Stray: Touchstone Part 1 [NOOK Book]

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On her last day of high school, Cassandra Devlin walked out of exams and into a forest. Surrounded by the wrong sort of trees, and animals never featured in any nature documentary, Cass is only sure of one thing: alone, she will be lucky to survive.
The sprawl of abandoned blockish buildings Cass discovers offers her only more puzzles. Where are the people? What is the intoxicating mist which drifts off the buildings in the moonlight? And why ...

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Stray: Touchstone Part 1

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Overview

On her last day of high school, Cassandra Devlin walked out of exams and into a forest. Surrounded by the wrong sort of trees, and animals never featured in any nature documentary, Cass is only sure of one thing: alone, she will be lucky to survive.
The sprawl of abandoned blockish buildings Cass discovers offers her only more puzzles. Where are the people? What is the intoxicating mist which drifts off the buildings in the moonlight? And why does she feel like she's being watched?
Increasingly unnerved, Cass is overjoyed at the arrival of the formidable Setari. Whisked to a world as technologically advanced as the first was primitive, where nanotech computers are grown inside people's skulls, and few have any interest in venturing outside the enormous whitestone cities, Cass finds herself processed as a 'stray', a refugee displaced by the gates torn between worlds. Struggling with an unfamiliar language and culture, she must adapt to virtual classrooms, friends who can teleport, and the ingrained attitude that strays are backward and slow.
Can Cass ever find her way home? And after the people of her new world discover her unexpected value, will they be willing to let her leave?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011259081
  • Publisher: Andrea K Höst
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Series: Touchstone , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,892
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 337 KB

Meet the Author

A Swedish-born Australian writer working in fantasy and science fantasy.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

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    Wonderful story - highly recommended!

    On her way home from school after her final tests, Cassandra Devlin walks into another world. She has to learn to survive with very little on this new world, but after a month she is discovered by some people. Forced to learn their language and accommodate to their culture, Cass also learns that they use psychic powers to fight monsters that come out of other "dimensions," the dreams - or nightmares - of the places that are being shadowed.

    Written as a diary, "Stray" was absolutely riveting. I was impressed by the realism that was injected into this book - something that is usually not found in a fantasy novel. You don't usually hear about the blisters that form on the feet of a person not used to walking for the entire day, or the problems of what to do with a distinct lack of toilet paper, or how to make tools when you don't have any tools to start with. The characters are all well-defined and I was completely engrossed with the story. Fortunately the 2nd book (this is a trilogy) called "Lab Rat One" is available, and the 3rd book is due out December, 2011. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good book - even if fantasy is not your normal genre, you should find this book entertaining.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Very convincing "teen" voice

    I was worried by the swearing and multiple exclamation points at the opening of this book, but the rest of the text had an interesting story in a very creatively-built world. I haven't yet read the sequels, but I will! The ebook had excellent formatting and the writing was of high quality! I recommend this lovely book from an independent author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Part one of my favorite series. Stray is an awesome book where y

    Part one of my favorite series. Stray is an awesome book where you can really relate to the main character. Written in dairy format Stray is a book I have enjoyed reading many times. Hope B&N starts selling the rest of the series soon! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Cool and asome story

    This book is super thick and super good to read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

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    This. Is. AH-MAZING. Don’t get me wrong; Stray has some f

    This. Is. AH-MAZING.

    Don’t get me wrong; Stray has some flaws and it’s not perfect but as it is it’s an awesome and original read that I wish was better well known in the young adult genre. I have to say that it had me from the first line; it’s a really cool opener that immediately made me love it.

    Stray is a mix of fantasy/sci-fi and, unusually for YA, has no romance. There’s a hint of one that will be developed in the sequels but nothing overt. I like YA that at least has a romantic subplot otherwise I’m not likely to be interested, but I barely noticed it wasn’t there until I finished reading.

    Just goes to show how riveting the plot is :) I won’t give anything away but I’ll just say it’s amazing and just dang! awesome. Even though I found the ending abrupt and slightly anti-climactic, I like the fact that it isn’t a money-grubbing cliffhanger that urges the readers to buy the next book immediately. It shows the author respects her readers enough not to do that.

