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The ABLES Paperback – May 1, 2015
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The heroes of this wildly inventive and unpredictable superhero epic don't want to be ignored, or pitied, or placed on a pedestal. They want what all of us want: The chance to forge their own destiny. The fictional world The Ables inhabit struggles to admit it needs its team of Special Ed heroes. But it does, and I would say our pop culture landscape (and, you know, your bookshelf) needs them even more.
Executive Editor of Cracked.com and NY Times Bestselling Author
About the Author
Jeremy Scott is a writer and entertainer from Nashville, TN. He is the co-creator & narrator of CinemaSins, a YouTube channel dedicated to movie-related comedy that has amassed over 3.8 million subscribers in under two years' time. A former online marketing consultant, Jeremy spends his time writing, being sarcastic, and generally hoping to find a good laugh once a day.
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Usually I'm fantastic at predicting the plots of books, however this one caught me off guard. Every time i figured the author didn't have the balls to make a story choice, he did.
Killing off Philip's mother caught me off guard. Most authors would have twisted the plot and found an unrealistic way to save her. Scott didn't do that. He let her die because the story required it.
Having Chad be a spy was another tough choice. It went against genre conventions. In any other story, his turn around would have been genuine. It would have been an after school special. And Scott turned it in the other direction, and followed through.
There were mistakes in the book. I'm still looking for an email of the author to send them in. There are several times Philip, who can't see without Henry's help, looks at things on his own. One example is when they meet Finch on Halloween: Henry turned away, but Philip stared Finch down, independently.
Also, near the climax when Chad is sneaking Philip and Henry into the school, it is said that he puts a hand on each of their shoulders. Chad lost an arm. He only has one hand, not two.
I admit, I saw Finch being Thomas Sallinger coming from a mile off. I think it was the easy choice, and I don't quite approve of it.
All in all, it was a well-written, very strong story with emotional impact. The characters felt genuine, and the plot flowed smoothly, and Donnie's sacrifice made me cry.
10/10 Tricia's would read again.
Having said that, there were a few of things that bothered me...
First and foremost, there were some typos, a switch in narration perspective, and other such things. That is to be expected, it's a first edition. No matter how many times something is proofread, some errors will sneak through.
Secondly, Mrs. Crouch (the main characters' teacher) said something that really threw me off. She said there are documents that had been found that dated from "before Biblical times" mentioning custodians. Now assuming she's referencing the Christian Bible, that collection of writings covers about 4,000 years. So the question I'm left asking is, which Biblical time is she saying the custodial documents date before? I mean 4,000 years is a long time. She may as well have said, a long time ago. Both statements are pretty vague and teachers are usually more precise than that.
The third thing was just a continuity error that I'm sure will be corrected in future printings. On page 144, some of the characters enter the library at night and Phillip notices that the library is warmer than usual and that "they had the thermostat set higher for the overnight hours". This is plausible enough, during the day there are people and computers keeping the library warmer and if the librarians want to keep the library a consistent temperature (to help preserve the books) they'd keep it a little warmer during off hours. However, on page 196 when Phillip and company return to the library another night, Phillip states, "it was also colder than ever, with the building's heat turned down for the overnight hours". This literally made me go, wait, what? and I turned back to the aforementioned page to double check. If there's a reason for this that I missed, let me know.
As I said, I really enjoyed reading this. I'm glad Mr. Scott got to fulfill his dream and share this world he created with us.
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Liked the characters and how they didn't let their disabilities define them like some others did.Read more
Sentence: Movie adaptation
(With Jeremy, and Chris co-producing)
PLEASE tell me there's a follow up of some kind? I'm not easily impressed, and I'm also a 26 year old female, and I still enjoyed this book to the point...Read more