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The Ables

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,204 ratings  ·  330 reviews
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 hi
Paperback, 364 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Clovercroft Publishing (first published January 1st 2015)
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Yes, we are publishing a hardcover. We have it in our database but Amazon hasn't updated it yet. The ISBN is 9781684423378.

And not a legit publi…more

Yes, we are publishing a hardcover. We have it in our database but Amazon hasn't updated it yet. The ISBN is 9781684423378.

And not a legit publisher. Ouch. I can tell you we work really hard to be legit. I mean we have been named to PW's fastest growing publisher list like 5 times and have over 5,000 titles, but we will keep working at it.

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Wolfkin It's very very light. And by light i mostly mean light in number. They're teenagers and they go through some heinous things at some points in the book…moreIt's very very light. And by light i mostly mean light in number. They're teenagers and they go through some heinous things at some points in the book so there's some mostly appropriate levels of cursing (a single word to punctuate how extreme a scene is). Having just finished the audio book I can remember maybe 3-4 instances. Easily skippable if you're reading to a young adult, not enough to corrupt if they're reading themselves and mild compared to prime time TV honestly.(less)

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Mar 25, 2015 marked it as to-read
So Jeremy from CinemaSins is taking his hand at writing, huh? I only have one thing to say here, Scene does not contain a lap dance *ding*. Looking forward to reading it
Mark Schlatter
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, e-book
I picked up this book (and actually preordered it) because the author is one of the founders of Cinema Sins --- one of my favorite YouTube channels and an excellent provider of genre-focused snark. I also liked the high concept; we follow a group of disabled middle school students who also have superpowers. Unfortunately, their disabilities sometimes hamper their ability to be super, as in the case of our protagonist Phillip, who is a blind telekinetic.

There's a lot of cleverness involved with
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Be warned, this is a long review.

As an avid viewer of Cinema Sins, my excitement when I heard that Jeremy Scott had written the book was impalpable, especially when I heard what the book was about.

‘The Ables’ is set in a world where superheroes (Custodians) live in secret while defending the world from evil. Each hero has their own abilities and must learn to use these by attending a special school. The main character is a twelve-year old boy called Philip Sallinger, with the gift of telekinesi
Sleepless Dreamer
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book has been on my currently reading shelf for 4 years so I'm very glad to have finally finished it.

So The Ables is about Phillip, a blind kid who learns that he and everyone in his city have superpowers. They are custodians, in charge of protecting the world and fighting villains. Philip befriends a gang of superhero kids with disabilities and participates in a villain fighting competition while also trying to deal with a mysterious figure. 

As an idea, this is awesome. I love the idea of
Apr 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: diversity-misc
You know cinemasins, that very funny and very sucessfull youtube channel about movies? Yeah, its voice and co-creator just published a book. Sadly, it is everything but funny. I (once again) wish goodreads had half-stars, because this deserves nothing more than 1,5 of them.

“The Ables” sounded like such an amazing story: a group of disabled middle schoolers discover they live in a world where everyone has superpowers. Sadly for them, their super powers and their disabilities clash - like in our
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have not heard of the author prior to requesting this book, so did not realize he had a large online following for his youtube channel. The book premise sounded interesting. I love superhero stories and I love when stories make a point of adding diversity to the cast.

The plot moved along quickly, and all the characters were likeable. It was a coming-of-age story for superheroes. I liked that in the end, (view spoiler)
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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I wanted to like this book so bad! I'm a big fan of the YouTube Channel CinemaSins and when I heard the voice behind it had written a book, I thought that was right into my alley. When I got an eARC of the book, I was very happy!

Jokingly I told my friends I would certainly go and sin the book just as the movies, but I didn't know that would be such a massive job. The premise of disabled super heroes working together to save the world and o
Heather Clawson
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked this book, I really did, and I don't want to sound like some sort of femma-nazi, BUT...

...Where in the hell are the female characters?

No joke, this book is 100%, straight up Sausage Fest. And the reason I have such a problem with that, is because there is absolutely no reason why it needs to be. It's not like this is a story about an all-boys swim team, or a Liberace memoir. There are only two women of any note in the book, and they're both mentioned a total of maybe two times before the
Jessica Strider
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jack Fairey
I picked up 'The Ables', as many people have, because I know Jeremy Scott through his Youtube channel. As a big fan of his, I was excited to see how he would turn his hand to writing; add an interesting premise that seemed straight down my street, and I was in.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed. And though Scott's Youtube fame will surely have boosted the sale of this book, I think it has also proved the book's downfall.

Now, that's not me suggesting that Youtubers can't write good books. But not
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was great!! Superheroes with disabilities, who are dimensional characters and have an awesome friendship. This book made me laugh and cry, and want to go to superhero school. I would have liked some more girl characters though.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book
I so so so wanted to like this novel! The idea is fun and unique. The characters, at first, seemed fully fleshed out and engaging. However, this is a great example of good ideas with poor execution and sloppy writing.

