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Lab Rat One (Touchstone #2)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  1,226 ratings  ·  122 reviews
In the months since Cassandra Devlin walked 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 al
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Published June 29th 2011 by 232
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4.5 stars but I'm giving it 5 to make up for having rounded down the last time.

Okay, at this point I don't think anyone, least of all me, expects an unbiased review for this one. I won't even try, so I'll just keep it (relatively) short. This is my third Andrea Höst book and there's something about the way she writes that just clicks right in my head. Does she make mistakes? Is she the best writer on the whole planet? Does she prepare good sandwiches? I.just.don't.know.

This is like when you hear
Second book of only, unfortunately, a trilogy. I picked up the first book because it was offered for free on the Kindle and read it because a friend of mine did the same thing and read it and LOVED it. She raved so much, I moved it up in my queue of books to read and then immediately picked up the rest of the trilogy and the "Gratuitous Epilogue". One of the rare times I have been thankful for an eReader so I could indulge in instant gratification. Also one of the rare times a free book on Kindl ...more
Intisar Khanani
My favorite thing: One of the newly-introduced secondary characters is named Inisar. Can I just say that I have been called this so many times that I burst out laughing and had an immediate connection with this guy? I so wish he had a bigger role in the story (though he may yet in Book 3).

I enjoyed this second book in the Touchstone series almost as much as Book 1 -- Cass is the kind of person who rolls with the punches. She doesn't make a big fuss except when she really has to, and even then,
This one is initially the same old, same old, predictable story, but the dream revelation shook it up quite a bit. Interestingly, the writing is strongest when Cass is afraid. She comes across as more human, as less of an impartial narrator of a strange world. I really liked those scenes - they were exactly the right sort of disturbing - and I loved the leak. Way to break it up.

And I predicted that final scene, although its - swift progression, as it were, surprised me a little. And what is tha
Jan 19, 2013 Estara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of portal science fantasy and quiet girl heroines
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy author
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Sep 24, 2011 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone, esp. fans of science fantasy
Shelves: ebook
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 ou ...more
Mark Edwards

Like any good sequel, Lab Rat One raises the stakes from the first book, deepens the characters but continues to deliver solid worldbuilding, exciting action and fully-realized characters. This is definitely a series that does not suffer from ‘saggy middle’. Cassandra begins to develop powers of her own, in a slow and painful kind of way. Her relationships also deepen.

She also must deal with unwanted fame and the unending surveillance of the Tare State. Still a virtual prisoner, Cassandra tries
This book was even better than the first one. I finished it and immediately purchased the third in the series.

I loved Cass's development throughout this book. I loved the insights into the Setari, and the gradually unfolding plot line, and more than anything, I really enjoyed the diary style writing. Cassandra is such a likeable protagonist, who just gets on with life despite the awful situations she finds herself in.

A particular highlight for me was the way she (view spoiler)
Emily Leathers
Oct 30, 2011 Emily Leathers rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, especially people who like world building and stories that are hard to anticipate
Congratulations Ms Host!

Most middle-books-in-a-trilogy seem to be the low point of the story. Book one is shiny and new, book three has a climactic conclusion to the tale, but book two just sits in the middle trying to keep everything going. Not so with Lab Rat One. The interesting twists keep coming, and we delve deeper into the world of the Muinans and their history.

There's more boy-watching in this book than the first, but it's still not *romance*. In fact, the object of the protagonist's cr
Again, I'm just so conflicted about how to rate or review this series. On the one hand... It's sort of boring.

No, wait, that's not quite right.

The story is interesting and clever and quite a mystery. Yet, again, I hate that it's written as a diary because it lacks fire and emotion and a sense that characters are fragile and something bad can happen to them. You always know everything is basically going to be okay because if anything truly bad had happened, the main character wouldn't be able t
Laura (Kyahgirl)
5/5; 5 stars; A+

This was a great instalment in the Touchstone Trilogy. We learned more about Cassandra's psychic talents and the ongoing war against the lonoth and massives. The mystery of the planet Muina and various evil goings on was expanded. I really enjoyed the further development of Cassandra's character as well as those around her. I found her obsessing over her love interest really annoying but the context of an 18 year old it was probably a pretty accurate representation of what she wo
Dichotomy Girl
I seriously read this series entirely too much, it's a weird comfort food thing, when I'm sick or melancholy or bored. This is a new record for me though, I don't think I ever read an entire series again in less than 3 months. That's just weird, even for me. I think because this series (and Höst's writing in general) is so intricate and complex that it never gets old...)

4th Read: 5/31/2015
3rd Read: 3/3/2015
2nd Read: 08/28/14
Original Read: 02/7/14
Without reading Stray, the first book in the Touchstone Trilogy, the following review may not make much sense and will likely spoil some of its developments!

Lab Rat One improves on its predecessor, Stray, and is my favorite of the Touchstone Trilogy. While most sequels falter by failing to raise the stakes set up in the first volume, Lab Rat One builds upon its foundation. Cass’s friendships with the Setari strengthen, the crumbling of the spaces make the Ena more dangerous, and Cass’s minor rom
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Wow, WOW en nog een keer WOOOW! Normaal gesproken is de regel dat vervolgen me minder boeien dan eerste delen. De nieuwigheid is er dan een beetje af. Lab Rat Oneis echter een hele dikke vette uitzondering, oftewel: WOOOW! Ik ben nu nog bij aan het komen van deze leeservaring en het kan zijn dat ik een beetje aan het stamelen ben, maar Lab Rat Onewas gewoon... WOW :)

Met dit boek gaan we op ontdekkingstocht op de planeet Muina. De planeet waar C

Smoothly continuing the story from part 1 (Stray). Mostly well paced and descriptive, though a few frustrating bits. Enjoyed learning more about the planet Muina but wish there had been more on that.

