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Lab Rat One (Touchstone Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Andrea K Höst
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Book Description

Part 2 of the Touchstone trilogy:

In the months since Cassandra Devlin walked off Earth onto another planet, she has grappled with everything from making blankets to helping psychics battle the memories of monsters. Not able to find a way home, she has instead gained friends and a purpose. Unfortunately, that purpose brings with it the pressure of being more than a little valuable, and those she has befriended are also her guards, ordered to explore and control her abilities to find out just what it is a touchstone can do.

Test subject was not the career path Cass had been planning.

With no privacy, too-frequent injuries, and the painful knowledge that she must always be an assignment to her Setari companions, Cass can only wish for some semblance of normality and control.

And as her abilities become more and more dangerous, tests and training may be the only thing capable of protecting Cass from herself.

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About the Author

Andrea K Höst is an Australian author writing fantasy and science fantasy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1313 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Andrea K Hösth (June 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058VFO1G
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  • Lending: Enabled
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting.. July 3, 2011
By Ende
Format:Kindle Edition
I literally spent the entire day reading "Stray" and this sequel (I'm very lucky I didn't pick up the first book until after part 2 was released!). I couldn't put them down--Andrea K Host writes the type of books that are just up my alley: character-driven stories with an internally coherent structure (as in, the author's put some thought into creating a consistent world) with strong female leads (yes, I'm female and kind of biased towards female leads) and a touch of romance. Though this series gets off to a somewhat slow and awkward start (have to get used to the diary format, after all, and reading about her by herself on a deserted world isn't the most interesting part by far), everything was smooth going by the second book.

The good:
--Cass is a very realistic average teenager; her reactions to the new worlds and experiences she encounters seem, in my mind, appropriate (as do the occasional curse words and mentions of sex and drinking--I'd have a much harder time seeing Cass as real if all these "baddies" were avoided completely).
--The author's writing is fluid enough to let me just sink into the story without being jarred by a poorly articulated description or awkward dialogue--you can tell she put a great deal of time into polishing the story.
--The diary format, believe it or not. I know from the reviews of "Stray" that many just didn't take to it, but I think it allows the author to do interesting things with the story. After all, even when stories are told in first person, a bit of the omniscient narrator tends to sneak in, with the main character noticing far more than real people likely would.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So enjoyable October 10, 2011
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I had no idea when I was browsing the recommended sci-fi books that I would find a series I love so much. I can't wait for book three to come out, but in the meantime, I'll probably re-read the first two books a couple times.

The characters in the Touchstone series are so well defined. One of my favorite authors is Stephen King, not because I love horror books, but because his characters are so real, so believable. I feel the same way about the characters in this series. I feel like Cass could be a real person. Her emotions seem like they are exactly what mine would be, if I happened into her situation. The supporting characters are just a real, and I really grew to like some of them.

What I love so much about Lab Rat One is the development that Cass goes through, both internally, and as a part of a group. Her powers are finally becoming "real" and the work involved in understanding them is interesting and sometimes difficult to read. She struggles at times, but the rewards seem to be worth it.

I'm really curious how book 3 will play out. Will they find a way to send her home, and if so, will she take it? With Lab Rat One ending the way it did, will that be reason enough to stay, if she is given the choice?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read October 2, 2011
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I really enjoyed the second part of this series and can't wait for part 3. The plot is quick and just keeps getting more and more interesting, and the main character keeps getting more and more likeable as well. (She was likeable before, but I enjoy her even more at the end of this book than I did at the end of the first book.) Read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly well-written series - highly recommended! September 24, 2011
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In this sequel to "Stray," Höst continues the Touchstone series with Cassandra having become a sort of honorary member of the Setari - the group of psychic talents who fight the Ionoth in the Ena - due to her enhancing abilities. However, she has also assisted in re-opening Muina, the planet on which she had found herself way back at the beginning, to allow Tarens back onto the planet. It seems she has a whole range of talents and abilities that are extremely rare and all planets that started out with refugees from Muina wants her to come live with them. She is drawn to Ruuel, however, the captain of Fourth Squad, and also feels obligated to the Tarens for saving her, so she chooses to stay and help them. Will she be able to survive and learn to control her talents?

