Author(s): Christian Schoon
Zenn Scarlett's novice year of exoveterinarian training on Mars isn't quite going to plan - After facing a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things get worse? 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 her father, Zenn's quest suddenly catapults her and Liam thousands of light years beyond known space, and into the dark heart of a monstrous conspiracy. Braving a gauntlet of lethal environments and unearthly life forms, Zenn's courage is tested as never before. With the fate of entire worlds in the balance, she is racing headlong into trouble...again.
Praise and Reviews for Under Nameless Stars: "An exciting and worthy follow-up to Zenn Scarlett, with an assortment of loveable new characters - Under Nameless Starswas 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 For Zenn Scarlett: "Christian Schoon knows his xenobiology! ZENN SCARLETT has everything a sci-fi lover craves, from exotic alien life forms to quantum entanglement, all grounded by a stellar YA heroine. Zenn's moxie and determination make this a debut to remember. Highly recommended!" - Phoebe North, author of Starglass "Reading Zenn Scarlett is like venturing into a gargantuan alien animal in one of the in-soma pods Zenn uses to provide veterinary care: delightful, bizarre, and occasionally terrifying." - Mike Mullin, author of ASHFALL "Many young people want to become veterinarians because they love animals. 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
Christian Schoon was born in South Dakota, and grew up in Luverne, Minnesota. After a senior high school year as an exchange student in Sweden, he attended several Midwestern universities, graduating from the U of Nebraska School of Journalism. He paid for college by singing in a succession of touring rock bands. Following several years as an in-house copywriter/scriptwriter with the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, Christian supplied freelance copy for a variety of entertainment industry clients and wrote scripts for live-action and animated TV. Currently, he writes from his rural Iowa home, where he and his wife are active in several animal welfare groups and help rehab abused horses at their farm, which also hosts a fluctuating number of cats, dogs and ferrets.