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Book 1 of the Touchstone Trilogy.

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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June 6th, 2015
Great character development, cool mod culture references, really interesting, well thought out premise, quality prose.
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May 7th, 2015
Different setting, very good story. Well crafted characters, good use of situations. Enjoyable read, hard to put down.
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Wow! Loved it!!
March 30th, 2015
This book had me from page 1. I couldn't put it down. A lot of new concepts and names, I had to turn back sometimes to re read a page, but that only made it more fun.
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March 5th, 2015
I absolutely loved this book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series! Very enjoyable. I love being able to lose myself in a whole new world. :-)
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Great story
January 29th, 2015
I found this story to be very interesting, now I find myself wanting to buy the next book in the series.
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June 11th, 2014
Great imagination ! Don't like Cliff hangers though.
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June 3rd, 2014
This YA book presents very unusual alternatives to Earth being the only planet with human life.
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Read this!
June 9th, 2013
Awesome world building, great visuals and tons of compelling characters. I enjoyed the anime and manga references throughout. Please get a good editor to read this and correct the typos and get this distributed. Should be made into a movie ASAP.
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