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Lab Rat One

(Touchstone #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,043 ratings  ·  170 reviews
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 v
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Published June 29th 2011 by 232
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May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers, kindle
4/18/18-re-read. I just love this series so much! I really needed it now and can’t wait to read the fifth book! SO GOOD!!!

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
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
July 2018: Love, love, love. This world has grown on me so much. I really appreciate how the first book is this narrow story of Cass learning more about her new world, and once she becomes more comfortable and accepts her place in it, the world widens. Kolar - Muina - The Hidden War: it's impressive stuff. And because of the groundwork laid in book one, she also has more of a support system in place to help her face everything. I mean, it's Plotting 101, but it's also good writing.

Ahhhhhh THAT ENDING - !!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

On to Book 3. :)
Carolyn F.
Oh my gosh - this book is driving me bananas!! Ruuel this and Ruuel that and waking up thinking of Ruuel and what is Ruuel doing. I swear that his name is mentioned at least every other paragraph of this book. I know the author wants us to realize that Ruuel is important but this is ridiculous, even for a teenager!!

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,
Dichotomy Girl
Thanks to Goodreads Reread function I no longer have to mark in my review that this is the millionth time I'm reading this...

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
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
Intisar Khanani
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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,
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
О-о-о, вторая книга просто не отпускает. Хорошо, что я на больничном была и могла читать, не отрываясь.
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
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of portal science fantasy and quiet girl heroines
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy author
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
3rd re-read. Still just as good. It totally needs to be a Japanese TV series.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
stream-of-consciousness review:
"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
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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)
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aliens, ya, sci-fi
4.5 stars (because vindication)

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
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Emily Leathers
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cass’s voice remains as engaging as ever, and this Touchstone installment takes the story in some really surprising directions. It continues to be such fun to watch Cass as she learns more about what she can do.

(view spoiler)
!!! 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!
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, ya
Hahaha - I KNEW it.

And I bet those who have read this know exactly what I mean.

Must go and start Caszandra now, more later.
In the Touchstone series, Cass has been forcibly conscripted to an alien war because of her unheard of psychic augmenting ability. Most people I think would seriously consider returning back to earth by the 2nd book when your life has been put in risk several times at the benefit of the aliens. She is not a solider or a citizen but they treat her like lab rat, undergoing a battery of life threatening tests and she is fully cognizant of this. But given the opportunity to return home , and having ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
/cronches through these books rapidly

idle thoughts:
-i come back to thinking about cassandra, the lone "white" girl (as we would define based on earth's racial disparities) amongst many "asian" people and well. at least she never describes any of them as having almond eyes.
-there's a lot to this story that probably reads as mary sue type stuff (and perhaps, me-of-another-age would dismiss it for that reason), but i dunno. that is true and it works for me (in spite of? because?). i think wish fulf
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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

Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Much of what I have to say about this series as a whole I already covered in the first book, so let's just jump right in.

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
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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. Her novella "Forfeit" won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella.

Other books in the series

Touchstone (5 books)
  • Stray (Touchstone, #1)
  • Caszandra (Touchstone, #3)
  • Gratuitous Epilogue (Touchstone, #4)
  • In Arcadia (Touchstone, #5)
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