I absolutely enjoyed this book. I am a longtime fan of the Dragonriders of Pern series, but have always been a little uncomfortable with the way the dragon overpowers the rider, and of course I don’t like how women are second class citizens on Pern. This first Dragonrider Elite book emphasizes the equal partnership between the rider and the dragon, and helps Sophia recognize her Strengths and Responsibilities as a Woman in what was always considered a man’s world. Without women, this world is only half alive and only half productive, and her sister Liv is a great role model for her in how to interact with the older Dragon Elites. This book could have gone heavily to one side or the other, but actually remains perfectly balanced, recognizing that everyone needs to learn from each other to do the best for others and themselves. I’m glad I purchased this book and look forward to the next one!