Many "bridging" novels in trilogies end up bogged down - not this one! It moves at a good pace and continues building on the characters met before, as well as introducing us to new one. I am incredibly impressed with this series and am looking forward to the third book in the series, which Andrea K Höst has told me is tentatively scheduled for release as early as November, 2011. If you haven't read "Stray" and "Lab Rat One" yet, be sure to do so as quickly as possible, and then watch for "Caszandra" and get it as soon as it comes out. You will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! November 2, 2011
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Loved these books, bordering on obsession : I've already re-read them another 2 times in my impatience for November 25th to get here to read the conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not so much a Lab Rat anymore? September 19, 2011
One of my complaints about Stray, the first book, was that we see so little of the world outside of the Setari compound once Cass is sent there to train/live/be tested. That's mostly resolved in this book, though we still see much more of the entertainment side of things then the actual society. Cass is a catalyzing effect for the entire planet--politically, culturally, medically, you name it and Cass in some way effects it. For parts of the book Cass is detached from this; due to the nature of her living arrangements and her abilities she doesn't spend much time with others.

Some of that changes. With news of her being leaked and her life being used as a publicity stunt things begin to boil over for both Cass and her Setari friends. It got a bit tedious though whenever Cass would decide to become stronger, or healthier or more productive only to get horribly sick or lost or a flare up of her powers making things go crazy. It felt like Cass never got better. I'm not sure if Host is doing this on purpose, leading up to something life-altering in the third (and final) book Caszandra or if its just really plot convenient to keep her constantly at health risk.

Occasionally Cass would lapse into what seemed like perfect Taren, but overall she still had many of the language difficulties she faced in the first book. An expansion of her powers affords her the opportunity to show her friends more of Earth (or Urth), which kind of cracked me up. Host peppers both books with a lot of pop cultural references, some of which I get (Johnny Depp! Doctor Who!) and some of which I think are more Australian based and out of the scope of my understanding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fascinating!
Andrea Host is an excellent storyteller! This was even better than the first, pulling you into another place effortlessly and entwining one into the lives of the characters quite... Read more
Published 19 days ago by John S Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!
As someone with a severely short attention span, I have never been an avid reader. In my 37 years on this Earth, only a handful of books have kept my attention and this series is... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ginny Gundlach
5.0 out of 5 stars That continuation
The first book was slow reading because of introducing characters. Not this one. Had trouble putting it down so looking forward a rd to book 3
Published 1 month ago by Jeri C. Hastings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the entire Touchstone series. Great read.
Published 1 month ago by Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Expect to be glued excellent follow up!
Lab rat one is the follow up to stray. In this second diary of Cassandra's new life we go on a few roller coster rides as she learns more about what she is and how the world of her... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JennAB
5.0 out of 5 stars I got the first one free but paid good money for the rest
I got the first one free but paid good money for the rest. It was that good, with details and characterizations well thought out and plausible.
Published 2 months ago by A. J. Wischmeyer
4.0 out of 5 stars second in trilogy
Continues the adventures of Cass in a world that exists beyond gates between the worlds. We learn more about the problems of her rescuers and more about Cass's powers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. P. McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really, really wanna get this as an audiobook.
I love this series and am trying desperately to get the author to make it into an audible book.
Published 3 months ago by I dislike doing reviews.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ending
I really didn't see that denouement. It does bring the whole story to almost a mythic level. This "setup" makes the continuation of the "drama " irresistible. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DENJOH
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
A SF YA novel not set in a dystopia! Charming young protagonist, realistic problems being a stranger in a strange land.
Published 4 months ago by Beth A.
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More About the Author

Andrea K Höst was born in Sweden but raised in Australia - mainly in Townsville, Queensland. She now lives in Sydney.

Andrea writes fantasy and science fantasy, and enjoys creating stories set in worlds which slightly skew our social expectations, and most especially give her female characters something more to do than wait for rescue.

Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Awards for best fantasy novel, while her novel "And All the Stars" was a finalist for both the 2012 Aurealis Awards and 2012 Cybils Awards.

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