Sunday, November 9, 2014

Book Review: Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #1)Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
★★★★★ and a ♥

Synopsis: 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. . . .
In A Sentence: Definitely a favorite!

What I Enjoyed: I read this on audio a while back and loved it. Reading this again, I still love it, maybe even more so. It's very creative, and while it's technically a science fiction novel, it also reads a bit like a fantasy novel. The plot moves along well and stays exciting and interesting. The characters are likeable and the story overall makes sense.
What Maybe Isn't So Great: Okay, the poetry isn't all that awesome. And it didn't help that I'm listening to The Fellowship Of The Ring at the same time. But otherwise I have no complaints.
Overall: This isn't a brilliant science fiction novel. I wouldn't put this up there with Dune. However, this is still really good science fiction. It's creative and nicely written, and fast. Both science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts would find this book enjoyable. I would highly recommend it, especially as an audiobook.
Oh, And Don't Get The Kindle Edition: So this time around I read it on my new Kindle Fire (yay!), but the Kindle edition sucks! There are missing punctuation marks, and some words are misspelled, making the reading confusing and annoying. I tried to return it but apparently I waited too long. So don't make the same mistake I did and either get the book, or listen to the audio.

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