Stray : Touchstone Part 1

Rated 4.55/5 based on 20 reviews
In this planet-hopping Girl’s Own Adventure, an Aussie teen must survive a world without technology, and then another with far too much. Rescue is only the beginning of her problems. More
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About Andrea K Höst

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

About the Series: Touchstone
Cass walks into adventure. Adventure gives her blisters.

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Review by: Annie Jean Brewer on March 5, 2015 :
I was intrigued by the description so despite not reading very much fiction decided to give it a try. I found it a bit slow BUT even with that I identified with the main character. Overall an enjoyable read and I am rather curious as to what happens next.

I must confess I was surprised by her decision near the end. It seemed too mature for the character. I don't want to include spoilers but I honestly expected her to jump on the offer, consequences be hanged. Of course, in this case there WOULD have been repercussions, which the character pointed out later.

I'm giving it four stars because I did feel it was a bit slow and I thought she was OOC at that one point. In all fairness I must admit I read through to the end and am considering the purchase of Book #2. I can't say that about many novels.
(review of free book)
Review by: Elizabeth Miller on April 13, 2012 :
Very nice sci-fi fantasy story about a teenage Australian named Cassandra, that while walking home turns a corner and ends up on another world. Well written and funny. Done in a diary form it was an excellent way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Review by: Nicole on Jan. 8, 2012 :
It was a nice change reading a SFF adventure without cookie cutter YA roles and relationships. Kudos on the strong, smart, and resourceful heroine Cass. I kind of didn’t like the journal style at the beginning, but it really did become less conspicuous and more engaging as the story progressed. A lot of the book read like an anthropological ethnography of another culture, which was pretty cool, but at times could be a little encumbered with descriptions.
I really liked the nerdy references peppered throughout the book (e.g. Stargate, computer games and gaming analogies, etc.). It was an imaginative book; a fun and intriguing sci-fi universe the author created. By the end, I was ready for the next book. I won this eBook through a LibraryThing member giveaway.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Nicole on Jan. 8, 2012 : (no rating)
It was a nice change reading a SFF adventure without cookie cutter YA roles and relationships. Kudos on the strong, smart, and resourceful heroine Cass. I kind of didn’t like the journal style at the beginning, but it really did become less conspicuous and more engaging as the story progressed. A lot of the book read like an anthropological ethnography of another culture, which was pretty cool, but at times could be a little encumbered with descriptions.
I really liked the nerdy references peppered throughout the book (e.g. Stargate, computer games and gaming analogies, etc.). It was an imaginative book; a fun and intriguing sci-fi universe the author created. By the end, I was ready for the next book. I won this eBook through a LibraryThing member giveaway.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Madame Diotte on Jan. 2, 2012 :
A thoroughly enjoyable novel, in a "I can't put this down until the end" way. A truly original and refreshing perspective, The characters, especially Cassandra, have a lot of depth and are suitably intriguing. I really felt for them and was moved almost to tears at one point. A truly amazing sci-fi/fantasy novel that I highly recommend!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: wayne michael on Dec. 17, 2011 :
different than most books i read. unique style and creative world(s). i hope you enjoy it as much as i have.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Madelyn Bader-DeWitt on Nov. 17, 2011 : (no rating)
I thought this looked interesting. Cassandra's diary covers her unwanted adventure into a new world and universe when she inadvertently walks through an invisible 'worm-hole' into another world. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, because the young lady in question was intelligent yet rather ordinary. There were no 'magic' know-how fixes or instant knowledge. Everything that she did had consequences, including things done to her. The society in which she finds herself, and how she deals with the issue of being a 'stray' in her new world are quite realistic and reasonable.
I'm looking forward to the next volume, and will probably purchase all three once they're available, for my granddaughters.
(reviewed 90 days after purchase)
Review by: Dave Versace on Oct. 15, 2011 :
‘Stray’ is the first volume of the three-part diary of high school student Cassandra Devlin, who stepped through a wormhole to an alien world and became friends with psychic ninjas saving the universe from interdimensional ghosts. That’s the gist of it anyway, though a short synopsis does no service whatsoever to this charming science fiction adventure. YA reader-friendly, ‘Stray’ is partly an exploration of the tribulations of the refugee and partly a good old-fashioned superhero story, albeit told from the point of view of the underpowered kid sidekick.

Cazsandra, as the aliens call her, proves herself more useful than expected to the youthful Setari (the psychic science-ninjas with cybernetic telepathy). Cass is a clever and resourceful protagonist, but she’s also lazy, often homesick and occasionally lacking in common sense (The cat! The cat!). Her struggles - to adapt to her new surroundings, to learn the local language and customs and to cope with being cooped up and monitored for science - are fascinating. Her realisation of what it will cost her to get back home is tragic.

‘Stray’ is written as a series of diary entries covering the first five months of Cassandra’s journey. The diary format may not work for some but I found it helped to have the complexity of the setting and the small army of supporting characters parcelled out into digestible chunks. As a narrative device it also provides some distance for both Cass and the reader from the more traumatic aspects of her plight, making it a lighter and more accessible read than the homesickness misery trap other stranger-in-a-strange-land stories sometimes fall into. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Jacqueline Lademann on Oct. 2, 2011 :
I loved this book. It is one of the best Sci-Fi novels I've read in ages, and I love Sci-Fi. HIGHLY recommended!!!!

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(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
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