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Stray (Touchstone Book 1) (English Edition) par [Höst, Andrea K.]
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On her last day of high school, Cassandra Devlin walked out of exams and into a forest. Surrounded by the wrong sort of trees, and animals never featured in any nature documentary, Cass is only sure of one thing: alone, she will be lucky to survive.

The sprawl of abandoned blockish buildings Cass discovers offers her only more puzzles. Where are the people? What is the intoxicating mist which drifts off the buildings in the moonlight? And why does she feel like she's being watched?

Increasingly unnerved, Cass is overjoyed at the arrival of the formidable Setari. Whisked to a world as technologically advanced as the first was primitive, where nanotech computers are grown inside people's skulls, and few have any interest in venturing outside the enormous whitestone cities, Cass finds herself processed as a 'stray', a refugee displaced by the gates torn between worlds. Struggling with an unfamiliar language and culture, she must adapt to virtual classrooms, friends who can teleport, and the ingrained attitude that strays are backward and slow.

Can Cass ever find her way home? And after the people of her new world discover her unexpected value, will they be willing to let her leave?

Biographie de l'auteur

Andrea K Höst is an Australian writer of fantasy and science fantasy.

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Faire de la SF avec un journal intime de jeune fille, il fallait oser, Andrea Höst l'a fait !

La fraicheur et l'invention :
J'ai trouvé ce livre facile d'accès, intelligent, plein de fraicheur et d'un anglais très abordable. C'est souvent drôle, l'héroïne est très sympathique et elle ne geint pas trop. Globalement le ton du récit m'a beaucoup plu.
Le rythme donné par les entrées dans le journal est plutôt réussi.
L'univers est bien pensé, très original. L'idée des portes sur les différents espaces est très bien amenée. Il manque peut être un peu de détails techniques, culturels et politiques pour donner au background une solidité à toute épreuve, mais c'est déjà très bien, pour de la SF YA. De fille en plus. (C'est à ce moment là que je joue ma carte "intouchable", personne ne peut donc m'envoyer de pierres pendant deux années terrestres).

Girlie / Girlier / Girliest : cette lecture m'a aussi parfois agacé. Si, si.
- Le versant hormonal des écrits de la jeune fille m'a fait bailler d'ennui / de sidération (avec comme sommet les pages de panégyrique sur Ru-uel).
- Le rythme du récit retombe un peu au milieu du livre, essentiellement à cause d'entrées dans le journal un peu répétitives.
- Quelques facilités et incohérences (le nombre d'examens médicaux subi par "Caszandra" me semble peu crédible, le fait d'avoir comme priorité, en situation de survie, de confectionner une couverture avec de la laine de mouton également).
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C'est l'histoire de Cassandra, qui la veille de la fin des exams de fin d'année (fin du lycée), tourne au coin de la rue pour rentrer chez elle et... tombe sur un autre monde. L'auteur boucle cela en une ou deux pages, et on marche. Après avoir paniqué/pleuré (ce qu'elle nous épargne en tant que longueurs dans son journal intime, bien qu'elle souligne avoir traversé de nombreuses phases de ce type), Cassandra la pragmatique va essayer de survivre.

Cassandra est Australienne (très nombreuses références dans le roman, et très bon présage pour moi, j'ai adoré tous les romans de fantasy australiens qui ont croisé mes yeux), elle connaît la nature et est très méthodique. Cours d'eau, animaux, étoiles, tests pour la nourriture, etc. Elle ne fait rien de glamour mais réussit à survivre.

Un jour, on la retrouve. "On" étant une autre civilisation, cependant très proches par de nombreux aspects à la civilisation terrienne (un peu trop même à mon goût, à part la forme des WC et les douches, tout semble à peu près comme sur Terre, ce qui paraît douteux). Nous allons découvrir cette civilisation à travers ses yeux (trop court passage à mes yeux chez l'anthropologue). Cependant, on en apprend plus sur les divertissements et le sport de cette civilisation que sur son économie et sa politique (bon, on va plaider que c'est logique avec les centres d'intérêts classiques d'une ado de 18 ans).