    Another thing is that I like how Cass describes herself as plain-looking and, surprise surprise, she actually is! It’s not one of those cases either where the heroine is too stupid to realize that everyone knows she’s beautiful except herself. Also, her character is very relatable and I was able to connect with her pretty early on mostly because she’s one of those characters who isn’t self-absorbed in her own puddle of angst. There are more important things to do like being badass and saving the world.

    The writing style is conversational and flows along pretty well, making it very easy to visualize the world as it’s described to us. Plus, verrrrry few infodumps! :D The few times they do appear they don’t detract from the story because they’re circumstantial. There’s even a helpful appendix at the back for character names and other terms so you can flip to the back in case you forget anything.

    I don’t have that much to criticize. I guess the one thing that stands out is how everyone Cass meets is reaaaalllyyy good looking, and she even describes it as a “job requirement”. It’s a bit annoying because here’s yet another Twilight-influenced story where there are no average-looking people to be found. It kinda makes us ugly people feel a bit left out, you know?

    But other than that, Stray is amazing and is from now on near the top of my recommendations list for YA fantasy. Four stars from me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

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    Nice and long 674 pgs plus glossary and character list Wow just wow this is amazing could not put it down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Compelling and haunting

    This book captured me from the first paragraph, and I read straight through the whole series in a weekend. Told in diary form - which works extremely well for the subject matter - Cassandra Devlin chronicles her displacement from her own beloved Earth to a new planet after walking through a wormhole.

    The main thing I really loved about this story is that Host is not afraid to let her character have faults. There are times when Cass is whiny or grumpy or despondent - and appropriately so. I'm also totally fangirling over Kaoren Ruuel and his oh so delicious aloofness.

    Host realistically portrays a new planetary system with sometimes conflicting governmental structures through Cass's 17-year-old eyes. In other words, not too cumbersome, but with surprising depth and thought. And Cass's whole bewildering experience of interface implantation, learning a new language (and being the only one who knows English), and dealing with the social status of being a "stray" is expertly drawn.

    This whole series is a must-read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Great

    Just wanted to say great work andrea!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    This story is excellent: well written, well paced, and attention

    This story is excellent: well written, well paced, and attention keeping. I loved that the main character is Australian...it gave me the opportunity to infer and learn some new vernacular (I had no idea what busking was). Wonderful read. I've been recommending to all of my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Second best book

    This is the second best book next to Silence! I could not put it down!!! Highly recomended by me to anybody!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Great book, different from other run of the mill science fiction books.

    It was written in a method different than most books, but kept the story flowing smoothly. It was interesting, and I will definitely read more books written by Andrea K. Host. She has a unique way of presenting the information to keep you involved and ready for the next adventure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Enjoyed this series

    I really enjoyed this series. All 3 books kept me guessing (except for the obvious romantic sub-plot). Highly recommend.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Great series

    Read this series from the beginning and enjoy some fun summertime relaxation

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  • Posted June 12, 2014

    I grabbed this as a freebie, and my expectations were low. I wa

    I grabbed this as a freebie, and my expectations were low.
    I was delighted to find a top-notch bit of first-person narrative and world building on par with Heinlein's "Podkayne of Mars" and David R. Palmer's "Emergence"!

    I'm off to grab the next two in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Superlative imagination

    Thoroughly enjoyed walking into a new dimension. The use of a diary facilitated movement which included romance, adventure, intrigue and danger. More than a guinea pig ....

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    I loved it. I never expect free books to be much but this one w

    I loved it. I never expect free books to be much but this one was totally wonderful surpassing a lot of ones that I have paid for. The story addressed a lot of the problems that most *suddenly elsewhere* books usually gloss over, which has always irritated me in the past. I had trouble putting it down (even though it was 3 am), and I have immediately bought the next book. I am looking forward to more of the story developing. If the other two books are of the same quality as the first this trilogy is way under rated and could do with some serious PR.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Amazing

    This is the best series ive read in a very long time. I encourage everyone to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Great book!

    This book kept my attention focused, i was completely absorbed. I cant offer a better complement than that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Stray

    This book is awful, so do not waste your time. I will admit i did not get far but i could not keep reading. The problem was that it was not planned out and that made the character seem emotionless. She is lost in a strange world but yet she hardly mentions her family, and she does not really freak out. It sort of seems like she was expecting it to happen because she is so emotionless.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

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