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On Mariposa, a person's tribe provides security, protection, whatever is needed. But someone who has no tribe has nothing. You could even say they are nothing. Hob is a slave with nothing to lose when he meets a woman from a fighting tribe and for the first time in a long time encounters compassion. But as Hob and Jahnsi struggle to prevent his capture by the unscrupulous ...more
Nook, 264 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Cracked Mirror Press
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After finishing The Sixth Discipline, I wanted to try something else by Buxton but didn't feel ready to read the book's sequel, No Safe Haven. I spent some time looking through descriptions, and Tribes sounded like it had one of the biggest things that appealed to me about The Sixth Discipline: an exploration of a fascinating sci-fi/fantasy culture. I was also intrigued by the bit about Jahnsi being from a fighting tribe.

The cultural stuff did turn out to be really interesting. I liked finding o
Sherry Fundin
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
HOB had escaped from Andre, but the desert was so brutal that he was not sure if he was any better off than he had been back at Agra doing his slave duties. He heard something in the distance and as it came closer he realized it was a skimmer. He ran to hide before it reached him and thought he was safe until it turned around. A woman got out. He fought with her, thinking he could escape in her skimmer but he was no match for her. She was an Han-Lin and he thought he was a slave again. When she ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The world-building was excellent. Buxton created a fascinating society where gender dictates the direction a life took--and that life's place in society. If a person is not born into a tribe, then they become a slave. But the rules of being born into a tribe are not so simple. People do not necessarily mate for life, and fathers raise sons, and mothers raise daughters, within their own tribes. Parents who are unwilling or unable to raise their children abandon them. At that point, the child, is ...more
Dave Higgins
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Combining a world of both depth and breadth with a range of plausible characters, Webster Buxton delivers a novel with dilemmas and personalities every bit as complex as real life without limiting herself to the merely realistic.

Mariposan society is built on mono-gendered tribes; each boy joins his father’s tribe and each girl joins her mother’s. With justice only available between tribes, any child not claimed by the appropriate parent has no rights. After being found abandoned in the marketpla
David King
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have previously read two books by Carmen Webster Buxton and loved them both so I was really looking forward to picking up "Tribes". The story follows a young man named Hob who was abandoned as a baby to grow up as a slave with no hope of freedom. This because on the world of Mariposa various tribes dominate the political and cultural scene to the point that any boy born without a father and therefore without a tribe to welcome him has no rights and will usually become enslaved.

However, Hob man
Carmen Buxton
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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