For an overpopulated Earth, whose resources are strained to the breaking point, there is only one place to look for relief: straight up. With the successful completion of the Padrugoi Space Station, humanity has at last achieved its first large-scale permanent presence in space. Additional bases are feverishly being built on the Moon and on Mars, stepping-stones to the greatest adventure in all history: the colonization of alien worlds. Already long-range telescopes have identified a number of habitable planets orbiting the stars of distant galaxies. Now it’s just a matter of getting there.
But there are those who, for selfish motives of their own, want Padrugoi and the other outposts to fail; people who will stop at nothing to maintain their power or to avenge its loss. Standing in their way are the Talented, men and women gifted with extraordinary mental powers that have made them as feared as they are respected - and utterly indispensable to the colonization effort.
There is Peter Reidinger, a teenage paraplegic who happens to be the strongest telekinetic ever, his mind capable of teleporting objects and people thousands of miles in a blink of an eye. Yet all of his power cannot repair his damaged spine or allow him to feel the gentle touch of a loved oneOwen, the powerful telepath and mother hen to Peter and the rest of her “children” - and a fierce, unrelenting fighter against the prejudice that would deny the Talented the right to lead happy and productive livesAmariyah, an orphan girl who loves two things in the world above all others: gardening and Peter Teidinger. And woe to anyone who harms either one of them - for the young girl’s talent may prove to be the most amazing of all.
Now, as sabotage and attempted murder strike the Station, it’s up to the Talented to save the day. Only who’s going to save the Talented?
I liked the first colony ship being named the Andre Norton. I wonder how she felt about it. I had to do an online search for the name of the second colony ship: Arrakis. It’s a planet also known as Dune from the series by Frank Herbert. And, of course, the third A-ship, Avalon is Arthurian in nature. Bradbury for the first B-ship was easy to figure out and I'm wondering what the second one would be - possibly Ben Bova? Clarke for a C-ship and I'd better stop here or I could be going all day although "Q" & "X" might slow me down! :)
I'm currently reading #1 Son of Avonar by Carol Berg at work. So far, it's just an okay book, nothing spectacular but I'm only on page 80! I'm going to start a mystery next: #1 Secrets, Lies and Alibis by Patricia H. Rushford and Harrison James.