Series: Strange Chemistry Book One
Author: Christian Schoon
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Rating: 2 Stars
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.
I'm really not sure how to rate this. I kinda got bored by the end and just wanted it to end.
It started out well enough. The whole book was pretty much about Zenn doing her exams to get to the next level to become an exovet. And I guess that was the problem. It was basically only about that. The process to become a vet. Throughout the whole thing we get hints of something else going on top of Zenn's burgeoning new power. But it's all pretty much in the background till we get to the last 10%.
By the time I got to the end and they tell you what's going on with the cloister's lease, I had already figured it out much earlier, so I didn't really care when they got to the 'big reveal'. Then the last 2% something new happens and that will certainly give this series a new spin, but honestly I just don't care enough to find out.
This book read too much like a science book. I was actually mostly entertained with all the surgical procedures and finding out about all these new animals, but I'm in the medical field so I can actually follow everything they are saying. People who don't have a clue are going to be pretty bored. It wasn't till I got to 75% through the book that I realized that nothing much had actually happened. Which is when I started getting bored and just wanted it to end.
So even though we get some new information by the end of the book it was all just too little too late for me.