Strange Chemistry, Paperback, 9781908844552, 302pp.
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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, 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."
"SF with...very imaginative and just plain different world-building."
"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