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  • Series: Zenn Scarlett (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908844876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908844873
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Christian Schoon knows his xenobiology! ZENN SCARLETT has everything a sci-fi lover craves, from exotic alien life forms to quantum entanglement, all grounded by a stellar YA heroine. Zenn's moxie and determination make this a debut to remember. Highly recommended!"
- Phoebe North, author of Starglass

"Reading Zenn Scarlett is like venturing into a gargantuan alien animal in one of the in-soma pods Zenn uses to provide veterinary care: delightful, bizarre, and occasionally terrifying."
- Mike Mullin, author of ASHFALL

"Many young people want to become veterinarians because they love animals. All future veterinarians will want to read Zenn Scarlett and her adventures with veterinary medicine on alien animals."
- Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

About the Author

Christian Schoon grew up in Minnesota, and worked his way through college in a succession of rock bands before earning his degree from the U of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Journalism. Following a stint as an in-house copywriter/scriptwriter at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, he supplied freelance copy for the entertainment industry and scriptwriting for live-action and animated TV. Currently, he writes from his 150-year-old farmstead in Iowa which he shares with a fluctuating number of horses (generally less than a dozen, but not always), 30 or so cats, a dog, three ferrets and a surprisingly tolerant wife. The Zenn Scarlett books are his first novels, however he admits to being an unrepentant fan of science fiction and fantasy ever since discovering the tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs in the fifth grade. He can be found at his blog: christianschoon.com

Customer Reviews

Wouldn't you think you'd want to make sure they are okay and stick together?
S. Mercier
There aren't many YA books that take to the stars, but Schoon easily proves that YA and space opera can be a perfect mix.
Zen has to be one of my favourite YA heroines, as she is really likeable and spunky!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Mercier on July 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
I didn’t realize this book was second in a series until I was almost 25% through it. I haven’t read the first in the series, and when I requested it on Netgalley, it didn’t mention anything about a previous book. Given that I had no background knowledge on the characters or the world they live in, I enjoyed this book a good bit and feel that it could be read as a stand-alone novel.

The beginning was a bit rocky. The author tries to do a recap of things that happened in the previous book and provide additional information about Zenn's world. This is all well and good, but this kind of information is not something two people who are already acquainted would casually discuss. The result is a weird, forced chapter filled with dialogue that doesn't really fit the situation. However, since I did not read the first book, this information was essential to my understanding of the story, so I'm glad it was included.
The cast of characters reminded me of a Doctor Who episode with the variety of highly creative alien species Zenn encounters. I kept waiting for a Santaran to pop up with a gun and start yelling about war. My favorite alien (if you can really consider him that) was Jules, a dolphin with a walksuit which allows him to travel on land. His enthusiasm for earth history and incessant questions about customs and culture were refreshingly childish and at times laugh out loud hilarious.

I also really enjoyed Zenn as a character. Strange Chemistry always publishes such interesting books, and this one is no exception. I have never heard of any other books following the life of an alien veterinarian. The whole concept was so unique. The only thing that really frustrated me about Zenn was the fact that she kept totally forgetting Liam even existed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Believer on April 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
"Under Nameless Stars" is the second of the Zenn Scarlett adventures which begins after the seventeen year old is kidnapped and stows aboard the starliner, Helen of Troy. Aided by a repentant towner boy Liam Tucker, Zenn has decided to search for her missing father on the planet Encharra. What she doesn't expect is to be hunted for her special ability and to get caught up in a conspiracy to capture the Indra fleet.

Like the previous novel Christian Schoon has created a universe where political friction exists between Mars, Accord Planets and Earth. As the story unfolds onboard the Helen of Troy Zenn is introduced to an envoy from Earth's Temporary Executive Authority seeking a peace treaty with the alien planets beginning with the Cepheians, a species who would like to break Procyon control of Indra spaceship routes. This latest development in the political intrigue may prove more daunting than expected especially when the starliner is attacked. As the plot unfolds the action heats up and tension mounts; Zenn discovering her innate courage and using her exovert skills and power to turn disaster into triumph.

The creatures in this story are imaginative and innovative especially Jules Vancouver, an eccentric and wealthy dolphin with an insatiable addiction to gambling and a walk suit to enhance his mobility on land. Like Zenn he's looking for a missing friend and has impetuously taken the young Ciscan under his protection only to find his life suddenly filled with daring exploits. Together they begin an adventure that will not only expose clues to the missing Indra starships, but lead them into danger.

In this book Zenn Scarlett's true nature begins to blossom as she sheds her fear of growing close to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate on April 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
As a lover of animals and aliens and spaceships, there is no way that Under Nameless Stars could not appeal to me. Zenn Scarlett is a 17-year-old novice Exovet (vet for alien animals) and, in this second part of her adventure, Zenn is cast out from her familiar Martian world and set adrift to a place full of unfamiliar skies, absurd and querky aliens (intelligent and less intelligent) and all under the shadow of enormous danger. For Zenn is on a mission, inherited from the first novel, and she will let nothing stand in her way, however many legs it might or might not have.

The first thing to mention is that Under Nameless Stars follows straight on from the end of Zenn Scarlett. Reading the second book without having read the first could confuse. It would most certainly spoil the first so do be aware that spoilers are inevitable here. The next thing to note is that, though I enjoyed Zenn Scarlett, I found Under Nameless Stars to be a much more entertaining read and a better novel. Escaping the confines of Mars does our brave, young heroine - and the story - a lot of good. Warnings for spoilers for Book 1 having been issued, on with the review.

Zenn (with her cute but irritating alien pet Katie) and Liam have stowed away aboard the Helen of Troy, one of the great interstellar vessels driven by the Indra, alien behemoths that tunnel their way through star systems. Their initial mission, although of great personal importance to Zenn, is soon consumed within a far greater mystery - the increasing instances of vanishing Indras, complete with ship, crew and passengers. Conspiracy is everywhere and as Zenn and Liam try to stay hidden within the massive vessel they find danger almost everywhere, as well as beings of great wonder.
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Christian Schoon began his writing career as an in-house writer/programming manager with the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, CA, followed by a stint as a freelance writer working for various film, animation and video studios in Los Angeles. After moving back to the Midwest, he bought a farm, started volunteering with a group that rescues abused/neglected horses and another group helping to re-hab wildlife and care for felines with special medical needs. His animal welfare work, combined with his life-long sci-fi geekery, inspired Christian to write his first book, the young adult science fiction novel Zenn Scarlett. The book follows the adventures of a 17-year-old novice exoveterinarian specializing in the treatment of large, dangerous off-world animals. The sequel, Under Nameless Stars, debuts in April, 2014 from Strange Chemistry Books; North American distribution by Random House.

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