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HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?

To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .


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Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Feb 26, 2002
ISBN: 9780345453952
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Exciting tale of a world colonized long ago by people from Earth who didn't realize the deadly differences between Pern and Earth until it was too late...read more
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This book has been a bit of a battle for me. On the one hand it's nicely written, kept my attention, and had characters that I've adored. On the other hand, it's had every feminist bone in my body (and I'm not much of a feminist, so there aren't that many) on edge. While the key character in the novel is female, and a strong character, she annoys the hell out of me. She does stupid things (that fortunately turn out for the best). And while she is quite a hero and hugely important she is, to some extent, just a sex object. It's hard to explain without giving away spoilers, which I don't want to do. It's not like she's some Xena wearing skimpy armour - she's not a sex object in that sense - but her character is necessary because females are needed to procreate, and procreation is crucial in this book.Despite this, I really did like the book. I loved some of the characters (although I could have done with more characterisation and less jumping between times and missing out character growth). The plot is simple, and the enemy unusual, and in so many ways this shouldn't work as a book. But somehow it does. I wonder how the other novels (of which there are a lot) can take this further, as this book seems to sum up the lifecycle of the whole of Pern. I'm interested to read more, however, so will probably be ordering the next book on my kindle.read more
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Dragonflight is an absorbing novel, a real page-turner. Young adult readers will appreciate the never-ending action. The plot is complex; there are overlapping conflicts, and as one conflict is resolved, another takes its place. There are several mysteries to be solved as well, which will attract the thoughtful, analytical reader. The characters have great depth. Their actions are always consistent with the personality McCaffrey has given them. Even in the context of a fantasy world very unlike our own, they behave like people we know. The surprise ending is dramatic and satisfying.read more
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Exciting tale of a world colonized long ago by people from Earth who didn't realize the deadly differences between Pern and Earth until it was too late...
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This book has been a bit of a battle for me. On the one hand it's nicely written, kept my attention, and had characters that I've adored. On the other hand, it's had every feminist bone in my body (and I'm not much of a feminist, so there aren't that many) on edge. While the key character in the novel is female, and a strong character, she annoys the hell out of me. She does stupid things (that fortunately turn out for the best). And while she is quite a hero and hugely important she is, to some extent, just a sex object. It's hard to explain without giving away spoilers, which I don't want to do. It's not like she's some Xena wearing skimpy armour - she's not a sex object in that sense - but her character is necessary because females are needed to procreate, and procreation is crucial in this book.Despite this, I really did like the book. I loved some of the characters (although I could have done with more characterisation and less jumping between times and missing out character growth). The plot is simple, and the enemy unusual, and in so many ways this shouldn't work as a book. But somehow it does. I wonder how the other novels (of which there are a lot) can take this further, as this book seems to sum up the lifecycle of the whole of Pern. I'm interested to read more, however, so will probably be ordering the next book on my kindle.
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Dragonflight is an absorbing novel, a real page-turner. Young adult readers will appreciate the never-ending action. The plot is complex; there are overlapping conflicts, and as one conflict is resolved, another takes its place. There are several mysteries to be solved as well, which will attract the thoughtful, analytical reader. The characters have great depth. Their actions are always consistent with the personality McCaffrey has given them. Even in the context of a fantasy world very unlike our own, they behave like people we know. The surprise ending is dramatic and satisfying.
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I really believe that Anne McCaffrey's best works were the first couple of series she wrote, the Dragonriders of Pern and the Harper Hall of Pern.This book was the first in the first series, and a well-written book it is, with good character development. I especially love how McCaffrey wrote Robinton, the Master Harper, and Fandarel, the Master Smith. I find myself grinning as I read, enjoying the back and forth of the lesser characters.The plot: the last Weyr of Pern has experienced the death of the last female dragonrider, and her dragon is dying as well, but not before she has laid one last clutch of eggs, including a queen egg that only needs a strong woman to bond with once it hatches.A search is conducted, looking for the right person to help bring the Weyr back to respectability, and to increase the strength of the dragons and their riders, who are the only defense against an upcoming attack by another planet's spore, aka "Thread".Good plot, good story, believable, enjoyable. What more could one wish? A sequel? ;)And thus was an entire universe created, and a legacy for book lovers.
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Introducing Lessa, Ruatha Hold and dragons. Pern is an escape place for me and for the'greenie' people escaping Earth, and several centuries along the people are still unmodernised. Here we find out that not all is perfect, but good does overcome in the end. Love it.
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