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Pegasus in Flight (The Talent #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,976 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
As director of the Jerhattan Parapsychic Center, telepath Rhyssa Owen coordinated the job assignments for psychically gifted Talents. And though she had her hands full dealing with the unreasonable demand for kinetics to work on the space platform that would be humankind's stepping-stone to the stars, she was always ready to welcome new Talents to the Center.

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Mass Market Paperback, 415 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Ballantine Publishing Group (first published 1990)
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N.
May 26, 2009 N. rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I loved this book when I was young and read it at least a dozen times. But when I picked it up this time (years after I last read it), I was unpleasantly jolted by the unexamined assumptions McCaffrey makes about poverty and non-Western cultures throughout the book: these show up in her minor characters, her major characters, and her own writing. I have the impression now that the book was written in a rush, and certainly not to its credit.
Lizzie
Apr 09, 2016 Lizzie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A recent sci-fi book put me on a nostalgia kick for all the sci-fi loves of my childhood. This one could not endure the scrutiny. All of McCaffrey's books suffer from her lionization of beautiful, talented people with special destinies who are permitted to save (and sneer at) the common folk. The dragonrider books had this problem. I guess I never noticed, growing up, since I loved her marginal characters- Menoly and Nerilka, Tirla and Peter. However, these characters are socialized by adults wh ...more
Yune
Jan 15, 2009 Yune rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Early McCaffrey counts as comfort reading. This one's amusing, but sadly losing the spark it held for me in my childhood. In too many ways she only scratches the surface: of the underlying social issues, of the characters' pysches, and even of one of the major romances.
Janelle
Feb 17, 2016 Janelle rated it liked it
This book was just what the doctor ordered for me since I was looking for something less heavy and fun. Anne McCaffrey did a good job of that. In the future, Earth is overcrowded and trying to colonize space to alleviate the strain. Talents are people born with mental abilities- telepathy, empathy, telekinesis, precognition, and finding. Rhyssa is the director of the Talent training center and happens across Peter, a young boy with powerful abilities but without the use of his legs. She also fin ...more
Lauren
Nov 21, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
The second book of the series dives more into individual characters and their abilities rather than the entire group of talents.

The writer provides a deeper look into the lives of talents, how the general public treats them and the struggles they have to go through to be accepted. The talents are much more established in the workforce and highly coveted at this point. The talent genes have been able to spread enough to begin to bring about new talents that the "experts" do not know how to handle
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Adobe
May 25, 2015 Adobe rated it liked it
When I read To Ride Pegasus last year, I was distressed by its sexism and racism. Thus, I approached sequel Pegasus in Flight -- a cherished childhood favorite -- with trepidation. Would it live up to my rose-colored recollection?

Well. Yes and no. It's incredibly creepy to see the novel treating its dystopia as a utopia. For example, the government enforces mandatory sterilization for all the poor slum-dwellers, and all the heroic characters denigrate those poor breeders who keep selling their i
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Sayra
May 11, 2013 Sayra rated it did not like it
With a plot all about young Talents stopping a child trafficking scheme, the book gets creepy when an older "good" man basically imprints on a 12yo. That he will wait for her to be older doesn't really change the fact that he's perving on a child. This is too disturbing to make this a good read, which is a shame since I ordinarily like McCaffrey's.
Joy
Dec 31, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this book over the holidays. Didn't realize it was the 2nd in a series, it stands alone well as its own book. It took a while to get started (too many random people's stories without any relationship at the beginning) but was good when it came together. Enjoyed kids discovering new skills and how to put them to use. Enjoyed the relationships between the kids and adults too. Don't need to rush out and read the next one, but if I came across it at the library, I'd check it out.
Sophie
Oct 27, 2015 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Years have gone by since To Ride Pegasus, and Daffyd op Owen’s granddaughter, telepath Rhyssa, is now in charge of The First Center for Parapsychics (“The Center”). This story showcases the current state of affairs in the world, such as the beginning of implementation of a space center, the increasing importance of Talents to society, and the the hidden potential of Talents. The two main characters in this story, twelve-year-old Tirla and fourteen-year-old Peter, have unique talents that are fas ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Taking place about 80 yrs after To Ride Pegasus Rhyssa Owen, granddaughter of Daffyd op Owen, is now the Director of the Center for Parapsychic Talents on the North American East Coast. Along with many descendants of the original members, Rhyssa is under extreme pressure to provide kinetics to complete the Padrugoi Space Platform. Without the kinetics the space platform construction is falling behind schedule. With Earth’s population already straining its resources to the limit the space platfor ...more
Ward Bond
Nov 01, 2014 Ward Bond rated it it was amazing

As director of the Jerhattan Parapsychic Center, telepath Rhyssa Owen coordinated the job assignments for psychically gifted Talents. And though she had her hands full dealing with the unreasonable demand for kinetics to work on the space platform that would be humankind's stepping-stone to the stars, she was always ready to welcome new Talents to the Center.

Feisty and streetwise, twelve-year-old Tirla used her extraordinary knack for languages to eke out a living in the Linear developments, w

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Carolyn J. Allen
Another Masterpiece by the Queen of Science Fiction!!

