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.
“Zenn’s moxie and determination make this a debut to remember. Highly recommended!” -Phoebe North, Starglass
“… delightful, bizarre and occasionally terrifying.” -Mike Mullin, Ashfall
“All future veterinarians will want to read Zenn Scarlett and her adventures with veterinary medicine on alien animals.” –Temple Grandin, 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, Nebula Award-winning author of Fair 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, Gravity
“This story just blew me away. I’ve worked in the veterinary industry so I’m totally passionate about animal care, and Christian Schoon writes with a voice of authenticity that left me with goose flesh… kind of like Gerald Durrell meets a Star Wars bestiary.” -Nerine Dorman, Inkarna
“Zenn Scarlett is an incredibly imaginative story with bold insight into the human race and just how we might fare once we reach the stars. It is at once deep and light and honestly handles subtle issues of racism/xenophobia and the human assumption that its race is always superior…” -Jet Black Ink
“Overall, a very well written, intelligent book with a unique concept that I have never heard of or read before.”
“SF with…very imaginative and just plain different world-building.”