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.
Pern is a place well loved by the author who brings that out in her characters and scenes. Good YA reading.
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.