As the second book in an absolutely fabulous series, "Pegasus in Flight" continues the story of 'Talent', moving into the future in such a way as to be absolutely believable. Imminent exploration of space, and discovery of new forms of psychic powers combine to put the reader on notice that there is more to come in the rest of the series.
Dan
Jul 29, 2014 Dan rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I read this a couple of times as a teenager, and it was reliable enough for those times when I just needed a fun, easy book to get through that I still had a copy on my shelf. It's been a while, though, and reading it as an adult was a jarring experience.

Just to start with: the book expresses some truly nasty assumptions about people from south and west Asia -- "Neesters," in the slang of the book -- up to and including characters blessing a much older man essentially claiming a 12-year-old girl
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Gina Mora
I love this part of the trilogy! They find Peter and Tirla. Tirla was always a fascinating character to me--especially when I was young. She was strong, independent and in love with an older man. Role model! I love the slow burn love story between Dave and Rhyssa and that bitch Ludmilla kept it interesting.
Beth
Aug 05, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
I read this hoping for a good story about the characters/world developed in the first book.

We jump forward a few generations and there is a loose plot line but mostly again we are finding/protecting/using the psy talents that are showing up.

Interesting in its own way but not really a story.
Faith
Apr 12, 2014 Faith rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-hardcopy, sf
I'm hovering between a three and a four. Interesting set up, engaging characters.

I had some issues with pacing (specifically, sometimes I felt McCaffrey went too long without changing to the other storyline).

Overall, pretty good, though I probably won't seek out the rest of the series.
Ellen
Feb 16, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Picked this treasure up in a thrift shop. Read the Dragon Rider series long ago and they are favorites of mine so was happy to try another Anne McCaffrey. Didn't realize it was the second in a series until I was hooked. Reads well as a stand alone though. Will catch the first book after I read number 3.
Amy VanGundy
Feb 16, 2015 Amy VanGundy rated it really liked it
I've read this book many times in my life-in-progress. What continues to capture me is the characters, the dialogue, and the big ideas of telepathic gifts and how that would work in a not-so-distant future. Anyone else wish Johnny Greene was available? Just me?
Al "Tank"
Apr 01, 2015 Al "Tank" rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: McCaffrey fans and lovers of paranormal talent stories
Anne McCaffrey at her usual form. If you like McCaffrey’s writing in general, you’ll like this book as well. She doesn’t disappoint.

Two young talents have been discovered and this is the story of the Jerhattan Parapsychic Center’s fight to find them, bring them in, and train them. Of course, nothing ever goes easily when dealing with talents, especially when trying to find and protect Tirla, an illegal child (born without government permission) living in a “Linear” (a sort of ghetto for the poor
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Sarah Mckenna
Feb 27, 2014 Sarah Mckenna rated it really liked it
A definite improvement over book 1. The characters are more involved and it feels less like a worldbuilding exercise and more like a story. A good young adult novel about overcoming adversity.
Colleen
Mar 05, 2011 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully shallow reading, without being fluffy -- that's Anne McCaffrey's specialty. There are a slew of villains, every character has some goal or quest, there is plenty to root for... eminently enjoyable. If you want a world of psychic powers realistic enough and fleshed out enough... but not so much that it's not located on a 'recognizable a century from now Earth', and not so much that the action's dragged down by too much world-building or philosophical pondering (which in another book ...more
Victoria
Mar 07, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, scifi
Apparently a second of a series. Despite her idiosyncracies as a writer, her work remains engaging. This series investigates Talent, or paranormal abilities, which have been normalized and actually valued in its service to human endeavor. Rare, Talent is actively searched and highly sought, and two youngsters are found who have indeed rare abilities. Peter, a quadriplegic, gestalts with outside power sources to OOB travel and develops unique kinetics which work on both his own body and on vast m ...more
Anna
Mar 04, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, 2015
I remember this one better than the first, and with it being set several generations in the future, the tech is less distracting.
Melanie McNicoll
Mar 21, 2015 Melanie McNicoll rated it really liked it
I enjoyed rereading this trilogy that starts the talent series off. Definitely worth reading.
Trisha
Jul 10, 2014 Trisha rated it it was amazing
2014-07-10. Still my favorite of the three early Talent books. Tirla's escapades are great. I love her character. Peter, of course, is great too but not quit as fun as Tirla due to his being more reserved. The twins talking thru each other is neat. It is also great to see Dorotea now as an older person since she had a prominent place in the first book. So cool to see that she really living up to her potential. Love this!

2013-07-26. Probably my favorite of the three early Talent books. I love the
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Xandromas
Apr 17, 2014 Xandromas rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and the other two in the Talents saga
Jodie
Mar 31, 2014 Jodie rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my favourites in the talent series!
angel
Oct 19, 2015 angel rated it it was amazing
one of my all time favorites.
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Jacob
Jan 05, 2016 Jacob rated it liked it
This was a pretty good story and an interesting world, with psychic powers and all. However, the conflicts were kind of soft-pedaled and the resolutions a little too neatly wrapped up for me to suspend my disbelief. I was wondering if that was more a result of when the author wrote it than the author's personal style, but then I discovered it was published in 1990 instead of 1950, so I'm pretty sure it's a style choice I happen to disagree with. It was still quite readable and had some neat idea ...more
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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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