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This review is from: Stray (Touchstone) (Kindle Edition)I have very mixed feelings about this book. I'm an avid reader who usually plows through books very quickly, but this one took me several days to get through. It put me to sleep, literally, three nights in a row. That said, it wasn't an awful book. I'm partially wondering if it's the science fiction/fantasy genre because I often have trouble sinking my teeth into hardcore scifi/fantasy novels. I was expecting this to be geared more towards teenagers, but it definitely isn't as light and easy to read as most teen books.
The plot is slow moving. I don't know if that's because of the whole journal thing (the entire novel is the main character's journal), or if it's just because the plot was a little boring. The first half of the book was especially boring. The main character (Cass) somehow teleports to an uninhabited planet where she spends many many chapters acting like Tom Hanks in Cast Away. I was sick to death of reading about wool and making blankets by the end of it. Eventually Cass gets rescued by humans from another planet and she is taken to their planet.
After her rescue, she is treated like a lab rat and goes through a bunch of medical tests and random other tests where they discover that by touching her, Cass can enhance the powers of their military-ish "squads" of paranormal people (mostly in their early 20's and younger). The book then goes on for many many MANY chapters of training, and swimming, and Cass passing out, etc etc. There are a few times where she is taken on space missions which confused the heck out of me. After slowly reading this entire book and reading the glossary a few times, I still don't quite understand what Ena, spaces, Ddura, Ionath, the gates, deep space, etc are. There is one scene where Cass somehow ends up sorta back on Earth, but not really, and I have no clue what the heck happened.
The end of the book gets a little more interesting as Cass develops a crush on one of the squad captains and they complete a mission to the former home planet of the alien humans. I enjoy the last 20% of the book far more than the first 80%. I'm giving it 3 stars because it's not terrible, but it definitely takes some time and effort to get through this book. At this point, I'm unsure if I want to bother buying the sequel.
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Initial post: Jun 29, 2012 9:53:00 PM PDT
It's kind of nice to see that I wasn't the only one who finished the book still really not understanding what was going on with everything.
And yes, that Earth scene seemed like a big development that kind of just fizzled out into nothing. I expected Cass to start trying to figure out a way back to Earth and her family (considering it seemed like she really wanted to go home) instead of just kind of letting it go and going back to being a 'lab rat' without much fuss.
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