Zenn Scarlett by Christian SchoonZenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon

Zenn Scarlett

byChristian Schoon

Paperback | May 7, 2013

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Zenn Scarlett is a bright, determined, occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 17-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. That means she’s specializing in the treatment of exotic alien life forms, mostly large and generally dangerous. Her novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars will find her working with alien patients from whalehounds the size of a hay barn to a baby Kiran Sunkiller, a colossal floating creature that will grow up to carry a whole sky-city on its back.

But after a series of inexplicable animal escapes from the school and other near-disasters, the Cloister is in real danger of being shut down by a group of alien-hating officials. If that happens, Zenn knows only too well the grim fate awaiting the creatures she loves.

Now, she must unravel the baffling events plaguing her school, before someone is hurt or killed, before everything she cares about is ripped away from her and her family forever. To solve this mystery – and live to tell about it – Zenn will have to put her new exovet skills to work in ways she never imagined, and in the process learn just how powerful compassion and empathy can be.
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 ...
Title:Zenn ScarlettFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.83 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:Watkins MediaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781908844552

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Innovative Scify Adventure! "Zenn Scarlett" is a captivating, young adult science fiction novel set in the second decade after a Rift between Mars and Earth. With no trade agreement between the two planets Martian (Ciscan) equipment and technology has declined because of a lack of replacement parts, and survival has become even more difficult. The story opens in a terraformed valley where seventeen year old Zenn Scarlett, her uncle, and his team of healers live in the Cloister tending large, dangerous, alien creatures. The adventure begins when the animals begin mysteriously escaping and Zenn is blamed. Coping with the loss of her mother, the absence of her father and the discomfort of mind-linking with her patients, Zenn searches for answers to the strange and hazardous events in the Cloister that could undermine her exovert training. The novel tends to be slow at first as the author sets the stage for the story; a political rift that's impacted Mars economically, causing animosity between its citizenry, while introducing the reader to the cloistered farm of the exoveterinarians who heal exotically alien animals. With skilful dexterity Christian Schoon exposes the intolerance, prejudice and ignorance on Mars as tension mounts between Arsia townsfolk and the healers of the Cloister, as well as building on their fear for survival in light of the disappearance of Indra trading ships. As the story progresses and events begin to unfold that endanger Zenn and the towner boy Liam the narrative quickly heats up. The plot is imaginative and unique,filled with exotic alien creatures like an eight-legged, sharp toothed whalehound and an serpentine bodied Indra who guide interstellar starship as well as medical equipment like the May-Genis for rebuilding shattered bodies. The characters are well-developed and complex as their fears, inhibitions and flaws are explored. Zenn Scarlett is an overworked and stressed novice who wants to ace her exams. A young woman haunted by the sudden death of her mother is close-minded and judgemental especially of towners, and apathetic to any kind of emotional attachment. Liam Tucker the towner boy is smug, arrogant, and impulsive. Slightly older than Zenn he's drawn to the seemingly remote and indifferent girl, but romantic interest between the two is only superficially developed in this story. Among the infusion of memorable personalities is Zenn's uncle Otha, the Director-Abbott of the Ciscan training centre who's steady, calm and matter-of-fact, quick to rebuke before hearing all the facts; Sister Hilda, a conscientious, dedicated healer; brother Hamish the coleopt, an eight foot inquisitive insectoid; Graad Dokee, an unconscionable scoundrel and Katie, the intelligent, protective, but deaf rikkaset. All the characters add depth to a plot that's fascinating from beginning to the end. I enjoyed Zenn Scarlett and eagerly look forward to reading about her next adventure
Date published: 2014-04-16

Editorial Reviews

"Zenn's moxie and determination make this a debut to remember. Highly recommended!"-Phoebe North, author of Starglass "... delightful, bizarre and occasionally terrifying." -Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall “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"Mars, monsters, and mysteries: Zenn Scarlett is a thoughtful and thrilling science fiction adventure that's perfect for readers who think they've seen it all! It's refreshing to encounter an original young adult story that defies expectations, and the breathtaking conclusion will leave you desperate for more."-E.C. Myers, author of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin "Utterly imaginative, Zenn Scarlett is sci-fi at its best. Fantastic worldbuilding. Deep characters. And a story that will have you desperate for answers until the very end. I couldn’t put it down!"-Melissa West, author of Gravity and Hover"Overall, a very well written, intelligent book with a unique concept that I have never heard of or read before." -Something-Beautiful "SF with...very imaginative and just plain different world-building."-Stacked Books"Zenn Scarlett is a heart-pounding, heartwarming novel about facing your fears and learning how to have faith in your own abilities — no matter how young or different you may be."-Laura Farmer, The Gazette