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The Skies Of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #16)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,069 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
Anne McCaffrey's Pern series has been running successfully for so long that most of the Dragonriders' original problems have been solved. In The Skies of Pern, she confronts her standard cast of characters with the consequences of those solutions, consequences that are a whole new set of problems. Now that the Red Star has been pushed to another orbit, there will only be a ...more
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Del Rey (first published 2001)
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in December 2001.

This latest Pern novel reads as though it is meant to round off the series. It is one of the most successful series of novels in science fiction, both long running and consistently high selling. The general trend has been for the novels to become more like soap opera episodes as time passes - a trend matched by the way that all of McCaffrey's output has become more homogeneous and unchallengingly predictable.

There are two main aspects to the
Jan 04, 2008 Tulara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Pern series ages ago, but I think I missed this one - so it was the last book on my list for 2007.
It was a great read - I had forgotten how much I love McCaffrey's telepathic dragons and their riders. Her story figured on two dragon riders, one shy and new rider and one the lead dragon rider with a history of bravery and leadership. Their slow courtship also brought their dragons into their own courtship also. Pern is going through its own sort of domestice terrorism with drastic con
E.S. Wynn
Three stars

It has been a long time since I've read anything by Anne McCaffery (may she rest in peace) and so perhaps this later book in the Pern series was not the best choice for me to use as a means to jump back into her series. The last McCaffery book I read was Dragonsong (Harper Hall of Pern series) and I remember it fondly as an interesting and well-written work.

I was in high school then, so I may have had different standards then, but it tantalized me and made me want to go back to the s
Jun 15, 2011 Cass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when I read this book I just skip through reading the romance storyline between the two main characters Bronze rider F'lessan (son of F'lar and Lessa) and Tai, a green rider.

For a time I disliked the rediscovery of computers and scientific knowledge because it changed the world that I loved. I think this read (2011) was the first time I have read the book slowly and enjoyed those aspects.
Vicki Jaeger
Apr 28, 2014 Vicki Jaeger rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how many times I've read this series. Just read this title again, and it still doesn't disappoint. Telepathic dragons, strong female characters, great relationships, and the Harpers' guild and music as a strong guiding force. What could be better?
In hindsight, I still enjoy reading the series in order written (versus actual chronological order of events).
This title takes up where "All the Weyrs of Pern" left off, focusing on F'lessan (son of F'lar and Lessa), along with the pl
Apr 28, 2014 Férial rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Pern book so far.

The relationship between Dragon and Rider is beautifully described (through F'lessan and Golanth), the future envisionned by F'lessan gives hope, I felt plenty of emotions (the feline attack and its consequences were just heartbreaking)...

One complaint though : What of Toric and 4th ? Pinch and the dogs ? What was the purpose to that ?...I was left wondering. There are so many things left unsaid. I am frustrated. This book is obviously in need of a sequel.

I wish Mrs
Vickey Foggin
Apr 25, 2016 Vickey Foggin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
This one kinds of wraps up the series. It covers the Aivas-inspired societal change I find kind of interesting, and we see how the different crafthalls and weyrs are changing in response to the new technology and the new freedoms the dragonriders will have now that Thread is no longer a threat. There is a ham-handed boring romance that is nominally the main story, and a crappy boring exploration of the backwoods dummies who are against technology. They are so unlikable their sections are a trial ...more
Alexandra aka Auntie J
3/3/15 Kindle Daily Deal $1.99, add Audible narration $3.49.

18th Pern story in publication order.
Mar 02, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another pretty good one in the Pern series. Pern continues to struggle with societal change due to new/regained technology and the idea of a future without Thread. Dragons continue to show their worth and importance and even manage to learn some new skills.

I liked the romance between F'lessan and Tai - and their dragons. It does a nice job of anchoring the story and being a a catalyst for change at the same time.

Also, _finally_we are starting to see women in positions of power other than Weyrwom
The Pern series, after the original 2 trilogies, suffers from too many plot lines going on, and past characters, many, many past character. Yes, they have to do with one another to a degree but not really. This suffers from that. We have F'Lessan and Tia and the meteorite strike and tidal wave, there is a quiet romance here and a really understanding of the characters with the emergency and learning. Then there is the over arc that takes up more than 1/2 the book and has really not much to do wi ...more
Clare O'Beara
Jun 07, 2015 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This is Anne's last visit to Flar and Lessa, Menolly and Sebell, as the dragonriders of Pern prepare to see the end of Threadfall and the life after the Pass.