Rapidement, Cassandra va se retrouver au sein d'une unité d'élite, car par sa simple présence elle peut se rendre très utile pour eux.
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Acheté, lu et aimé ce livre, et sa suite. Maintenant c'est malin, j'attends le troisième tome (qui devrait arriver dans un mois ou deux). L'histoire et les personnages (dont Cassandra), tout comme le style sont prenants, bref un livre que je n'hésiterais pas à conseiller ni à des ados, ni même à ces adultes (dont moi) qui apprécient le genre YA.
Toutefois, un rappel : Il est en anglais, et pas forcément d'un niveau accessible à nos lycéens français non bilingues. Encore deux autres choses qui pourraient vous déstabiliser : le format en journal intime retrace très bien les états d'âmes de la narratrice, mais rebute certains, et d'autre part, l'auteur étant australienne, la culture tout comme le vocabulaire peuvent être en dehors de vos habitudes. Pour moi c'était au contraire assez dépaysant, mais chacun ses gouts.
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4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read all 3, plus a bit, books, they are worth it. 10 janvier 2016
Par L. Pajot - Publié sur Amazon.com
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While I generally steer clear of books that just stop, to be continued in the next book, I think this series is split into 3, and a bit, books because of the length of the story. There weren't really any places to wrap up things into a complete story in each volume. Kinda like the Lord of the Rings, in that you really can't read any of them as stand alone books, they are just 3 parts of a whole.
It's long but truly worth it.

As for the story, I loved it. I hadn't read anything like it and I am a Sci/Fi Fantasy nut, so that's saying a lot!
Excellent world building and character involvement.
While the characters are young they don't come across as teens or young people. Cass is very well rounded and while just graduating from high school is quite mature, and yet still not an adult in all things. Yeah there are times she can be a bit moody or whining, she recognizes it and keeps going on with life, putting that part aside afterwards. No one going through what she goes through wouldn't be unhappy and sometimes whiny.
I felt a lot of empathy with her, as I'd have dealt with a lot of what she now has to deal with in similar ways. I'm over 50, so that says something for her maturity.
Other reviews will go into the book and the characters etc in more depth, I just wanted to say that I loved the series, loved that the author wrapped it up and in the Gratuitous Epilogue pulled it all together and let us know how the rest of their lives would likely continue.
Thank you Andrea for writing this.
There are a few typos, and sometimes the wording is odd, or seems to leave out a word here or there, but they were rare and didn't bother me too much. Sometimes I think it was just a language thing between the authors home language and the Aussie variations in the english language. It didn't affect my enjoyment at all.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Scifi YA story with NO love triangle. YAY! 16 octobre 2016
Par Jane - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Disclaimer: The following review was originally posted on my book blog The Book Challengers (link in bio).

Goodreads recommended this book to me due to my love of The Last Hour of Gann and while I must admit that I really enjoyed this freebie (so much so that I already got my hands on part 2), I don't really see how these two books can really be compared. The Last Hour of Gann is brutal, it's full of violence and things you normally wouldn't want to read about. Stray, on the other hand, is a story in a diary format of a girl who somehow stumbles into a parallel world/universe through a wormhole. There's some violence, but due to the diary format it seems pretty meek and it would be an exaggeration to call it graphic.

The world our heroine Cassandra stumbles into is a truly wondrous scifi world. At first it doesn't seem all that wondrous, but then she's rescued by an alien race (I am still wondering if it's the best word to use here) who are pretty humanoid, but differ from humans in some slight ways. For instance, they have these special abilities they use to fight the bad guys. Their society is pretty advanced in a way - everyone has an integrated interface in their brains that allows you to change the way buildings look like around you, allows you to attend school in your head, send e-mails, contact someone directly, and this interface also allows the government to record everything you do. Kind of cool, but also kind of creepy or what?

But what I really liked about our heroine Cass was the fact that she didn't whine, she didn't cry at every obstacle (or at the very least she didn't write it down), she tried to make the best of the situation she was in, and most of all, she was a realistic girl with realistic expectations of the world she had stumbled into. Plus, it didn't hurt that there was no instant love-triangle thingy going on. Sure, there were a few hints about a possible romance or two, but nothing further than "this guy is kind of cute". Also, I adored the fact that she really struggled in learning the new language (just like Amber did...).

On to the next one!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Höst surprised and delighted me a lot 20 avril 2015
Par Bard Bloom - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Stray (Touchstone book 1) by Andrea K. Höst surprised and delighted me a lot.

