When you're studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school... is a different kind of animal.
Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she's learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn’s all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she's feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn't enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she's started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can't deny what she's feeling.
Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what's happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she's actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients... or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year....
Hi there. I'm a science fiction author and TV scriptwriter who something something worked at Disney blah blah blah and played in some rock bands and something something started writing novels. OK, enough of that for now. Instead, here's what some early reviewers had to say about Zenn's newest adventure:
**** “…Under Nameless Stars is a wonderful sequel… The world building continues to be excellent and oodles of fun! It’s jam packed with colorful characters, humor, and action. I got a bit teary eyed at the end... I certainly hope there are more adventures to come for Mars’ newest hero!” – Pinkindle Reads and Reviews
****½ “An exciting and worthy follow-up to Zenn Scarlett, with an assortment of loveable new characters… Under Nameless Stars was a perfect blend of action and adventure, character development and humor. Schoon once again proves how inventive he is by adding a plethora of alien critters to his story, lovingly described and fantastically imagined. Add in a hefty amount of adventure and you have a winning combination…. Zenn is truly is one of my favorite young adult characters.”—Tammy Sparks, Books, Bones & Buffy
**** “Action-packed … I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun space adventure and, of course, to anyone who enjoyed the first book.” – Tsana Dolichva, Astrophysicist and Science Fiction Author, Tsana’s Reads & Reviews
**** “It’s like Doctor Who meets Dr. Dolittle… Schoon has really upped the ante with this book. A great sequel to one of my favourite books from last year.” – Ryan Lawler Reviews, Goodreads
**** “(The Zenn Scarlett) series is another unique addition to its genre: YA Sci-Fi, from Strange Chemistry/ Angry Robot Books. I was very impressed with the world building in this novel… Schoon has a vivid and fascinating imagination, and his novels are absolutely overflowing with his inventive creatures and settings.” – Avid Reviews
**** “…this one I seriously enjoyed…full of action and humour and plenty of food for thought too. A very good science fiction read with all the elements there… The themes are quite universal… but they're still very much relevant for our current society. Very well deserved 4 stars. A fun page turner!” – Pili’s Reviews, Goodreads
**** “…just wow! The series has this rich diversity of planets and alien species… It was amazing and interesting how the author makes it all fit so well… highly entertaining.” – YA on My Mind
Still with me? Great! So, if you're interested, here's the author-ly stuff (which will be written in the 3rd person, just 'cause that's how I roll. Sometimes):
Christian Schoon worked his way through college writing lyrics and singing lead in a number of regional rock bands (one opened for Santana in Omaha. You DO remember Santana, right?)He did a stint as an-house copywriter at the Walt Disney Company, followed by work as a freelance script/copywriter 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: black bears, cougars, coyotes, raccoons, assorted other critters. His animal welfare work, combined with his life-long sci-fi geekery, inspired Christian to write his first books, featuring a young heroine with a unique career path.
The Zenn Scarlett books chronicle the adventures of a 17-year-old novice exoveterinarian specializing in the treatment of large, dangerous, decidedly unearthly animals. Extraordinary alien life forms, exotic medical procedures, xenophobic paranoia, ominous instances of cross-species ESP and unlikely romance ensue… Published by Strange Chemistry Books, the Young Adult imprint of award-winning genre house Angry Robot Books. Distribution in the US and Canada by Random House.
Hey, congrats on making it to the end of this ramble. Much appreciated and well done. Cheers!