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Young woman forced to face her identity and that of her families after voluntarily stranding herself on a planet. Learns to see herself not only as the Dukes sister, but as Tess. Learns to live in and live a culture far different from her own and learns the secrets of that culture as well as her own.
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Tess Soerensen hops a ride on a Chapalii freighter, back to her ex-insurgent brother, Charles. She discovers that the Chapalii are up to no good, so she follows them to Rhui, a semi-settled planet where humans have been transplanted, millenia ago, possibly by the Chapalli. There she is taken in and earns a place with the nomadic jaran.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s)    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive    -   surviving natural elements on planet Romance    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings of a human growing up among aliens

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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