If I write a quick sketch description, it sounds endlessly stereotypical and privileged and dull. Cass is an ordinary high school student, but one day she gets whisked into another dimension, an abandoned world (Muina) of mystery and magic moonlight. She gets rescued from that by some seriously attractive psychic warriors her own age, especially the super-hot strong silent Ruuel. She is taken to a third world, Tare, where she discovers that she has an unique psychic power. She helps the psychic soldiers explore Muina, and turns out to have another ancient secret gift that make the world safe for them. It's even got some of the really tedious tropes: One of her eyes gets changed to mysterious different colors, and she acquires a pet spectral magic cat.

That's all true and that's a pretty good plot synopsis. But Stray is absolutely wonderful. It's got all those tropes, but they're done *right*, in creative ways that make them interesting and troublesome plot points rather than making Cass into Mary Sue. Nothing feels forced. The colored eyes? Probably damage or side effects from one of the powerful tech/psychic/magic things she's exposed to. The magic cat? Perhaps an alien monster spy or something. The unique psychic power? She can enhance other peoples' psychic powers, but she can't do anything on her own. The hunky super-psychic soldier Ruuel? Regards her as an asset more than a person.

Cass doesn't seem privileged: she's not The Chosen One from the beginning of the story, or even from the end. She's sometimes a minor problem for the Tarens, and sometimes a medium-sized advantage, and usually both. They're not so much worshipping her and expecting her to fulfill some prophecy as — running lots of experiments on her and trying to figure out what's going on. She's not The Chosen One. She's Lab Rat One. (And writes that on her clothes in magic marker, too.)

The story is written as Cass's diary. It's in English and nobody on Tare speaks English. (Cass's command of the Taren language is pretty shaky, and the Tarens initially think she's stupid because she can't talk.) She's got a delicious snarky style. Cass has some really awful experiences — e.g., being stranded on Muina and trying with limited success to figure out which fruits aren't poisonous — but she manages to keep her diary witty even when she's obviously miserable. She doesn't take herself too seriously, despite becoming a valuable pawn in a complicated confusing game. But she doesn't underplay how serious the situation is, either.

Five mystery ghost cats out of five for _Stray_. I just zooped out and bought the other three books of the trilogy. (Yes, it's a four-book trilogy. Book four is named "Gratuituous Epilogue", and evidently shows how the characters get on after the trilogy is over. Evidently the fightiest scene in it is a snowball fight.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Engaging read 20 décembre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book was written in journal style, meaning the character wrote down her experiences after they had happened. I found this to be as fascinating as the premise of the book, where the main character, Cassandra, finds herself stepping from Earth onto another planet. After being stranded on a deserted world for a while, she writes that she has doubts about her sanity, and yet all the while sets and keeps moving toward a goal. When she finds a deserted city, she settles in and sees about exploring things around her some more. While she's doing that, she has some interesting experiences with the environment and fauna of the new world, until she's rescued by humanoid aliens who aren't at all surprised to see her.

Cassandra struggles to learn the new language after receiving a computer interface and is tested by the aliens and found to be far less intelligent than she actually is. When they discover she has the unique psychic ability of enhancing the powers of others, she's whisked back to a military facility for more extensive testing. While that's happening, she faces the frustration of being treated like no more than a lab rat because of her communication difficulties, and after finally communicating that to one of her handlers, things do improve for her.

Things come to a head when it's discovered that Cass is immune to a mysterious mist that poisons the others of the planet she finds herself on, though her DNA is near enough to theirs that the aliens believe their peoples were the same in the distant past.

I love scifi and found this to be an excellent read. It's a little confusing at first, but I think being thrown from your world and into another should be confusing when the story is told from the first person point of view, and things become clearer to the reader as they do to the character in the book. I also love that this is a full-length novel, not an installment book where one book is broken into multiple pieces, nor is it a never-ending story, where one book's plot is dragged out over multiple volumes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly recommend 7 décembre 2013
Par SakiBasenji - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Usually, I am not a huge fan of books written in journal-entry format. I always have to force myself past the fact that there is no way a character can remember the details of their days with such clarity and detail. BUT - this book (the whole series, really) is a fantastic exception. Because the main character is able to review visual logs of her days, she can record her journal entries as if they're happening as you read them. The author finally found a way to make this writing style work!

The books (the whole series) are enjoyable and fun to read. I ended up buying the second and third book in the series after finishing the first one, which I found on a free list. This doesn't happen often - most of the free books I pick up, I can't even finish because of typos, grammatical errors, and unbelievable characters. Again, NO PROBLEMS with this in Andrea Host's books. I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but I still enjoyed her work and the detail she put into creating her worlds.

Overall, I highly recommend the series.
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