Menolly loves music. Above all else she longs to be a Harper, responsible for songs that entertain and songs that preserve the culture of her planet, Pern. Too bad that she's a girl, and girls can't be Harpers.
After a tragic accident, Menolly flees her home for the wilds, and ends up being adopted by/adopting an odd group of friends: the mini dragons known as fire lizards.
I enjoyed reading Dragonsong a lot. I actually read it all in one sitting, I was so curious to see how everything played out. It's actually kind of short, and I found myself wishing it were a lot longer!
The plot wasn't overwhelmingly original, the ending was a little cliche, and there were really no big surprises. Bonus points for world-building, however.
Menolly was a very good character, and many of the side characters were excellent. Dragonsong is pretty short - less than 200 pages - and yet nearly everybody in the story seems to come alive.
I was definitely dying to know what would happen next! However, I was a little put off by the occasional overload of information; for example, I now know too much about the anatomy of the packtail (a fish from Pern).
End Result: four stars. A good book, definitely worth your time.