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Under Nameless Stars

(Zenn Scarlett #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Zenn Scarlett’s novice year of exoveterinarian training on Mars isn’t quite going to plan…

After barely surviving a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things at the Ciscan cloister get any worse? Yes. Yes they could: Zenn’s absent father Warra Scarlett has suddenly ceased all communication with her. Desperate to learn what’s become of him,
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Strange Chemistry (first published January 1st 2014)
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Three stars, like for the first book, but where Zenn Scarlett was more a 2.5 rounded up, I think this one deserves a solid three. I liked it, I just didn't "really like it".

Right. It might take me a bit to get my thoughts in order for this one, because while Under Nameless Stars is more exciting than the first book, I had problems with it that I'm not really sure I can quite put my finger on. I'll do my best, though.

Under Nameless Stars follows the events of Zenn Scarlett without any real break
Rashika (is tired)
***This mini review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Actual Rating 1.5

It’s extremely hard to write a review for a book without being critical and I don’t think I can be particularly critical in terms of this book because I didn’t pay as much attention as I could have been paying. Half the time my mind was wandering and I was not invested in the least. I skimmed over even important bits because I was just so bored.

Admittedly I am kind of surprised by my reaction to this book. I read and
Whitley Birks
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
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This book had some strong worldbuilding and interesting ideas, but it was plotted like a video game, which turned me off it a bit.

I did really enjoy the set up for this series. It’s a nice space odyssey kind of offering, full of interesting creatures and space ships and just enough political intrigue to keep things interesting without necessarily being the center of attention. It’s a roaring romp through space, that’s cool, I’m on board with that. I also really liked
Ben Babcock
It has been almost exactly two years since I gave Zenn Scarlett a rather mediocre review. In fact, I almost didn’t bother reading Under Nameless Stars. I’m glad I gave it a chance though! Although I don’t remember much about the first book, this sequel feels punchier, faster-paced, and more interesting than that one.

This book picks up where the first left off, so spoilers for the first book but no spoilers for Under Nameless Stars.

Zenn has stowed away aboard a passenger liner bound for another
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Release Date: April 1st 2014

This review was originally posted on Avid Reviews:

Under Nameless Stars is the second novel in the Zenn Scarlett series by Christian Schoon. This series is another unique addition to its genre, YA Sci-Fi, from Strange Chemistry/ Angry Robot Books.
Zenn Scarlett is a novice exo-veterinary student from a colony on Mars who has a special connection to the alien animals she cares for. After learning that her father has been kidnapped
Tsana Dolichva
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon is the sequel to Zenn Scarlett and continues that story immediately where it left off. As such, I definitely do not recommend reading Under Nameless Stars without reading Zenn Scarlett first. This review will also contain spoilers for the first book, as the set-up is crucial to understanding the context (the blurb also spoils the ending of the first book). I'll also have a review with Christian Schoon at the end of the month, so keep an eye out for that.

Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A spectacular sequel containing an assortment of interesting new characters that’s out-of-this-world

Under Nameless Stars is wonderfully realised on the page; containing intriguing twists and innovative ideas, as to push the precincts of the genre’s unbounded limitations. Exciting and action-packed this worthy follow-up to Zenn Scarlett contains a perfect blend of humor, action/ adventure and character development. Fantastically imaginative and of great premise, here is an outstanding new Young
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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The Zenn Scarlett series would be perfect for a younger reader that is just dipping a toe into science fiction. It has a capable protagonist, action & adventure, and more alien life-forms than you can shake a stick at. So many children say they want to be veterinarians when they grow up and Zenn Scarlett takes it a step farther with exo-veterinarians.

Under Nameless Stars picks up right where Zenn Scarlett left off so I do recommend re
Ashley Ferguson
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Oh my goodness, this book! Under Nameless Stars took Zenn's story to a whole different level, and I loved every minute of it! Things are darker, scarier, twistier, and all of the stakes are even higher than they were before. The creatures are spectacular, the plot is thicker, and Zenn has to figure out how to deal with all of it while trying to figure out how to rescue her father and
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Under Nameless Stars is so much fun! Picking up right where Zenn Scarlett left off, we start with Zenn, Liam, and Katie aboard the Helen of Troy as stowaways. It isn’t long before they’re discovered, but luckily Zenn is a quick thinker and comes up with a story for herself and manages to keep Liam hidden. Zenn immediately begins searching for her father and trying to figure out why she and him were kidnapped in the first place. She meets Jules, a gambling dolp
Once again, being auto-approved by Strange Chemistry on NetGalley is a joy! I got this one, the sequel for Zenn Scarlett and am I glad that I did!

I liked the first book but this one I seriously enjoyed! It was so full of action and humour and plenty of food for thought too! A very good science fiction read with all the good elements there!

Under Nameless Stars starts right were book 1 left us, with Zenn and Liam getting themselves into the Helen of Troy spaceship as stowaways, to try and find Zen
Ryan Lawler
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Under Nameless Stars was a fun book and a very expansive sequel. While the first book was limited to a small section of Mars, this book takes Zenn Scarlett into space in search of her father, with weird and wonderful alien races all over place (and a talking dolphin who gets around in his very own mech).

It felt like it could have been an episode of Doctor Who, with a Dr Dolittle-like main character.

This would have been 5 stars but the ending was messy and just a little convoluted. I had no trou
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The minute you start reading you'll realize how much you missed Zenn. But there's no time to dwell because the story starts fast and builds to a gallop. Takes the mythology of the first book and soars! A less sappy, more action-packed "Titanic" in space!
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Working on rev....

