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I did have fantastic hearing, mostly by virtue of being blind.But that couldn't actually mean that he's trying to tell me I have super powers, right? Because that would be ridiculous.
It wasn't the sex talk he expected. Phillip Sallinger's dad has told him he's a custodian - a guardian - and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He'll learn to move objects with his mind. Excited to begin superhero high school until he discovers he's assigned to a special-ed class for disabled empowered kids, he suddenly feels like an outsider. Bullied, threatened, and betrayed, Phillip struggles even as he and his friends - calling themselves the Ables - find ways to maximize their powers to overcome their disabilities and are the first to identify the growing evil threatening humanity. As vital custodians disappear and the custodian leadership is mired in indecision, a mysterious and powerful figure taunts Phillip, and the enemy is poised to strike. But what if the next "one who does all", the multigifted custodian predicted to come, is one of the Ables?
The Ables is a fast-paced, captivating debut novel from Jeremy Scott, a bold new voice in fantasy and sci fi and already a widely popular storyteller as cocreator and narrator of CinemaSins, a YouTube channel that has amassed more than 3.8 million subscribers in under two years.
The reading was way too fast! I love this book. Figured out the ending pretty quick, but great plot development. Key word: development, because this is a book that gets better over time.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
I don't read a lot of fiction, but I'm a fan of the author's CinemaSins YouTube channel so I decided to give this one a try. And I'm glad I did - The Ables is a thoroughly entertaining adventure tale reminiscent of childhood favourites like The Goonies.
Jeremy is a capable story teller with a visual style that shines through even in a novel written from a blind person's point of view. His experience with film is evident in the structure and story beats, which would translate almost one-to-one into a film script if ever this story were picked up by a studio.
The author also proves to be a capable narrator, which is not surprising given his background in entertainment. It took me a few minutes to settle in to his fast rhythm of speech, but once I did I found it brought the scenes to life more vividly than if a slower speaker had been running the show.
I did see some of the plot twists coming a fair way in advance. I imagine it's hard to fine tune a story like this to the point where everything is sufficiently foreshadowed so the twists make sense when they come, without giving the game away too early for most readers. For me personally, some were a bit too obvious, but I don't know if that means they really are too obvious or if I'm just smarter than average (if I had to choose, I'd say it's definitely the second one). I think there were also a couple of consistency problems (I know I'm taking a leap suggesting consistency problems in a story by the guy who does CinemaSins, so I may be wrong about this), mostly to do with the main character Phillip's blindness and his actions at times that didn't always seem to fit with the restrictions of the various ways he and his friends negate the disability throughout the story.
I could be wrong, and even if I'm right, these minor inconsistencies don't detract from the genuinely entertaining story. In fact the story is probably better for not getting bogged down in the semantics of blindness workarounds - for the purposes of a story about people with super-human abilities, it's probably enough that we just accept Phillip has a workaround that allows him to act like a sighted person despite his physical blindness.
Overall, The Ables is a genuinely entertaining adventure story, a great read that would also make a great movie. I'm looking forward to seeing Jeremy continue the story in a sequel and then round out the trilogy with a third book that will inevitably be split into two films in the big screen adaptation.
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
Pretty good, fun, and exciting story. Bro needs to slow down his narrating though. Just chill man. savor them words. They're good words.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
I like to use quotes from the book, but the only two I came up with, would give you the wrong impression of the book. I don't want there to be any question, that this is one really good book. I have had this in my library for some time, hesitating, simply because the main character is blind. I know it is a sort of a prejudice, I need to get over, but I thought him being blind would make this boring.
This is entertaining at all times and is smartly done. The Ables are a group of disabled students with super powers in a school of kids with super powers. They get discriminated against by the adults and picked on by school bullies. The author never takes the easy way out and their are not any Kumbayah moments when things just happen to go right for the kids, because they are disabled. Matter of fact their are a few times when things go so wrong with what they do, that you might agree with the adults, who are discriminating against them.
This is a YA book, because the main characters are twelve and because their is no sex and no bad language. There are also some thinly veiled lessons on growing up, that didn't hurt me, a 58 year old man, to hear. I highly recommend this to people of all ages.
