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Pegasus in Flight (The Talent #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  7,167 Ratings  ·  107 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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Paperback, 415 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Ballantine Publishing Group (first published 1990)
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May 26, 2009 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.
May 11, 2013 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.
I'm not sure how many times I've actually read this one, but it's still a favorite!!
Jan 15, 2009 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.
Douglas Milewski
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pegasus in Flight (1990) is the talents book that nobody asked for, one written to link up with her other psychic books set in the Nine Star League. Fluffy to a fault, the future depicted in this work is simultaneously utterly terrifying and authoritarian, and that's the good guys. The bad guys are worse.

The book itself follows three main plot lines: Tirla, Retinger, and the forced labor building of a space station. You read that right, forced labor. People are scared of talents because they're
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
'Pegasus in Flight' is the second in the "Talent" series. This book takes place about sixty years after 'To Ride Pegasus.' Rhyssa Owens is now the director is the Eastern Parapsychic Center. This story is more about two children that come under Rhyssa's tutelage: Tirla and Peter.

Tirla lives in the dens and warrens of the Linears, large 'projects' the blanket the metro center now called Jerhattan (New Jersey and Manhattan have combined to form one massive city.) She makes a living through her un
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Four stars because this was a favorite of my adolescence, but I have to say re-reading it reminded me of an argument I got into with a middle-aged man, back in my misspent youth. He was proclaiming the virtues of a certain Golden Age science fiction writer (I won't say which) and how this man wrote great books for young girls who liked science fiction, to which I responded, in essence, "Maybe back in the day that was true, but in this age of Anne McCaffrey and Robin McKinley, no." Young me had b ...more
George Sterling
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

Just finished reading the second in the talent series for the second time and still could not stop reading . Anne McCaffrey is one of my favorite authors her books have always kept me entertained.
Brian Gaston
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Not a bad book but the characters in the Pern series work better for me.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Oh boy. On the one hand, this is a really fun, exciting story that gives a lot of agency to its teen/preteen protagonists (a paraplegic boy named Peter who turns out to be telekinetic, and a pre-teen girl named Tirla who has carved out a niche for herself with her telepathic gift for translation despite her "illegal" status as an excess child born in violation of strict population control laws) and overall I think this is the book in the trilogy that I tend to come back to. On the other, the plo ...more
Erin Penn
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know, I am not sure I have ever read this book. It came out after I became an adult, had a good job, and could easily buy whatever I wanted, so it's been on my shelf forever - traveling across the country over 2,000 miles in various moves but I think I read it for the first time yesterday. Problem with the good job and adulthood is finding time to read. Lack of good job does have some pluses.

I've been reading so much new stuff from urban fantasy, romance, self-published, and new writers, I h
Hope Ranker
I originally read this as a kid in the nineties, and I remember really liking it. Going back and rereading it as an adult, it didn't hold up very well. To my eyes today this early McCaffrey world smacked of mild sexism, moderate racism, and a whollop of uncomfortable biological essentialism. Class struggles were OK in the end so long as you could escape them by having the upper class take you under their wing and lift you into their world. The thing that brought this up to a 3 for me instead of ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book leading into the Rowan series! After being disappointed with the Tower and the Hive, I was leary of going back to the beginning, but now I am amazed that I had not heard anything on this book. After reading this book, I am really tempted to reread the Rowan and the rest of the series again...!!!
Larry Wegman
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A fairly good story about kids with special powers, the people who want to use them selfishly, and those who want to direct them toward the good while also protecting them. Set in a very crowded, not-all-that-far future.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this one a lot more than the first of this series. The first laid the groundwork..this one took I guess it is aptly titled? I am certainly looking forward to the next one!!
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 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

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
Miranda Visser
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Apr 09, 2016 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
May 25, 2015 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
Brandon Meredith
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just read this darling book again. I love the boy and girl protagonists in this book. Peter and Tirla are wonderful characters with strong backstories and wonderful arcs that eventually merge and sublime. But everyone's great: Rhyssa, Sascha, Boris, Dave Lehardt, just everyone. And the bad guys are just so bad.

Also, the characters find themselves in all sorts of settings: crowded public housing, dark and foreboding rail yards, hospitals, a Florida spaceport, a religious revival, and on and on
Apr 04, 2014 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
Feb 17, 2016 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
Nov 21, 2015 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
Amy Bradley
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The second of the Pegasus series. Even in the future, there are still dregs of society who prey on children, trafficking them for labour, organs, and sex.

In a dense residential complex, Tirla lives as an illegal after the death of her mother and siblings, eking out an existence by doing odd jobs for other residents. Her own eldest brother was sold to traffickers when he was old enough and she is all too aware of the future facing some amongst her chronological peers.

Peter, paralyzed by a falling
Aug 12, 2013 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
Al "Tank"
Mar 26, 2012 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
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping story of two young people whose lives connect

This is the next generation twice removed from To Ride Pegasus. The Center for Talents is well established, but still has struggles to contend with in an untalented world. This book introduces two children from different backgrounds who are discovered to be talented. Their lives connect and are interwoven in the lives of the Talented at the Jerhatten Center on the estate inherited from George Jenner in the first book. There are gripping eme
Mar 07, 2012 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
Mar 05, 2011 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
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

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