Joyce Chng’s 2013 Rider: A Novel of Jin is the first novel in her Rider trilogy.
Lifang would like to be a Rider, one of the fortunate elites partnered with a Quetz (the enormous pterodactyl-like natives of Jin). Her family, however, believes Lifang can do her bit for the struggling human community on the planet Jin as an “agri-seer”. Which is to say, highly educated farmer.
If it were up to her family and her community, Lifang would not get the career she wants. Fate intervenes.