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Rating - Solid 4 Stars
Another great book in the touchstone trilogy!
Couldn't put this one down either and read it even faster than book one, definitely addicted to this story.
I have started book three already and am eager to get back to it so I will make this one quick.
Just as good as book one, in fact I really feel like this trilogy reads more like one big book rather than three separate ones - as the author describes, a diary in three parts.
One thing I didn't talk about in my review of book one
A bit more angsty than Stray, Lab Rat One deals more with Cassandra's interpersonal relationships as she integrates further into the Setari community. The book blurb does a pretty good job of setting the stage for this chapter of the Touchstone series. It was fun to see Cassandra coming more into her own and exploring her growing abilities as a Touchstone. I am so happy with these books.

I was really pleased that this book picks up right where Stray leaves off- both event wise and in writing
I read through the whole series in a weekend, but Lab Rat One is my favorite of all three books, possibly because, in spite of Cass's never-ending trips to medical, this story really is of Cass's journey from being simply "the stray" to being "Caszandra" to the Setari, who endure a lot of guard duty & "babysitting" where she is concerned. It was very satisfying to see, through Cass's eyes, the way she is slowly enveloped and accepted by most of her companions. And I absolutely love that roma ...more
This is the second book in the touchstone series and after reading "stray", the first book...I didn't think this one could be as good. I was wrong. This is a really good read. I don't generally like science fiction, but these books are so much more than that. You become wrapped up in Cazandras new world. Ok it's not a world that could be real...or could it? The way the author writes makes this world totally believable. If you want to be these books. The writing style makes this ...more
Amelia Chameleon
I came across the first book in this series and enjoyed it so much that I was actually EXCITED to download the next volume and get reading. Once again, I was thoroughly impressed! I loved the development of the story and the characters. I even appreciate the way that the author handles the numerous characters and cities and other SciFi terminology -- lots of subtle reminders of who everyone is, which was HELPFUL for a non-SciFi reader like myself. There is a glossary of terms in the back of the ...more
Already said I love this series right ? I can't say if it's because of the writing, the world, the characters or anything. I just love it.

That is all.
This was a very good continuation from Stray, showing the continued discoveries and growth of Cass. The story continues to grow into new environments and skills they discover. I felt like the plot was well-paced and interesting.

Lab Rat One visited some very interesting ideas about military privacy in the media and their involvement with each other. While I thought Stray was middle school or intermediate appropriate, Lab Rat One definitely took a high school turn with some sexy times at the end o
Anne Southwark
Jun 02, 2015 Anne Southwark rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one
If there's one thing I'm a sucker for, it's a sequel. At least, I'm a sucker if the leading novel has a decently interesting premise and provided any surprising or and curiosity-building suspense.

This is one of the sequels that let me down. I kept telling myself, "oh, well, the author is shoving in so many characters with confusingly similar names and indistinguishable roles to keep me mired in Cass' mental state as a confused and helpless outsider." But when a reader is forced to go to the incl
Still really enjoying this series, although the obsession with her crush (while super realistic *cringe*) did get a bit annoying to read about. Thankfully, the crush angst was offset by a lot of action and other cool things happening. I am so glad that the plot isn't advanced by her doing something super stupid or not telling people important info in a stupid way. She keeps some things to herself, but they are never dangerous things. She chafes at her diminished freedom and having bodyguards and ...more
The premise is simple - Cassandra is walking home from school after exams, turns the corner and finds herself on a different planet! She copes with the shock very capably, but city dweller that she is, she has to learn how to survive in a harsh landscape and is malnourished when she is found by a friendly species. Cassandra is a funny, complex young woman with a pleasant outlook on life. She is a typical teenager with a good head on her shoulders and we cheer for her to adapt to her new surround ...more
Very much like the first part.

The "spaces" play less of a role in this one, with Cass spending more time in the "real space" of Tare and Muina and not being sent on rotation with the various squads. There were some moments when the squads were brought together to fight massive ionoths that felt very much like an episode of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion anime (which will mean nothing to anyone who hasn't seen it), with the same desperate quality of knowing that though they may neutralise
I so rarely rush out and buy a sequel to a book, but in this case, I was so enthralled I had to. My husband kept shooting me weird looks because I was so torn over pushing the 'buy with 1-click' button. Anyhow, what's done is done and I LOVED this book!

Same narration style - 1st person, diary entries. The author breaks down the chapters a lot less, simply going by months instead of every single entry. This made the table of contents less overwhelming, though it freaked me out since the book seem
Laura Navello
WTF was that ending?!!?! That escalated really really quickly, we had absolutely no hint that this would happen. (view spoiler) ...more
!!! Really pretty stoked after that ending. Very happy with this second installment in the series. Not at all the let down of most YA trilogy book twos. The plot advanced in major ways, the romance (or longing for thereof) was about as non angsty as you could hope for, and the heroine remains pretty thoughtful and awesome. Excited to finish it up!
The second book in the Touchstone Series takes up immediately where the first book left off. While the first book could stand on its own fairly well, this one is very transitional with more plot build up, more threads being opened up, and very little (except Cass's relationship) being resolved. Again, more questions than answers.

I found so many of the characters, and storylines engaging. I still like Cass very much as a viewpoint character.

I did start getting a tiny bit annoyed with the romanti
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Born in Sweden and raised in Australia, Andrea K Höst currently lives in Sydney. She writes fantasy, but wanders occasionally into science fantasy.

Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.
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