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The complete Touchstone Trilogy, containing "Stray", "Lab Rat One" and "Caszandra".  Rescue is only the beginning...

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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The Touchstone Trilogy
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Absolutely Brilliant
March 17th, 2015
I was fortunate enough to stumble across this gem when browsing through the free ebooks available to try out, and have since them purchased the next two in the series and have devoured all of them over the last two days. Other than a slightly rushed relationship (despite the time it took them to get together) this series is absolutely brilliant. The concept is genius and the world building is well-developed and thorough. I love the protagonist, she's both brave and realistic, and she's relatable. Cassandra's intelligent, and that shows with the way she manages to survive on Muina, but it's not unrealistic; she stumbles her way through using brains and bravery and getting herself into a lot of problems, but dealing with them brilliantly. Even when she's 'whiney' it's never intolerable, and her feelings towards the love interest when she believes they're unreciprocated show a mature approach. She doesn't sit and pine (much), but acknowledges that it wouldn't be fair to make advances, and Cass tries to manage her feelings in a very mature way. The other character's in the series are also loveable, many having an intricacy to their character and their background that many others just don't go to the effort of including. The format to this series is brilliant. Cass' diary gives us an insight into her experience when appearing on this strange world with strange people, and it's an important way of understanding her character. The only problem with this is that the climax of events felt slightly more rushed than it would have done if it had been written in third person. Other than that, however, the telling of the story through the diary was a stroke of genius. Therefore my sound conclusion in references to the Touchstone series of books is that they are absolutely brilliant, and deserve a much larger fan base. I would recommend them to anyone who likes stories of people displaced from their worlds or with an interest in fantasy, or just people who in general enjoy adventure or science fiction. Thank you, Andrea K Host, for such a brilliant series!
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I enjoyed it
February 5th, 2015
Well told story, but sometimes a bit to chic flicish. The science fiction of it was well done, and Iam sure that Iwould read more books by this author.
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