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Tribes by Carmen Webster Buxton
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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 used her laser to remove his manacle, he began to believe she was trying to help him. Jahnsi was on the way to visit her father. He didn't believe in slavery, so she thought he would help her help him.

Luanne Mingo was a finder. She was in Agra to find a man who had been missing for 23 years. His parents had been assassinated during a revolution. The rebels almost wiped out the oligarchy, but one survivor and his pregnant wife had escaped. The assassins had no qualms about killing the parents, but they took the baby to keep it safe and left it in its basket outside a market. They thought someone would take it and raise it. They lied to their master and told him the baby was dead.

Luanne ran into Dr. Forest Shekarian. He explained about Mariposa; how it became a prison colony when the government on Terra offered the colonists a deal, emigrate and they wouldn't go to prison. He explained about tribes, that they are the only law. If you weren't a member of a tribe, you had no rights. Eventually the tribes became either all male or all female. Forest was appalled as Luanne told him the story. He told her that the baby would end up a slave, whoever found him would own him. Some slaves would end up in a household, some would be used for cheap labor and others would end up prostitutes. He was against slavery, so they teamed up to find out what had happened to the baby.

As Luanned and Forest investigate, they find out about a slave called HOB. When they asked how the baby got its name, they were told probably from the mother. A blanket was found with him and HOB had been embroidered on the blanket that was in the basket and the basket had been very nice.

HOB quickly found he was enamored by Jahnsi, but he couldn't figure out if she liked him the same way or if she was just pretending as a way to keep him from leaving because she felt responsible for his safety.

Luanne and Forest were in a desperate race to find HOB before his owner, Andre, caught up with him.

This was a fun and easy read, which is what I expected from Carmen. This is different from her other book I read, Where Magic Rules, but every bit as entertaining. I always wonder how people come up with these ideas. It amazes me. Not just the place, but the people and the way they live their lives. The characters came to life in the pages. Poor HOB. He was such a good person, I felt so sorry for him. The great thing was, I knew he would be okay in the end. lol. Thanks for another great book, Carmen.

TribesCarmen Webster Buxton
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Reading Progress

July 2, 2012 – Started Reading
July 2, 2012 – Shelved
July 4, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 4, 2012 – Shelved as: mystery
July 4, 2012 – Shelved as: science-fiction
July 4, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Carmen Buxton Glad you liked it!

Sherry Fundin thanks again.

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