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The Ables

The Ables, Book 1
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Series: The Ables, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
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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. He's 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 multi-gifted 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 science fiction.

©2019 Jeremy Scott (P)2019 Tantor

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Unique super hero story.

Unique super hero story from a blind person's perspective. Great storyteller and narrator. Counted only 5 sins.

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Perfect...NETFLIX NEEDS TO CUT A CHECK

This was amazing first book on my account and worth it can’t wait till the Fall!!!

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a fun take on a familiar premise

a little too derivative of Harry Potter but a fun take on a familiar premise, gets me in the mood for the next season of my hero academia also

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Excellent fresh new perspective on the Hero genre.

Having disabilities myself I appreciate the fresh perspective the author takes. The focus on doing the best you can with what you got is relatable to everyone.

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An interesting take on Superheroes

"What if the mutations the X-men suffered from were more detrimental than just having random abilities?"

It's an interesting proof of concept largely unexplored for comics to have heroes like Nightcrawler lose such a key component to what makes their ability work, and this book delivers well on that concept.

While it does still fall into the usual pitfalls I would associate with modern YA fiction, it's never enough to take me out of the world that the author is trying to build and develop.

In between the talk about prophecies and all-powerful villains, the story is still about kids learning to use their powers and relying on each other to push past the natural limits their disabilities place on them. Some of the abilities are left somewhat vague/aren't really touched upon, which can be annoying for some. I personally didn't focus on it, but if you're one of the people who need concrete rules and explanations, it's not really a key factor here.

I enjoyed that the main character isn't a typical heroic figure. Sometimes he messes up in major ways and that works to the story's advantage. Stories in a similar vein will often see children falling into the role of "hero" naturally and with little effort, and that starts to wear thin. Having a character try as hard as he does and still fall short provides good conflict and interesting situations for them to work through.

I honestly prefer to watch someone give it their all and fail than barely try and succeed. There's more opportunities to grow in the former.

To keep it short, I enjoyed this story and eagerly anticipate the sequel.

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  • 08-12-19

A reasonably decent children’s book.

As a blind reader, the start of this book feels very awkward in the repeated explanations of visual impairment. I feel this book gives a very wonky view on how disabled children are treated. The story was interesting although fairly transparent. The writing is a little bit basic compared to other fantasy books that I generally readso felt childish and flat.