The story jumps around among various protagonists which can make it hard to get invested in any of them. F'lessan, son of F'lar and Lessa, is the main character along with a young green rider called Tai. Astronomy and meteor watching become a big focus after a large meteorite crashes into Pern, causing a tsunami. The main antagonists are m
May 10, 2015 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pern fans
Recommended to Darlene by: Pern called to me
I SO wanted to give this book five stars. Five stars because I miss Anne McCaffrey and she showed a different way to depict women in science fiction. Five Stars because I got to go back to Pern and enjoy the dragons and dolphins. But I just couldn't.

Had I read this a long while ago when my eyes were still good, I might have given a higher rating. I wouldn't have had to listen to the narrator, Dick Hill's version of the story. Ugh! He makes all the women sound like weak whiners. Even Lessa, who i
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Apr 24, 2012 Angie ~aka Reading Machine~ rated it it was amazing
The deadly menance Thread still falls on Pern much to the confusion of her people. F'lessan, son of Benden Wyrleaders F'ar and Lessa, is searching ancient records at Landing Archive to a mystery he'd like to solve. Seeing someone else in the Landing Archive during Turnover Festivities sparks his interest. Tai, green rider of Zaranth, is going thru the star maps of ancient Pern, when she sees F'lessan and startled by his presence. Tai knows about F'lessan's reputation thanks to Mirriam and tries ...more
Kari Metzger
LOVE Anne McCaffrey, LOVE Pern, this book, was a little more than 'meh' for me. I love that she had Tai and F'lessen exploring some of the issues around the whole dragon-mating frenzy - that was definitely a bit of fresh air, but I felt it could have been fleshed out a lot more. It seemed so sudden that one minute they are wondering if they 'love'? each other, and the next they are thrown into the dragon-passion and Tai is forced to figure out if she is ready or not. I think that honestly a TON ...more
Kathy Davie
Aug 01, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's 2552 AL, 2,552 years After Landing; a few years after Robinton's death and AIVAS' shutting down.

The Story
One of Robinton's kidnappers escapes his prison intent upon finding like-minded followers who wish to return Pern to its traditions. AIVAS is Abomination and every change brought about by it must be destroyed even as the dragonriders of Pern look toward the end of this Pass when there will no longer be Thread to fight. The dragonriders are looking to the future, considering what skills t
Nov 26, 2008 Zachary rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
McCaffrey has churned out another book in her Dragonriders series (or Pern series, if you prefer). This one is placed towards the end of the time line of events in the Pern universe. Thread is falling for the last time due to action taken in the previous book by Aivas, the artificial intelligence which remained from the original settlers of Pern.

All that to say the book has quite a history in it's little world, which I think, in the end, works against the flow of the story. Even in the notes at
This one gets a three from me that is more like a cross between a two and a four (or 3.8 maybe?); a lot was sub-par, but a few elements were actually better than usual, so that brought the rating back up.

My first thought on picking up this book and starting to read it, years ago, was "Anne McCaffrey appears to have NO idea what motivates terrorists!" Her Abominators were just completely unbelievable. Not that I can't believe that such a thing would happen when a society's going through rapid cha
Déborah Muñoz
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El mundo creado por la autora es fascinante, y los personajes me gustaron bastante. ¿Por qué entonces, os preguntaréis, ha puesto un pasable? Pues bien, le hubiera puesto la peor nota de no ser por eso porque ¡es un auténtico coñazo! En 500 páginas de libro no pasan más que 4 cosas de interés (contadas). La autora se centra muchísimo en cosas banales que no son realmente importantes para la historia, ni mucho menos. Lo que es peor ¡repite pár
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Nov 03, 2009 Lani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own, scifi
Trashy scifi that kept me briefly entertained...

McCaffrey's books aren't usually particularly compelling, but they're usually enjoyable quick reads. Skies of Pern is no exception, although the more recent books have struggled to find strong characters worth an entire book.

