An interesting take on "alien" cultures and the trials of a girl from Earth (Cass) as she encounters them.(view spoiler)[Cass steps out of school, through a "gate" in space and onto another planet. Managing to survive on skills she's only seen on TV or read about, she's eventually rescued by the Tare, a human-like race (genetically almost identical) apparently originally from the planet she was stranded on, but no longer living there. They are unsurprised to see her as they are used to dealing with "strays" that come from other plantets through gates as she did.
She's injected with nanotech, which forms a kind of internet interface in her head and has to struggle with learning a totally unfamiliar language, how to interact with this new interface, the strange talent amplification effect she seems to have on people and all the poking and prodding and medical tests that seem to go with all this.
Eventually she starts going on missions with the "psychic ninja" Setari squads, travelling through more gates to other "spaces" where dangerous creatures called Ionoth roam. To start with, she's purely there to help amplify others talents but a heroic rescue by her of some of the squads sets off many more questions and investigations into why things seem to affect her differently. (hide spoiler)]
The story is well-paced, giving enough detail about everyday life for Cass, without being detail-heavy. It's nice to have a female character that isn't to the extremes of being completely depressed and whingy, nor is super-ok and almost ignoring what's happened. She has been written with a nice balance - vulnerable and homesick (without the feeling of getting too bogged down in this) but trying to make the best out of what's happening at any given time, even if it doesn't work out quite as expected.
Reminds me a little of Acorna from Anne McCaffrey's books, but Cass and the worlds she explores are very definitely their own story.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>