The narrator is the author and he does a really good job. Some complain that he reads too fast and I admit that he reads fast, but that only saved me from hitting the speed button on my player. I do feel that Will Wheaton would have been even better and if their are any sequels, now that Scott has hit the big time, maybe he could afford Wheaton.
I know too that these are twelve year old boys, who rarely hang out with twelve year old girls and their is a strong female older character, but I still think any sequel, should have a girl.
74 of 87 people found this review helpful
The story is great, really well set up for s sequel?! The only problem I had was that it was read very quickly!
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Flowed nicely, but the narrator/author made no attempt to differentiate between the characters. A professional narrator would have been better.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
The book was a pleasant surprise. We've all read the super hero stories with characters who deal with challenges in their real lives. Often, in keeping with the comic tone of such stories, the character flaws are superficial, or do not impact the character's super hero powers in any way. Scott's refreshing take on the super hero concept lies in a thorough exploration of disability contrasted with super ability. When viewed from such a perspective, the resulting characterization is richly nuanced by the conflicts arising from being differently abled in the fullest sense of the term. We purchased this story because my son is a fan of Cinema Sins on Youtube. Having only seen an episode or two, made this story even more of a happy surprise as Scott's story hints at hidden depth in the Sins reviewer. Perhaps the best thing Scott does is to teach us that one does not have to have a disability to learn courage from someone who does. By the way, this is not a sugar-coated, syrup fest. Scott does a credible job of giving us a young adult perspective. The lack of extensive swearing makes this possible to listen to as a family, for example on a road trip, which is how we listened. In my opinion, it's one of the best young adult books of the year, and I've read quite a few this past year. A note for parents of color (a factor that impacts my view of stories because it can have such a negative impact on children of color), the story is diverse. Scott does slip into the African American character against the world stereotype, and while I I find these types of characterizations annoying, they are rife in the writing world. In this instance, it does not mar the enjoyment of the story.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful
Jeremy Scott took care to make a story about a boy overcoming his shortcomings, that feels like a real boy, with legitimate reactions to triumphs and hardships.
It holds both your attention, and your imagination, by sticking to the core need of any good story; relatable characters, who's motivations though different from your own, is still understood as honest behavior by the character.
I would say, the only issue I had is, every character seems to curse identically, which is a mild complaint at worst. it neither overwhelms the book, nor does appear in inappropriate portions of the text.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Ables in three words, what would they be?
Fascinating, Fantastic, and Awesome.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ables?
I'd have to say the most memorable moment was when Phillips was told he has superpowers.
Which scene was your favorite?
The scene with Finch transforming into a Fiery demon and terrorizing the group of pre teens.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, it was the most interesting thing I'd been listening to.
Any additional comments?
Jeremy Scott, I believe you should (if you're not already doing this) create a trilogy of books about The Ables. It has so much promise and could even become a movie if a studio sees your fans following and supporting it.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
My only complaint is that sometimes the audio would change levels and sound like different takes were cut together instead of it sounding like one big take. Overall I still liked it, it's a definite re listen and I would love to see an animated series or a movie based of it.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about The Ables?
The style of writing really makes it seem quite mature even if the age group is quite young in the story. It has this rich theme to it even though it's been used before, the genre I mean. However I can see opinions you have expressed in youtube videos and such really being played into your work. I like that. I wanted to listen to you because you did it. You have such a rich style that is very refreshing - you are my lemonade in the Summer. I'm only half way through the audiobook as I just had to write this before I forget. Whatever the outcome I know it's going to be well written and done.
What did you like best about this story?
From the very beginning it was the characters, how simple yet balanced they were. I love Super-powered people to have some downside and playing off that really is cool. It's almost like Heroes the TV - you know Hiro Nakamora that could control time but in the end the more he used it he began to develop brain traumas. I like the realness to the characters for me I could listen to this a thousand times and will still feel these characters are more real, more fleshed out than some large global books..*cough*Twilight*cough.* With their tofu-farting-melodramatic-sparkling characters that just were boring. <br/><br/>For teen drama - I like this. I like this alot.
