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Dragonsdawn (Pern (Chronological Order) #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  22,773 ratings  ·  353 reviews
The dragonmakers

The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists --until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly sporeswere falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything --and everyone -- in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cutoff from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, wasdoomed.

Then some o

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Published February 26th 2002 by Del Rey (first published 1988)
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notyourmonkey
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Melissa
This is one of my all time favorite Pern novels. It tells the story of how people came to Pern to colonize the planet, how the first appearance of Thread almost destroyed them and the measures they took to survive. It is a wonderful story that includes the creation of the Dragons from the fire lizards, some of the top people that locations were named after, and a view of how a lot of the culture and traditions began. I love the science that is included in this book, but I don't think it is so "s ...more
Indrani
Confession: this one is a re-read for me. However, I started reading McCaffery in my teens, and I suspect I was about 20 when I read this one. I figure that 20 years or so down the road still counts as "reading". I must say that time gives perspective; I recall thoroughly enjoying McCaffery in my teens, and being entranced by her world of dragons that were more than simply goad-hoarding, fire-breathing monsters. Looking back now, I suspect that on some level, my enjoyment came out of the fact th ...more
Gere Lewis
This is the story of how people came to Pern, the discovery of threadfall, and the genesis of the dragons.

The first 47 pages of this book contained some of the most boring sentences that I have ever read. The entire time they are on the spaceship, I didn't care. I can sum up the first 47 pages for you right now:

A bunch of colonists get in a spaceship and fly far enough away that there is only enough fuel for it to be a one way trip. As they approach Pern they start waking everybody out of hyper
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Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
Anne McCaffrey is my mom's all-time favorite author, so she pushed this book onto me. I knew this was not the first book in the series, but she assured me that it shouldn't matter. This book takes place in the beginning of the timeline, with the people traveling to and colonizing Pern. I still had a hard time getting into it. There were so many characters for me to keep track of and there wasn't a whole lot happening at parts. I get the feeling that those who read the other books would not have ...more
Katie
I love this book sooooo much. I love Sorka and Sean so much. I didn't forget that that, but it's been years and years since I read it, so I was primed to fall in love all over again. I listened to it as an audiobook, which is usually something that takes me a while to get through, but I did not want to stop listening.

(It does not entirely hold up to the test of time, though. McCaffrey's non-hero women aren't portrayed in the best light. And the science and tech is now dated.)
Liz
Feb 17, 2009 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for something a little different in their sci-fi.
Shelves: reviewed, scifi, own, dragons
When the colonists first landed on the untouched, uninhabited world of Pern, they thought they had finally found the place they sought...a tranquil, serene new world that would allow them to create their own civilization, far away from the reaches of war and corruption that scarred their old worlds. As they threw themselves completely into the creation of the new colony, they were unaware that they were about to face an enemy more sinister than they could have anticipated. Several years after th ...more
Cécile C.
Disclaimer: this is my first Pern book. So if the whole point of it is supposed to be in inside jokes about the world of Pern and casual explanations of the little details of the world-building of the other books, then I've missed it. This is going to be a review of the book as a standalone.

My overall impression is a decided "Meh". The world-building is okay. There's a certain levity of tone and plot I found entertaining. The details of the creation of the dragons are fine. And... that's about i
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Christopher
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Casey
Dragonsdawn is one of the best Pern books I have read so far. Even with that it's still 3 stars, as the series does show its age. In terms of series order with what book happened first in the timeline, Dragonsdawn, as its name suggests is at the very beginning.

Dragonsdawn describes the first colonists on Pern and their discovery of the disastrous Thread, and the development of telepathic Thread-fighting dragons. It is focused more on action, rather than character development.

It's interesting tha
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Freya
RE-READ: Dragons and Jetpacks Buddy Read

I don't think that I can fully express my love for this book and for the world of Pern in general. Every time I read one of Anne's Pern books I am overcome with an inexpressible longing for dragons to be real and to 'impress' one. In fact, I think I would even be happy with fire-lizards... instead of being the crazy old cat lady, I would be the crazy old dragon lady, but you know, that would be ok, because I would have dragons in my life :D

I find Anne's st
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Chris
I actually wanted to like this book. I've heard some good things about the Pern series and Anne McCaffrey over the years. Unfortunately, this prequel to the original Dragonriders of Pern books is nothing if not uninteresting.

The plot is good: it is the story of the early colonists as they land on Pern and their adaptation to the new planet. Sadly, McCaffrey's writing is often plodding, many if not most of the characters are uninteresting and don't rise above two-dimensions, and the few exciting
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Hallie
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Rob
...Dragonsdawn is a prequel of sorts and I guess to an extend is suffers from the problems many of these books almost inevitably run in to. The outcome is known, the solution to the threat the colony faces is obvious, the colonists' loss of their technological base a certainty. I guess that problem is what really tips the scale for me. Compared to Dragonsflight, McCaffrey's writing has matured a lot but with a more or less predictable story and the book's tendency to jump from one character to t ...more
Leah Alvord
This is the single most important book in my entire personal library because this is the one that introduced me to Anne McCaffrey's wondrous world of Pern. When I had first picked up this book, it was near the top of a stack of books I had sitting beside my bed. The stack started at books I thought I would find less interesting and proceeded downward to those I thought would be more to my new-to-the-fantasy-genre taste. I could not have been more wrong.

