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Zenn Scarlett’s novice year of exoveterinarian training on Mars isn’t quite going to plan…
After barely surviving a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things at the Ciscan cloister get any worse? Yes. Yes they could: Zenn’s absent father Warra Scarlett has suddenly ceased all communication with her. Desperate to learn what’s become of 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 towner boy who is either very fond of her, very dangerous to her, or both. On the verge of learning the truth about her dad, 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, her courage and exovet skills will now be tested as never before.
With the fate of entire worlds hanging in the balance, Zenn is racing headlong into trouble… again.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
It’s extremely hard to write a review for a book without being critical and I don’t think I can be particularly critical in terms of this book because I didn’t pay as much attention as I could have been paying. Half the time my mind was wandering and I was not invested in the least. I skimmed over even important bits because I was just so bored.
Admittedly I am kind of surprised by my reaction to this book. I read and reviewed Zenn Scarlett last year and enjoyed it but as I read the sequel, I wondered why I had liked it so much. Perhaps I’ve evolved as a reader since then or perhaps this book really just didn’t live up to its predecessor.
We are introduced to an array of new characters including a dolphin. A dolphin with a gambling problem. And really, it was amusing at first but then it got bothersome. The dolphin read like a very naïve creature and I get it, the dolphin has been sheltered for a large chunk of his life; however, dolphins happen to be a very intelligent species so it didn’t really work for me.
I like that the author put effort into describing all these various alien species with detail but then after a while it just seemed like this book was trying too hard to be like Animorphs (IMO) and the whole alien aspect stopped being interesting. I could no longer pull of a visual picture of the setting or these creatures. I was too bored to care.
The plot did not hold my attention and it kind of seemed to be all over the place. Liam came and went (half the time I was wondering whether Zenn had completely forgotten about his existence), other characters came and went and I did not care. One of the quirks that managed to stick with me was how easily Zenn stowed away on the ship. What? How did the captain not realize? All he would have had to do was ask someone to check Mr. Bodine’s room and ask if he had a daughter. I just cannot see how no one except the dolphin would have picked up on this fact.
Honestly, I felt like this might have been a case of it’s me not you which is why there isn’t much for me to say. Because really, how do you write a review for a book that was mind numbingly boring. I don’t have anything to say about the main character, I don’t have much to say about the plot and every time I try to think of anything more to say I keep on drawing a blank. Which pretty much sums up my reading experience. If you like pretty covers and aliens you might want to give this a shot although … the aliens might be a tad bit disappointing.
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