Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
I’ve briefly covered The Dragonriders of Pern in previous posts. Mostly these stories being one of the series I aimed to read when I was struggling with dyslexia as a child. That in mind I recently took the time to re-read the first novel in the series (by publication date), and still find myself as pleasantly pleased as I did when I was a teenager and picked up the novels for the first time.
As I said above, Dragonflight is the first release in the Dragonriders of Pern series. It covers the discovery of Lessa and her journey to becoming Wyrewoman and then her journey to protect the world of Pern from the menace of the ever consuming Thread.
Now I will state that while the falling thread is the overarching issue of the novel, it is far from the only one. Anne McCaffrey did an outstanding job of making the world of Pern feel alive, and she had a knack for producing political drama in her stories. The story balances the need for the Dragonriders to defeat an ancient mindless foe, while also trying to keep the Lords of the word from trying to tear them apart because of feelings that these riders are no longer needed.
Now you may wonder what are dragons doing in a sci-fi book? Well, that requires the reading of the series to answer, and I strongly suggest to any fan to do so! The audiobook version is also well done if you prefer to go that rout in your reading.