Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
By: Anne McCaffrey
My Rating: Four out of Five Stars
Best for: 14 and up
I was feeling sentimental, so I thought some classic 60’s fantasy about dragons would be just the thing to scratch that itch.
My itch was scratched.
The story was cool. Humans have colonized a distant planet, where too late they discovered every 200 years a passing star would cause “thread” to rain down for 50 years, destroying vegetation and causing the planet to become unsuitable for humans. The over time, the humans develop dragons that can destroy the Thread as it falls, thus protecting the planet. The dragons and their riders become heroes. Unfortunately, due to the 2 century gap between passes, the people forget the value of the dragon riders. When the red start moves closer, it takes those few who remain faithful to the old beliefs to restore the people’s faith in dragons and their riders.
The story was full of 60’s sexism, and I didn’t love that. I’m always on the lookout for great fantasy with strong female characters I can share with my favorite young female readers, so I was happy to see this story had a female lead AND had a female author. The female lead is strong and does save the day in the end, but the sexism is so thick it’s hard to focus on anything but that. This book feels more like an example of outdated cultural norms instead of the example of a strong female lead I was hoping for.
But at least there were dragons!
No language. No violence. Sexism aplenty. Sexual situations. 14 and up.