A couple of notes:
-liked how we tied up some storylines but left more open to explore.
-romance (what there was of it) worked w/ the character. She is not used to dealing with people. It shows.
-Loved the new characters (esp Jules!)
-Love all of the diff alien beings
Talking dolphins. Fruit pets. The use of straw in the far future. Enough said.
Leontiy Cristea
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
It’s always disappointing to love the first book and dislike the next. I’ll say upfront that I found Under Nameless Stars a far too complicated book for its own good. By this I’m referring to the overly complex descriptions of the overly complex and overly numerous alien life forms. I’m down with aliens, totally. But when I’m faced with three, four, five paragraph long descriptions of aliens that, no matter how hard I try, I cannot envisage, again and again… It’s just too much. Too awkward and t ...more
Featured in "Reading on a Theme: Teens in Space" on Intellectual Recreation.

In Under Nameless Stars, the sequel to Zenn Scarlet, our titular character leaves Mars as a stowaway aboard the Helen of Troy. Zenn is following a lead on her missing father. What starts as a mission to find her dad becomes much bigger when the Helen is hijacked.

Christian Schoon's book is so creative. Zenn is an exoveterinarian, meaning she specializes in doctoring creatures from space, and Schoon is so good at popu
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.75 of 5.

This is the second in the Zenn Scarlett series, and if you'll recall, I really enjoyed the first book, Zenn Scarlett .  Under Nameless Stars (a beautiful title that doesn't have a whole lot to do with the book) picks up right where Zenn Scarlett left off and it's recommended that you start with that first book.

When communication with her father ceases, and Zenn fears the worst, she and her friend Liam stow away aboard
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
"Under Nameless Stars" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways 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
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 provi
After barely surviving a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things get worse for novice exoveterinarian Zenn Scarlett? Yes, they could: her absent father has been kidnapped.

Desperate to find him, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy, a starliner powered by one of the immense, dimension-jumping beasts known as Indra. With her is Liam Tucker, a Martian boy who is either very fond of her, very dangerous to her, or both. On the verge of learning the truth about
Saruuh Kelsey
As wonderful and imaginitive as the first of its series, Under Nameless Stars takes exovet Zenn Scarlett away from her homeplanet of Mars and across the stars in a quest to rescue her father and find some answers about why she was abducted.

Under Nameless Stars starts with a bloody big bang. Zenn has boarded the Helen of Troy with little to no plan, no way of staying on the starliner because of a lack of boarding pass, and Liam nowhere to be found. So what does she do? Befriends a big walking dol
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Goodreads Synopsis: Zenn Scarlett’s novice year of exoveterinarian training on Mars isn’t quite going to plan…

After barely surviving a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things at the Ciscan cloister get any worse? Yes. Yes they could: Zenn’s absent father Warra Scarlett has suddenly ceased all communication with her. Desperate to learn what’s become of him, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy, a starliner powered by one of the immense, dimension-jumping b
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Whereas the first book of the saga involved us in an incredible universe fills of aliens's creatures, Under Nameless Stars makes us travel and dream. At the same time as Zen we discover new races, new plots, new animals. Since the first pages, we finds ourself in full action. It's not only the rhythm that doesn't drop, we nerver get bored.

The story begins again directly where it had stopped previously, on board of the spaceship "Helen of Troy". Zen is found once again mingled with a plot aiming
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Traveling by freight is never comfortable. But when you’re smuggled into a cage-crate with a full-grown sandhog boar as a traveling companion, comfort becomes the least of your concerns. This is the case for seventeen-year-old Zenn Scarlett in Christian Schoon’s action-packed new YA novel Under Nameless Stars, the second in the Zenn Scarlett series.

Zenn has stowed away on an orbital ferry in the hopes of being united with her kidnapped father, and her friend (boyfriend?) Liam is along for the r
Online Eccentric Librarian
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

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Zenn Scarlett's adventures conclude in Under Nameless Stars. As with the first book, the story continues the alien-veterinary focus but ups the ante by putting Zenn into space. Although the plot starts slowly, it builds in action by the halfway point and the last quarter of the book is a big ideas adventure.

Plot: Zenn and Liam are aboard the Helen and now they need to survive as stowaways. Both will find different ways
Timothy Pecoraro
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I would first like to say that anyone who judges this book by it’s cover is in for a rude awakening. I can’t imagine that anyone who had read the book could have created such a cover; but hey, I’m no artist. Second, I would like to suggest both to the reader and to the publisher that this book belongs firmly in the Middle Grade Category. Third, I would like to dissuade anyone older than 15 from reading this book. The story is simplistic and very predictable. The characters are two dimensional, a ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital, space, sf
This is the second book of the series, which though I have not known this at the start of my reading, made some some of the first chapters to serve as a recap of what other readers may have found to be an obvious recap. For me it was useful and did not slow down the pace of the book, which is in general very light and flowing, while not making things too easy for our main character.
The main strength of the book is the imaginative descriptions of the different Asents {Sentient Aliens}, which are
Sylvia Becker
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first thing that I noticed in Christian Schoon’s Under Nameless Stars was the cover. With a cover like that, who can resist reading the book? This YA book is the sequel to Zenn Scarlett, and comes with an interesting and unique futurist science fiction setting.

Under Nameless Stars is a fast-paced book that revolves around the adventures of Zenn Scarlett, the heroine in Schoon’s previous novel. In this instalment, she will try to know what has happened to her father, but then she will find he
I won this via the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Wow! Thankfully, I had won this book and so had to read Book 1, since it ended in a MAJOR cliff hanger I am so glad I didn't have long to wait before Under Nameless Stars was in my hands. Even though the wait was only about a week and a half, it was torment!

Book 2 lives up to the intensity of the first book and then some. My one fear was this book would leave off as a cliff hanger as book 1 had, but no worries. Although it leaves it open enough
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**** “…Under Nameless Stars is a wonderful sequel… The world building continues to be excellent

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