The Ables

  • by Jeremy Scott
  • Narrated by Jeremy Scott
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Genuinely entertaining

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.
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- John

The reading was way too fast! I love this book.

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.
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- javion

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2015
  • Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing