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  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing (May 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940262658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940262659
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ables was a extremely well thought out and executed novel. The book had me captivated the whole time I was reading it. Part of the reason it was so great was how original it was. The main characters all of whom have a disability of some form or another made the telling of this story very unique. I don't know about you but a disabled superhero story is something I have never read before. I have read a lot of superhero books before and while this may not be the absolute best of all of them it is definitely up there. I read this book all day for about 12 hours straight. It really is that good. If you're a fan of superhero books you need to read this one. If you're a fan of just great fiction you should read it too.
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I gave The Ables a five star review because I truly enjoyed the story, and think that it was an original and well executed idea. However, the finished product was difficult to read at points, and my immersion was broken at several points throughout the journey. If you are looking for a fast, well written, and original young adult story about truly ‘handicapable’ children, then The Ables is for you. Just be prepared to scratch your head over formatting, chapter design, and the occasional missed detail. Below are spoilers for the book, and I would recommend that anyone who is interested in reading it stop now.

Let’s get the bad out of the way, and then end on a high note.
First off, the entire formatting of the book was a confusing choice. Having non indented paragraphs with large spaces between them was distracting and difficult to ignore. My thought is that the author did this intentionally to imitate how I imagine brail might read. Large spaces to separate thoughts and an unattractive presentation that is easier for the blind to read. If that was an intention decision then I applaud the originality. If it wasn’t, well… I would just pretend that it was.
I also noted several errors in formatting. One paragraph was split at the end leaving three words floating, another chapter ended on what I assume was supposed to be the heading of the following page, and several pages were left entirely blank. As a self-published author myself I understand how difficult it can be to catch everything, but some of these were fairly obvious, and a quick look would have found them.
I also found myself confused on the time line of things. One chapter would end, then in the next the character says it’s been weeks when it only read like one day.
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The first thing you need to know is that 'The Ables' is written for a younger audience than you may expect given the content of the authors CinemaSins videos. This is a YA novel, very reminiscent of Harry Potter.

The book centers around Phillip, a blind telekinetic and his group of friends, each of whom has a different superpower and disability that renders them an outcast even in the superhero community. But, over time, they learn to fight the forces of evil together.

Like I said, the book is fairly Harry Potter-lite. Plain every-boy character discovers he has hidden powers and goes on adventures with them and his friends. In the beginning, the prose was decent, but nothing truly memorable. However, after the first third, Scott kicks the writing up a notch, taking his characters through some unexpected trials and tribulations I had not expected and were quite fun to read.

That's not to say that they're weren't flaws. There was maybe one good female character worth mentioning, and her scenes are a blip in the radar of a 300 page book. The plot twists are all things anyone could see coming a mile away without even trying. And, of course, they're were a handful of notable plot holes. The only one I'll mention is that they do have healers, and they don't explain why they can't cure most of the disabilities.

All in all, this book was mostly just average. If you like superheroes, you'll probably like this.

BOOK SIN TOTALS: 4

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If you're looking for an encouraging portrayal of superheroes with legitimate disabilities you'll have to look further. In regards to the main character, it felt more like the writer was basically trying to just bypass his disability instead of working through it and honing his skills in spite of everything in a Realistic way. Mark it, Realistic, even for a Superhero book. Every attempt to have the character's disability ignored was taken and it felt like what it was, a cheat. For a first attempt at published writing I feel like maybe he should have just stayed away from this element altogether. Not to say that a writer can't explore their abilities to write from different perspectives then they're used to but lack of knowledge about disabilities in general made certain points in the story painful. I'm not blind (partially deaf) but I found his portrayal of the character's agency without sight to be somewhat demeaning. When he did mention Phillip's disability it was usually followed by a comment surrounding how very un-fun and limiting it is to be disabled but, you know, that should have been the point. No one wants to be blind or deaf or wheelchair bound but you can't control life and Phillip got to on some level. He literally got to ignore his disability and it sends the wrong message.
MOVING ON FROM MY RANT ABOUT DISABILITIES TO THE ACTUAL REVIEW:
Noble attempt but ultimately a bit drab and stereotypical which is odd coming from a guy who points out inconsistencies and cliches for a living.
The book is not terrible but it can be downright laughably insufferable with a few glaring perspective inconsistencies given the character's disability and obvious plot points. The end was downright stupidly insane and I saw the "hero" coming 1/3 of the way through.
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