when the bomb was dropped, and the game is later referenced by his son, Newton Hoenikker.
Felix Hoenikker, Newton "Newt" Hoenikker, Emily Hoenikker, The narrator, Dr. Asa Breed, Bokonon, Papa Monzano