Lab Rat One (Touchstone #2)
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 v ...more
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 ...more
Original review follows:
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 ...more
This review is going to be full of complaints (wrongly or not). Another thing that I'm tired of is the constant headaches and falling asleep. Then a long inner monologue about Ruuel, ...more
10th Read: 03/07/17
I'm not sure if I should continue to include the times read in the body of my review or not, thanks to the lovely new re-read function.
9th Read: 12/16/16
8th Read: 09/28/16
7th Read: 07/07/16
6th Read: 1/9/16
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 thou ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
На долю Касс выпало уже столько ужасов и кошмаров, что хочется обнять ребенка, прижать к груди и никуда не отпускать. От переживаний сгрызла себе все ногти, пальцы, ладони и почти дошла до локтей... А ей еще несколько планет спасать. Ужас! )))
У Рууэла просто железные нервы, если он все это выдержал и ни словом, ни жестом не выдал, что его это каким-то образом волнует. Вот зараза! Читать о страд ...more
And I predicted that final scene, although its - swift progression, as it were, surprised me a little. And what is tha ...more
"Ok, the world and everything is starting to make a whole lot more sense now but wow there's a lot of romantic angsting and no, not a love triangle omg !!!!!!11!! LOVE LOVE LOVE what is happening how is it the end already?!"
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 ...more
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)[deals with her cr ...more
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 ...more
Cassandra is still a lab rat, still living with the Setari but now she gets to explore Muina, their home planet.
As much as I liked the first book, I liked the second even better, because Cassandra is not so passive here and actually takes part in the action and gets in trouble. She is a more active participant in the exploration of this new planet and discovers that she has a psychic power of her own!
I loved the new planet, and Cassandra’s part in it. She gets more ...more
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 ...more
(view spoiler)[A small reservation, which hit me more during this reread than the first time: although I was very pleased to see Cass and Kaoren get together, for me everything happened so suddenly and quickly (despite Cass having had gradually growing feelings for him for so long) that ...more
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 ...more
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 One is 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 One was gewoon... WOW :)
Met dit boek gaan we op ontdekkingstocht op de planeet Muina. De planeet waar...more
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 ...more
First off, hooray for further exploration of Muina! I did like, among other things, the tantalizing hints we're given as to the disaster that led to the planet being abandoned, and as always the setting itself is beautiful. (Plus I would really, really like to know more about the Cruzatch now.) Also liked the brief glimpses we got into Ruuel's character and what life is like f ...more
(view spoiler)[Main frustration was the obsessing over Ruuel. I know the book is written diary-style so obviously concentrates more on the feelings of the person writing it than the details of what's going on everywhere in general, but I was getting really sick of the endless references to Ruuel by ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel. Her novella "Forfeit" won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella.