Andrea K Höst’s Touchstone series instantly took hold of my curious mind and interest in all things unknown and never let go. I absolutely loved this book, which I downloaded for free via Book Gorilla, and I was instantly hooked and knew that I had to have the complete series.
I am frugal by nature, and out of necessity due to never-ending medical bills, so I was VERY thankful when my friend (and boss) purchased the second book (Lab Rat One – Touchstone #2) and third book (Caszandra – Touchstone #3) for me, because I probably wouldn’t have splurged on them myself and had I not had them, I would’ve missed out on an amazing continuation of this unique story. I was equally elated when I discovered Gratuitous Epilogue – Touchstone Extra.
This series may have originally been written for a slightly younger target audience but it definitely has appeal for people of all ages. I am not usually a lover of the sci-fi genre but I have always loved all things paranormal and this book has a little of both. Written in the form of the main character’s diary, the format is different from anything that I had read before and I found it very appealing, intelligent, easy, and fun to read.
Here is a summary of Stray from Goodreads:
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?