Treasured perhaps above any of my books is
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Amie
Having recently finished 'The White Dragon', in which the current residents of Pern have just uncovered an area formerly settled in the distant past, this was a good follow-up. I enjoyed learning why and how the first settlers came to Pern, and to get the back-story filled in. I was disappointed in how many great characters got killed off willy-nilly, often so abruptly whacked and forgotten that it made my head spin. I feel like many of the characters set up to be major ones in subsequent books ...more
Pancha
A good, solid space opera/new colony story. It's interesting how some of the sci fi still feels fresh, but some of it is so dated (book tapes! Dials on the shuttle!). And introducing Earth flora and fauna seems like a really bad idea, ecology-wise. What if you ruin the planet? You purposefully set it up so there's no way off!

McCaffrey seems to make a point of address many of the issues of the first Pern books (lack of women in positions of authority, sexism, lack of POCs), which makes sense bec
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Lorelei
I might have rated it higher, but it is hard to tell. Between vast numbers of interruptions, and finding out I'd read some bit out of order, all I can say is that it seemed like a good book, and I wish I'd actually gotten to read it. I intend to go back to this one - after the last kids move out and the dogs (hopefully) go with them. ;-)
Laura
I enjoyed re-reading this tale about the original settlement of Pern. It's an interesting twist to go back in Pernese time and yet forward in ours.

I thrilled with the first Impression, the first flight, the first going between, the first fight against Thread. I loved seeing where some of he Pernese place-names came from.

Like many Pern books, it's pretty plot-driven, without much in-depth character development. This book perhaps even more so because it covers such a span of years.

I was seriously
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Caroline
As if I was going to do this week without dragons and space.
Aurian Booklover
Those who have followed my blog for a while, know that I am a huge Anne McCaffrey fan, and that her Dragonriders of Pern are my favourite series. I have re-read Dragonsdawn for the umpteenth time now, and was surprised that I had not yet written a review about it.

This book explains how the humans travelled to Pern, a 15 year journey, with most of them asleep. They brought everything they would need to build a low-tech society, the animals and plants thought compatible with the Pern soil and envi
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Cheshirka
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Ronel
This was quite an interesting twist to the Pern universe. Here we follow the stories of the first colonists of Pern from first landing till almost a decade later when they leave the Southern Continent for the safer Northern Continent and settle in Fort Hold.

Although the story is different to what I was used to, Anne McCaffrey's style had shown through regardless. I felt comfort in seeing that all the protagonists are flawed and dislikeable in some way. Moreover, when things starts to look bad it
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Ralph McEwen
Another fine tale. This one addressed the questions of how the population got their start and how the dragons came into being. The characters have depth and are interesting. The narration is excellent and I would recommend this series to anyone. I really think that readers who have already read the Pern series would appreciate these audio versions.
Tammi
I love Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Rider series. I always recommend people begin with Dragonsdawn and then just knock yourself out! Her son is doing a fabulous job with the series. I'm so happy the legacy will carry on when Ms. McCaffrey is gone.
S.A. Gibson
This is an enjoyable read for fans of Dragonriders books. I read a Pern book years ago, and was happy to revisit Pern. This story gives the backstory of the first colonists on Pern. There is detail on how the colonists arrived and slowly lose their advanced science and technology.

I liked the technology talk about space travel, sled maintenance, and bio-engineering. I had originally picked this book for references to libraries. There is not much talk in the book. But there is communication with t
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Aishuu
My Pern Re-read continues!

Dragonsdawn is one of the most sci-fi of all the Pern novels, because it's cohesive and gives a strong background for why Pern was settled and lacks the fantasy tinge present in The Dragonriders of Pern and The Harper Hall of Pern. It creates a strong cast of character and vivid early colonial life, and I like the way most of them weave through each other. I adore Sean Connell/Sorka Hanrahan as a couple, and it was enjoyable watching the dragons' creation.

There are two
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Sarah Stevens
I originally read this book while in high school, and had I rated it then, I would probably have given it six stars out of five - I love love LOVED it. So after persistently making my way through the Inheritance series by Paolini, I felt like I really wanted a refreshing draught of some real dragon storytelling.

And McCaffery's style is engaging. The world-building is done well: plenty of pseudo-science for plausibility, some references to major historical and political events to place you in co
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Colleen
McCaffrey does her best work, I think, when she strikes a balance between sci-fi and fantasy. Or, as they play out in Pern, the technological legacy of the colony and the feudal state it's shaped into by the exigencies of Thread. Moreta's Ride was the first Pern book I read, and it struck that balance beautifully, (view spoiler) This book is great for the protagonists in it, and because it provides the o ...more
Kat
Well, this trip down memory lane was not entirely successful. I remember enjoying this book when I first read it (probably in middle school?), but it really is true that the young can enjoy all kinds of things that are objectively not very good. Dragonsdawn suffers from a number of flaws: much of the action happens off-screen (off-page?), and the reader is informed of it after the fact, by means of the important people in the book talking about what happened and what they are going to do about i ...more
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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Pern (Chronological Order) (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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  • Dragon's Kin (Pern, #17)
  • Dragon's Fire (Pern, #19)
  • Dragon Harper (Pern, #20)
  • Dragonheart (Pern, #21)
  • Dragonsblood (Pern, #18)
  • Dragongirl (Pern, #22)
  • Dragon's Time (Pern, #23)
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