What about Jeremy Scott’s performance did you like?
His voice was smooth, calm but changed with the scene. I am glad that he did not change his voice to make it sound more feminine by keeping this neutrality to the characters voices I was able to create my own mental image of what they are.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Not sure I could answer this question actually, it's not my place to create a tag line. How would I be able to do that really? I'm no director, I am if anything a person that wants to become an author but has no real education to make that happen. This is one of those things I don't think it should have a tag-line - not really - just let me movie or book speak for itself. The more we give away of a movie or book the less it becomes if I was to say anything just keep it simple, nothing over the top. Perhaps - "Pardon me, donde esta la biblioteca?"
Any additional comments?
Though I am not an official reviewer nor educated enough to really break this book apart into small amount of details - which I won't. But I only gave it four stars across the board because it's as goes everything has sins be it a movie or book though I do want to make it clear I am judging this as a reader not a viewer. I expect there are things that could be fixed, could be changed or small things wrong but that doesn't matter not to me. I did it out of principle and I hope Jeremy - though I doubt he would read this or see it - would respect my decision. <br/><br/>I love your work, chap. Write more. The world needs to see your creations.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I had seen The Ables advertised a while ago, but never gave it much thought. I liked the CinemaSins videos on YouTube, but would that same level of entertainment extend to a book? Let alone one about disabled superhero kids?
There are few moments when I have chosen against my gut feeling and have been glad to say my gut was wrong. My gut was deliriously wrong in this case. The Ables is a wonderful story, crafted with such loveable well-rounded characters. The audiobook is narrated by the author and I wouldn't have it any other way. Each joke is delivered perfectly, and when tragedy strikes, the emotional weight is carried well. If I were to offer constructive feedback (not that it matters; The Ables doesn't need my meddling), there are only two female characters who have any impact and they aren't there for long. That is not to say every niche, gender, race or creed needs to be catered to, but I can only imagine how much I would love to read this story to my daughter and give her a character with whom to bond.
But I don't have a daughter; in fact I have two sons and so their needs are covered!
Ten years or so ago, a generation of kids discovered the Harry Potter series. I hope ten years or so from now, I can grin with the knowledge that I was one of the first to consume this treasure.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Jeremy Scott is great narrating quick cuts in his YouTube videos but the similar cutting (sometimes with different/poorer microphones) made the performance of this book difficult to get to grips with the spoken flow.
Awesome. Hope this is the first of many. From start to finish a great book.
This is a fun dook with lots of interesting characters as disabled man I would love to read this book as a child as it is so rare to have books focusing on disabled heroes
This is a wonderful story, but the narrator goes too fast! The drama is lost. I felt like he was desperate for the loo so he was reading quickly. I recommend reading it yourself.
I cannot believe, that I have recorder a video-review, but completely forgot to actually write one. To put it bluntly this is by far, my most favorite book of 2015. I own it in all available formats to date, and even played the test-drive of the newly in-testing video game from the story's expanded universe (by the way the game was great on PC, so looking forward to the full version!).
If you follow my YouTube review's you already know my spoiler free-talk on it. However Gooodreads is special, so I will say with full bias - this story is simply put GREAT. I re-read it so many times I lost count, and re-listened to it too, the Audiobook version is a great story companion.
If you are looking for a light-hearted read, this is probably not it, but it is realistic, as realistic as super-hero pre-teen sci-fi in a small town America, can be. There are great characters in the story, seeing disability represented in such humanistic way is refreshing.
I am in line for the series continuation, and hope more books in the story will be written. But for now will go play the tie-in video game to pass the time!
Narration was quite fast, so I needed to slow the speed slightly. A neat concept for a story
everyone in the book is great to hang out with and the story is very engrossing with enough twist to keep you guessing
it was fun to listen to but I did make a prediction about the ending pretty early on
This book was amazing and very inspiring, it is definitely one of the best books I've ever read. The voice work was perfect, highly recommend.
Please do yourself a favour and listen to this book. I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a story. I finished it in three days and wasn't bored for a second of it. You rock Jeremy! I really hope this isn't the only book you write.