Stray: Touchstone Part 1

Stray: Touchstone Part 1

by Andrea K Höst
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Stray: Touchstone Part 1 by Andrea K Höst

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?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011259081
Publisher: Andrea K Höst
Publication date: 03/21/2011
Series: Touchstone , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 35,353
File size: 345 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

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

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Stray : Touchstone Part 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Sascha_Q More than 1 year ago
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.
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
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.
chbrown21 More than 1 year ago
Read this series from the beginning and enjoy some fun summertime relaxation
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is super thick and super good to read
Natasa-WMYB More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice and long 674 pgs plus glossary and character list Wow just wow this is amazing could not put it down
SharonGerlach More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wanted to say great work andrea!
Ksiddall 4 months ago
Great story with a fun teen narrator When Cassandra Devlin left school on her final day of classes she thought she was headed home to prepare for a night of partying with her fellow graduates. But somewhere along the way she inadvertently traveled through a gateway away from Earth and onto another planet. Alone, lost, and without resources other than what she had in her school backpack, she located a waterway and followed it downstream in hopes of finding civilization. Instead she came to a strange, deserted community constructed of blocky, white stone buildings. Surviving there a month, she is discovered and rescued by a pair of young, black-clad soldiers (Setari) and taken to their home base, KOTIS, on the island-city of Konna, on the planet Tare. There she receives medical attention and is implanted with a device that helps her understand and learn the Taren’s language. She is what they call a “STRAY,” and she’s not the first one that’s been found. There have been others. Throughout the story, Cassandra expresses her desire to return home, but as she tries to figure out how to accomplish this, she is developing relationships with her rescuers and becoming embroiled and invested in their fight to save their world from destruction by the horrible creatures, the Ionoth, coming through the ENA. Her Setari friends believe that should she breach the ENA again to return to Earth she may draw the attention of the Ionoth and cause them to attack Earth just like Tare. Told in first-person in the form of Cassandra’s diary, author Andrea K. Höst has developed an imaginative and compelling storyline in an interesting world. Familiar yet very different, the planets of Muina and Tare, and the concept of the ENA remain mysterious to the reader even at the completion of this first book in the Touchstone series. (The ENA is defined as “a dimension connected to the thoughts, memories, dreams, and imaginations of living beings,” however, it is a very real and scary place in the novel, filled with shadowy locations and dangerous creatures. There are also a multitude of characters introduced (so many that there is a list of characters included at the end of the book.) While I enjoyed Stray, it took some effort to keep reading; the story develops slowly. Many of the characters are only superficially sketched out right now but I’m guessing some will become more substantial as the series progresses. I will definitely be going for the next book in the series, “Lab Rat One,” soon.
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I love these books. It has a refreshing new concept and really is hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story with a very different twist to normal. Try it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First person is hit or miss with me. That being said, I enjoyed this story and didn't mind the "diary" format. I like this world (world's) and look forward to reading more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting to really come to love this book being that the only reason I read it was because it was free. I absolutely loved this book and how the author was able to draw me into her story & world. It completely captivated me & I felt that the characters were so well written and put together. I have not read a book in this category for many years now but I purchased all of the books because I loved the whole story and couldn't put I down! My teenagers are now reading them and totally love them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the story to be a very good representation of being lost on another planet the main character Cass was sweet and intelligent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read, alot. So when a book like Stray wanders into my Nook, it's like being treated to an A+ file mignon steak! I cant recall the last time I read a book that was so incredibly unique in its story origin AND never strayed (accidental pun!) from remaining original along with top shelf quality writing. This book goes into my top ten of all time favorite reads. Jumping into book #2 as soon as Im......see? That quickbecause this was that good! Dale M. Baranoski
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book greatly.
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PATrekkie More than 1 year ago
Great book, it really had me enthralled in the beginning and throughout. I had a hard time not reading a few pages here and there on my phone when I was supposed to be doing other things. I will be buying the second book in this series.
KDTD More than 1 year ago
I loved the series. The first book was very hard to get into bc the first half is building a world with zero other characters. I really appreciated that the author was able to convey the emotional impact of alien isolation. The diary perspective is unique and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected this to be "bedtime" reading (you know, read a few pages and go to sleep). And it does start out rather anemic. After all, you're reading a shallow teenage girl's journal. But once the story finally has its roots established, I just wanted to keep reading, through all three books in the series. The end is not entirely believable (yes, Cass does a lot of growing up during this time, but still). Anyway, it may be intended for young adults, but I'm fifty-something and I enjoyed it.