Zenn Scarlett

Zenn Scarlett

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by Christian Schoon
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781908844552
Publisher:
Watkins Media
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,198,509
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Zenn Scarlett 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Zenn Scarlett from our local library. I've heard of this series and its author since I started attending ICON a couple years ago. It didn't take me long to become absorbed in Zenn's world and her love of animals. Living on a colonized Mars in a cloister, Zenn is fighting for her independence, her love of animals and her desire to become an exovet, a veterinarian who specializes in alien creatures. All of this as she is starting to notice boys (no love triangle here, folks!), struggling with the whereabouts of her absent father and a colony that it struggling to survive. Zenn and her positive attitude come shining through bringing the story together with her adventures and investigations. Zenn is surrounded by some very curious creatures—some of them she cares for and others she works with, namely Hamish. I adored Hamish. He provided a bit of comic relief as he struggled to escape the hive mentality he was a part of and find a way to fit into human culture and norms with in the cloister. Zenn and her uncle handled Hamish's hive habits well and provided him with the knowledge he needed to grow. When Hamish came on the scene I couldn't help but find myself smiling as I was learning about life on Mars and caring for alien creatures right along side of him. Zenn Scarlett receives a thumbs up from me. Schoon created a believable settlement on Mars with a diverse set of aliens and a intriguing mystery that kept me turning the pages. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Under Nameless Stars. Just as a warning Zenn Scarlett ends in a cliffhanger. While all the major elements are tied up at the end of the book, there is one looming question related to Zenn that is just starting to be revealed. So if you are not a fan of cliffhangers, you may wish to hold off on grabbing this one up. If you can get your hands on both books in quick succession, grab them and fly to Mars with Zenn and her amazing menagerie of alien animals today! This review was originally posted on Second Run Reviews.
MeiB More than 1 year ago
I stayed up late to finish reading this book. It was so refreshing to read a story that didn't involve insta-love and had some good meat to the plot. Christian Schoon created an amazing and detailed universe for Zenn Scarlett. The rich world that he has created reminded me of some of my favorite books by Sheri S. Tepper, one of my all time favorite authors. Zenn was a relatable character faced with the same challenges as any normal teenage, work/school balance, the intruige of friends and romance, and space aliens. I don't have much to say in the review simply because I really enjoyed the book and wish there was more writing out there like it. My Recommendation I really enjoyed this story and it's safe for all ages. I give it 4/5 - I really liked it.
Evilous More than 1 year ago
Zenn Scarlett is another ARC I received from NetGalley and the publishers Angry Robot.  This book came out Tuesday, May 7th, I'm a bit behind because of my lack of ability to sit down for more than 30 minutes to type.  But here goes, my thoughts on this sci-fi book. The story is about Zenn Scarlett, a 17 year old working to make it through her novice year to become an exovet.  What is this you ask?  Well as they live on Mars (way in the future, terra-forming sections and all way cool), she is learning to be a vet…for alien creatures.  Neat and interesting concept right there, can't think of anything else like it which is always a surprise.  Well things aren't that easy for Zenn with her absent father, helping out at the clinic where she lives with her Uncle Ortha, studying while trying to pass her 3 end of year tests that determine if she will move on to her next year in training to do this one thing she's dreamed about.   As if all that isn't enough she also has to combat with a series of inexplicable mishaps on the Cloister grounds that threaten their place uncertain.  Towner, Liam, starts to take an interest in the animals and acting extra friendly towards her, despite everyone else in the Cloister thinking they are all disease carrying, man eating monsters.  Then there is the little part where she might be sharing thoughts with the patients.  Talk about stress!  She must figure out if she is going crazy, pass her tests, and figure out what is happening around the Cloister with the help of Liam and Hamish, the Clinic sexton and huge insectoid who is also in training.  I really enjoyed this book, I liked getting to know Zenn and all the different creatures, especially Katie.   She hasn't had many friends growing up and has spent her life with the animals and cares for each of them and as an animal lover (all be it more the cute fluffy types) I completely understood her.  Her uncertainty at new situations, her concern she is losing her mind, her fears for her future and everything else.  I also enjoyed Hamish and the way he was written, from a planet a society, where he must ask permission to do anything.   The book does start just a tad bit slowly but I enjoyed getting a feel for the new world and understanding Zenn so for me the pace worked for this tale.  It has plenty going on to keep you entertained while you zoon right through it, and if like me get your imagination wandering.  I can't wait to pick up the 2nd book and see where Schoon take it from there.  Again Zenn Scarlett came out Tuesday May 7th, I give it 4 Cute Rikkasets, check it out.
