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Dolphins of Pern
Anne McCaffery created a great book series, The Dragon Riders of Pern, and the one Iím reviewing is, The Dolphins of Pern, she made me think that I was on another planet trying to become a Dolphineer. This 340 page, Sci-fi/Fantasy book has everything, adventure, danger, surgery and dragons.
This book starts on the planet Pern, a land where Earthís descendants started to colonize. Pern is a planet with dragons and dolphins and many other strange things. The protagonist is a young boy named Readis, who wants to become a master fisherman like his Uncle. The antagonist is, I think, the hardships he has to go through to reach his dream.
One days Readis went out with his uncle to go fishing but got caught in a squall, and their ship went under, but luckily some "ship fish" (dolphins) saved them and brought them to shore, and started to talk. Readisí parentís wanted Readis to have nothing to do with the dolphins and tried to make him forget, but Readis wouldnít and one day he went out with the dolphins to swim, and got a thorn in his foot which crippled his leg. His parents, especially his mom would never forgive the dolphins and forbid Readis from seeing them, even though they tried to warn him about the thorn, which they discovered, using a type of sonar.
Readis spent most of his time at school, which was a big honor (only a few people are allowed to go to school). He makes some new friends at the school, like TíLion the dragon rider, and Avias, the computer from the past which the ancients used, but he still wanted to learn more about the dolphins, so defying his parents he runs away to become a Dolphineer. He finds a nice spot where the dolphins can swim into if they needed any help or just wanted to play. Even with the dolphins, Readis wonders if his parents miss him at all.
During a storm many dolphins are injured and Readis, is one of the few people who knows how to sew dolphins back up. Because of his brave efforts the Tillek, which is kind of like a king to the dolphins, comes and gives him his Dolphineer status with a big coronation. All of his friends are there, and even his mom and dad.
A passage that really got to me was when Readis and his friend TíLion had to sew up a dolphin, because its intestines were falling out. "íWait a minute. Iím lookingÖ" TíLion riffled through the pages of the boo, which he kept well above the water and any splashes. "Oooo! Ugh!" He paused, lowering the book slightly to pear at something. "Ah, here. Human intestines." He bent down to peer at the injured [Dolphin]." I found this passage to be very important, because this is where Tí Lion and Readis discover that they have what it takes to be a dolphineers.
I chose this book because I have heard good things about the series of books and this was one of the first one, so I decided to give it a try. I liked this book because it was very interesting and had some pretty cool parts in it. It shows how different species can live together in a society. This was a cool book because it mixed some Earth customs with fantasy and it turned out wonderful.
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Speculative fiction, Fiction, Del Rey books, Dragonriders of Pern, The Dolphins of Pern, Anne McCaffrey, Dragons, Dolphin, Pern, Dragonseye
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