I was really in to Anne McCaffrey as a teenager, and thought this was one of the best books ever. Certainly one of the better books in the Dragons of Pern books.
Basically the follow-up of the original trilogy, goes in-depth into what happens after the events of "The White Dragon". But best to read the other books published in between those two, at least "Dragonsdawn".
Pern is a place well loved by the author who brings that out in her characters and scenes. Good YA reading.
The dream of generations of Dragonriders draws within reach as, with the aid of an intelligent computer, the possibility of destroying the devastating phenomenon known as "Thread" becomes a reality. Having exposed Pern's civilization to technology in Renegades of Pern, McCaffrey proceeds with her customary skill and humor to explore all the ramifications of culture shock.
This is the book that "ties up" the activities of ridding Pern of the Thread. AIVIS, the artificial intelligence that ran the colony ships that took the original settlers to Pern was found in a previous book and over the several thousand or so years since Landing has finally figured out how to stop Thread-fall from devasting Pern and this is the adventures leading up to that occurance. It has all our favourites from previous books and even introduces one or two new ones.
For all followers and fans of Pern this is a MUST READ.
This was a good story about the people of Pern attempting to end the threat of Thread once and for all. Technology moves in quickly.
This was well written, engaging and full of the characters we learned to like from the original trilogies. It would have been a great place to end this series. Sadly, it is still going on today.
The dragons of Pern boldly go where no dragon has gone before in this volume of the Dragonriders saga. Stumbling upon an ancient fortress carved out by their technologically advanced ancestors, the original colonists of Pern, they accidentally re-awaken its dormant guardian, a sentient artificial intelligence. Under its guidance, will it be possible to not only jump-start their world's technology but also to use it to end Threadfall once and for all? Not only the Dragonrider Weyrs but also the entire political structure of the planet will be thrown into upheaval as a result of their efforts.
Although it involves familiar characters like Jaxom and his white dragon Ruth, this volume is more reminiscent of "Dragonfall" or "Chronicles of Pern" than stories like "The White Dragon", because of the strong focus on the colonists and their legacy. So in other words, this is more of a sci-fi oriented novel than a fantasy one like the core classic Pern novels.
Fills in a few blanks in the story line that you might have missed in the other dozens of Pern novels.
I think McCaffrey couldn't stand leaving her Pernese to deal with Thread forever, so she wrote this book to give them an opportunity to get rid of it forever. Unless superstitious and fearful people sabotage the attempt and leave everyone worse off than ever...
From back cover: For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction.
Now, for the first time, it looked as if that dream could come true. For when the people of Pern, led by Masterharper Robinton and Flar and Lessa, Weyrleader and Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, excavated the ancient remains of the planet's original settlement, they uncovered the colonists' voice activated artificial intelligence system-which still functioned! And the computer had incredible news for them: There was a chance-a good chance-that they could, at long last, annihilate Thread once and for all!
All The Weyrs of Pern - Dragonriders of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey
Jaxom Lord of Ruatha rider of the white dragon Ruth follow the images that fire lizards give them to the original landing site on Pern.
He notifies the most important people on Pern, Masterharper Robinton and Weyrleaders F'lar And Lessa and the excavation of "Landing" begins.
They uncover the Aivas (Artifical Inteleigence Voice-Adress System) building and find the computer Aivas still functioning. It's prime directive to find away to destroy Thread permanently.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
For generations, dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that rained from the sky to ravage the land. Now Masterharper Robinton and F'Lar and Lessa, Weyrleader and Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, have excavated Pern's original settlement, uncovering a computer that has news for them: they can annihilate Thread forever!
I must be one of the weirder fantasy lovers, but I'm not a big fan of the Pern series.
Another book my cousin loved, though I've not read it....