Dina-AllTheStacks More than 1 year ago
Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon is a fun and quirky sci-fi story about a girl who lives on Mars and is determined to become an Exovet (alien veterinarian). The first part of the book is full of descriptions of the exotic space animals that Zenn cares for at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic. To move to the next level in her training, she has to pass three tests. A mishap during the first test leaves Zenn questioning her sanity and those around her. I really liked the character of Zenn, she works hard and is brave. She is smart and passionate about becoming an exovet. The character of Hamish is interesting. He is pretty much a giant bug who acts as the cloisters care taker. He has difficulty thinking for himself and is constantly asking permission before doing the most menial of tasks. Zenn and Hamish have an sort-of friendship that gives Zenn Scarlett a bit of comic relief. The middle of the book starts to pick-up as we learn more about the Martian political situation and why the neighbors of the cloisters may want it to close its doors. Zenn starts to put the pieces together and tries to find out who is behind the accidents and why. This was my favorite part of the story. I love a good mystery and Christian Schoon drops hints throughout the entire book to a much bigger, overarching story. Zenn does have a romantic interest in Liam, who helps around the cloisters. He is the only person her own age that Zenn has ever been friends with. I found this relationship sweet and it was nice to see Zenn open-up. (Liam is also a cat lover which to this cat lover, makes a guy so much more swoon worthy.) I ultimately enjoyed Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon. The last half of the book was much more interesting than the first half, so hang in for it. The writing was very cinematic and I could easily picture Zenn Scarlett as a TV show. Overall, I would have preferred more action and fewer animals but still found Zenn Scarlett to be a solid read. The ending has a cliffhanger and left me wanting to know where this story is going. I would definitely read the next book in this series This book was provided for me to review by Strange Chemistry. All opinions are my own.
Atticus0 More than 1 year ago
What a huge treat this thing was! I've been scouring goodreads looking for some better escapism than I’ve seen lately and here it is.  I’m usually not one of the first to jump into new releases. Better to wait to get more feedback from people first so I hopefully won’t be wasting my time/$. But the handful of peeps on goodreads who got in early on Zenn won me over. Pretty psyched they did.  This is totally immersive.  Mars as a setting seemed a little cliche at first, but that lasted about three pages. It makes a lot of references and explanations sensible (like use of days/years, predominance of humans escaping a decaying Earth and, well, human failings).  The story quickly takes off on a killer ride with amazing critters – whalehounds, sunkillers, ultratheer, rikkasets – like you can’t possibly even imagine. And a select few people – some inked with anitats (animated tattoos) – who have the smarts to see their value and the skills to tend to their sometimes shocking needs.  And that’s just the cast. The play’s even better.
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StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Zenn Scarlett' is an original and utterly fascinating young adult science fiction novel that follows leading lady Zenn Scarlett as she begins her exoveterinarian training on the planet of Mars. Zenn and her family live on one of the last human colonies on Mars, at a cloister where they treat and board alien creatures. Zenn is following in her mother's footsteps to become a veterinarian to these strange animals, despite her mother's death during a routine procedure when Zenn was younger. Right before her end exams, Zenn and her uncle Otha begin noticing a spike in animal escapes. Combine that with the lack of communication from her father, the newly friendly towner Liam Tucker, and Zenn's strange ability to communicate with the animals - things are definitely getting worse. Now Zenn must figure out who is behind the animal escapes, what has happened to her dad, and what the weird connection is between the animals and her - all without failing her exams. This is one of the few young adult science fiction novels out there that truly lives up to the genre. The author has built an amazingly detailed and vivid world on Mars - complete with an intriguing history and backstory. I was immediately immersed into Zenn's world on Mars and I loved learning all about the colonies, as well as the background story and history of what happened before with the Earth and the other alien worlds. The world building was flawless and I was easily able to see Zenn's world like I was there alongside her. The characters were all authentic and realistic, even though some of them were aliens. They each had a unique personalities with faults and quirks like the rest of us, especially Zenn. She's a typical teenage girl living on an almost abandoned colony on Mars, yet she deals with things we can only imagine. She's smart, strong, reasonable and definitely likable, yet she has flaws and weaknesses that only serve to make her a better heroine. The plot itself was wholly original and extremely well executed. It definitely goes beyond what any other young adult science fiction novel out there has - and it stays completely true to the genre without being flooded with romantic involvement or anything else. It's a straight-forward science fiction novel that's also filled with action and adventure. The writing was incredibly well done with a fast pace and an effortless flow throughout. This is honestly one of the most original novels I've read in young adult fiction in quite some time. I highly recommend it to fans of the genre as well as anyone who wants a breath of fresh air in the YA market. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.