I've gotten a little tired of the push towards technology in the later Pern books, and this book continues the trend. I find the tech vs tradition stuff a little boring and cliched, and this book pretty explicitly addresses th
Oct 14, 2013 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
This is the first Pern book that was published AFTER I discovered the series. Too bad right after that she let Todd muck around with it. Certain sections of this book feel recycled from older ones -- (view spoiler) -- but they're fused to wholly new elements of an astronomical bent, and time presses relentlessly on, giving us a world where new characters come to the fore. Jaxom's no longer edgily trying to defend his prerogative and prove h ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Foomy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, the primary threat (thread) has been dealt with, but we still want more stories about our favorite Weyrleader and Weyrwoman right? So we have to come up with a new problem. Enter Skies of Pern.

Unfortunately, this story focuses on their son, so you don't get much of them, and you don't get much of Jaxom either. Toric, that scwewy lord holder, is making trouble, again, so the dragonriders and the conclave have to outwit and outmaneuver him, again. There's also a new threat from the skies, be
Dec 09, 2014 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cherish this series for the flawed characters and the on-going questions of what entails a good society. In this volume, McCaffrey circles back to the questions of how to deal with those who disrupt and cause violence in society, how much technology and change is good, and how technology challenges society, classes and individuals in reimagining our lives.
Aug 27, 2009 Kerri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know this book isn't particularly popular among long-time Pern fans, but hey, anything's better than Dragonsblood or Dragonsfire right? In the last book to-date written solely by Anne, disasters bring about the discovery of a new draconic ability (seriously, where did that even come from? I don't even remember AIVAS hinting at it in ATWOP?), and the people of Pern begin thinking seriously about life after Thread. Also we meet some vandals who don't like modern Pern much (like some readers perh ...more
Mar 02, 2010 Tamcamry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
• Look, I have to be honest; this really wasn’t one of A.M.’s best works. I know that she wants to set up the dragonriders with an occupation for after Thread, but this book falls pretty flat as a story. There is a little drama, but really not enough to make it that interesting. Also, much like the last book, this one seems to not have a solid conclusion. What’s worse is that it seems like she left some storylines unfinished to lead to a sequel. While I would love another Pern book, I don’t thin ...more
Samuel Lubell
Aug 04, 2012 Samuel Lubell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I had stopped reading the series after Dolphins of Pern and this book shows I made the right decision. Basically in this volume of the long running series, the people of Pern grow concerned about asteroids (despite being on the planet for hundereds of years without them being a problem) just when dragons began to develop the ability to move things with their minds. Throw in a few attacks by a few anti-progress mobs and the mauling of two dragons (and riders) by the local version of lions and a o ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Alanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been years since I have read any titles from The Dragonriders of Pern series, and thanks to dear Mike I dove back into fantasy for a quick spell. Loved being in my teens and early 20s again for a few days,the dragons and their riders still captivated me, even with their new future ahead.
Feb 03, 2015 Voirrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually one of my favourite of all the Pern books and I do so wish that Todd would go back and finish his mother's unfinished sequel to it.

I really want to know, for example, what happens next after the meeting Pinch observes in the last few pages and, to be honest, how they will overcome the problems presented next Zaranth is proddy...
Cathy (cathepsut)
So they managed to push the Red Star out of its path and in about 16 years thread will stop to fall forever. What will become of the Dragonriders? Will society on Pern cease to exist as it is now? The Abominators seem to think so and they try everything in their arsenal to stop the developments that Aivas has set into motion.

This is a stand-alone, although I am not sure, how much sense it will make to someone who has not read any other Pern novels. I have been reading these books since I was a t
Gere Lewis
Dec 14, 2012 Gere Lewis rated it really liked it
So the the threat of thread is coming to an end, so now what? That is what this book deals with.

Dragons and riders are thinking about life after thread and what it is they will do once they are no longer needed to sear thread from the skies. Craftsmen and women are using information from AIVAS to further their craft or not. Some people on Pern are definitely looking to the future while others are trying desperately to cling to the past. There are meteorites, hurricanes, abominators, murderous f
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  • The People of Pern
  • The Atlas of Pern
  • The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern
  • Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight #2
  • Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey
  • Exile's Valor (Heralds of Valdemar, #7)
  • A Dragon-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic
  • The Ship Avenged
  • Rediscovery (Darkover, #9)
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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Other Books in the Series

Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  • Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
  • Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
  • The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
  • Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern, #7)
  • Nerilka's Story (Pern, #8)
  • The Girl Who Heard Dragons (Pern (Publication Order), #8.5)
  • Dragonsdawn (Pern, #9)

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