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Stray (Touchstone Book 1) by [Höst, Andrea K.]
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Length: 278 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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 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?

About the Author

Andrea K Höst is an Australian writer of fantasy and science fantasy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Andrea K Hösth (March 20 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T3A518
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,077 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Stray: Touchstone Part 1 by Andrea Host is a YA science fiction novel. Cassandra Devlin, an 18 year old Australian high school student just finishing her last exams, wanders through a "gate" or wormhole on her way home from school and finds herself in a strange forest. She walks for days, trying to survive and figure out where she is. Eventually she finds an abandoned village and works to make herself a comfortable home. She is rescued by "psychic ninjas" or Setari from the technologically advanced planet Tare, and there her adventures really begin.

I enjoyed this book very much. It is written in the form of a diary, which allows you to stay with Cass and learn about what is happening as she does. You get to understand and appreciate her as a character more and more as the story unfolds. Initially, I found her almost too calm, much like Alice after she tumbled through the rabbit hole. But she admits after the first few entries that she hasn't been describing all her emotional meltdowns and fears as they happen. This made the character even more believable. The author cleverly makes Cass a SF & F fan and an online gamer. This allows her to make educated guesses about what has happened to her and to cope with all the new things she encounters. It gives her a language to describe what she is experiencing. Spider Robinson is another author who has used this device well and Host's writing reminds me somewhat of his work. There are also many cultural references which add richness to the story, and which Cass uses to cope with her surroundings.

There is a very useful glossary as well as a dramatis personae in the appendix. This is especially helpful to understand the Australian and gamer slang as well as the invented language.
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Hey Andrea .... I'm just flat out impressed! In my humble opinion, Stray is one of those books that you literally have to have someone pry from your cold dead fingers before you will let it go. It's not that the start of it was so action packed (let's face it, it really wasn't). But it really really really made you want to find out what was going to happen to her. And the plot just got better, and more entertaining as it went along.

Many times I've started a sci-fi series with the first book, and begrudgingly bought the next just to find out what happened to the hero - just because I was curious enough, not because I was invested in the character. The proof of that is that I never continued to buy the rest of the series. However, with Stray, once I finished it, I immediately bought the rest of the series - not just one, but all of them! I don't expect to get much sleep this weekend! Thank you Andrea for such a great series. I hope you might consider writing more books from the touchstone universe ..... you know I'll buy some more. If not ... I'm sure this is one series I'll read more than a few times. Good job.
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Read from January 24 to 25, 2013


Hands down an epic amazingbaaaalllls sci-fi adventure!
This book is so creative! it goes beyond and above your typical YA fantasy. Where your female 17 year old main character is not whining about life, her hair, clothes, boys or her emo life. No, this girl is all business, what practical things to do to survive and realistic as it can get. How would you act, what would you do if all of a sudden you end up in an alternate unfamiliar world with absolutely no knowledge of how you ended up there?

The first part of this book is all about Cassandra (Cass) describing in her diary what is happening, and trying -barely- to make sense and survive with what she had at the time of her strange trip to another reality: her uniform, backpack with basic school supplies, a bag of tissues, an empty diary she was planning to give to a friend and an empty bottle of Fanta.
Yup, not too much to go with... so you may as well imagine all the different scenarios she faces.

Being told in first person -diary-reality- form makes it even better. You learn experience and learn things at the same time as Cass does, making this a sci-fi journey of discovery.

Loved it!! I even recommended it to my husband, since it lacked all the I'm - such - a girly - chicky - flick - kind - of - book (which I admit I also love to read). Personally, its a perfect read for anyone who wants a simple, yet very smart, survivalist sci-fi story.... It was that good!

This book is full of fun witty references to familiar stuff I like: music, books, artists, writers and states of mind.

I'm so glad I bought the whole trilogy in a package .... [dives straight to book 2].
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I am sure that there are many people who will thoroughly enjoy this book. It is an interesting tale about a young girl who lands in an alien environment in the middle of a forest and spends days wandering about trying to find how to survive, while enjoying the flora and fauna. Personally, I found it boring and insipid. This may not be fair because it is just of little interest to me, but it was recommended by Amazon as science fiction.
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