Why did I love this book?
When I look back on books (or series of books) that influenced my own imagination, the earlier books of Anne McCaffey’s Pern series call to me, particularly Dragonflight. While there are some problematic things about it (I was always a little uncomfortable with what could be considered rape) I was always drawn in by the character of Lessa—a woman who had lost everything as a child, and yet would not be defeated. She had the will and the strength to fight for what she believed in, and saved her planet because of that. She doesn’t shy away from her abilities, but faces them head-on to make her world a better place. That’s a lesson we all could learn. Besides, who could resist the ability to communicate with dragons?