From just a reader perspective: Phrases and ideas are constantly repeated, and the same few character ticks are constantly used for the same characters, making them all seem very two dimensional. While this does leave room for sequels, I felt like there was very little emotion anywh
Michelle Elliott
Dec 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was a disappointment. I am not super familiar with CinemaSins, so I don't care about who the author is, but I was excited about the premise. Only a couple chapters in, I started wondering if this was a self-published book. Yup! The worst part is that if only Jeremy Scott had taken the time to get an agent and a proper editor with a real publishing house, this could have been an excellent book. The story itself is interesting, but he does an extremely mediocre job telling it, and there ...more
sabrina caho

The miracle cure is like the original sin to all sins. I’m tired of disabilities overcome in the easy way. Yeah, let’s fix the blindness of the main character by giving him, wait for it, sight!

Even better if the sight comes with instant knowledge of colors, shapes, depth perception and all those little things normal babies take many years to learn.


Children trying to pass as mature rational adults, shocker! Especially when most adults are not mature or rational, kids can clearly do a much b
Ric Chapin
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have to be honest.

I sorta-kinda, really-really don’t like this book.

I’m hopeful Jeremy Scott finds it in his heart to forgive an anonymous asshole on the internet for picking it apart, but -

The Ables:

This book feels as though someone took 3 separate stories like X-Men, Harry-Potter, and Hunger Games, blended them together and then tried to stich a plot from the choicest bits of each.

I can picture Jeremy at a table thinking to himself: “Okay, how can I incorporate what I talk about in Cinem
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really, really wanted to like this book.

It's the story of a group of disabled boys with super-powers. There's some fun adventure to this book, a good coming-of-age story, and it really has its heart in the right place with its treatment of the disabled. But there is so, so very much train-wreck to this book that I just can't enjoy it.

I felt like I couldn't go two pages without something jolting me out of suspension of disbelief. A boy in a wheelchair 'scampers'. The blind MC gains the ability
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 out of 5 stars. It was okay.

I really wanted to like this book. I'm subscribed to CinemaSins, I love their videos, and when I found out Jeremy Scott had written a book, I was excited to read it. The cover looks intriguing, the title is short but interesting. It's a story about a kid who's blind but has superpowers in a town full of superpowered-people. How could it not be good?

Well. Here we are.

The main thing that really ruined this book for me was the monumental amount of telling instead of
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing


(Okay.. I just needed to get that out.)

The premise of the book is that there really are superheroes in the world, that go by the term custodians. And the main character, Phillip Sallinger, has superpowers but is also blind, therefore having to overcome his blindness to be able to use his superpower. The book starts with him going to school and building a team with his other disabled superhero friends and just goes on from there… (I’m trying to avoid spoilers here.)

Tabea Vanessa
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book with all my heart and always will!
Emily Luebke
Sep 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Well... I made it. Oof. What can be said about this book except: it WAS NOT ready for publication. Just because a book has no/few spelling errors does not make it ready for publication. Jeremy Scott is obviously a novice and clearly had no one to take a firm hand and correct his many story telling missteps.

The characters ranged from cardboard to deeply unlikable. The MC was downright despise-able. He never grew or learned. He only leaned in harder to being an insufferable ass. His "friends" exis
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
You should know first that I am fan of Cinema Sins. Jeremy is half the writing team behind Cinema Sins and the narrator so when I saw on their Youtube channel that Jeremy had written a book I figured that I should check it out. It didn’t hurt that John Dies at the End author David Wong has a nice little quote up over on the book’s website. I jumped when I saw that Netgalley had it up. The Ables is about a secret society of superpowered peoples living around us. We don’t see them but they are the ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-current, ya
2.5 stars. It’s never good when you’re actively counting down the pages until the end of a book. Let’s start with what I liked. Obviously, I thought it was great to have disabled superheroes-it’s a cool concept. I liked that they all worked really hard to get used to their powers and their plans always went terribly. Nothing felt easy and there were real stakes. I also (mostly) liked the end confrontation, it was definitely the most into the book that I got.

Things I didn’t like (in no particular
Feb 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Read for the Lawrence Library Summer Reading Challenge

I really can't properly express how disappointed I was by this book. I wanted to love it! It's got such a great premise: disabled superhero kids learning how to navigate their powers in the context of their disabilities? That is a GREAT premise. But this book was held back by being easily 100 pages too long; inconsistent characterization; exposition-heavy dialogue and an adult-looking-back-on-childhood narration device that undercut any tensi
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, I liked this book. I picked it just because of the cover and I needed something to read on the plane. The idea of a group of disabled kids who are super heroes and need to learn how to use their powers to overcome their disabilities sounds amazing and it is...there were just a few things that took me out of the novel. One, besides the mother and a teacher, there were no women or girls in this book. The author talked about a deaf girl whose super power was super hearing...and I was hoping s ...more
Apr 19, 2015 marked it as zzz-books-not-for-me
Read from September 27 to 30, 2015
It's not bad, but it's just... inconsistent, repetitive, predictable, depressing, hard-to-follow towards the end, inconsistent x 20, illogical and boring... Not to mention THERE ARE NO GIRLS! Only one female side-character out of 20+ and she dies half way through. The villain was scary, but annoying. NO!
Sara Roncero-Menendez
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I wanted: humor, drama, adventure, plot twists. It was a ton of fun, I loved every moment and I could not put it down for long. I would pre-order a sequel in a heartbeat!
Kira Simion
Nov 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
I saw that this was by someone who worked on CinemaSins.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good. I don't regret reading it, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will enjoy it more than me, though -- I'm not sure if it's a 'guy thing,' or a 'kid thing,' since superheroes are loved by people of all ages and genders, but I suspect it just isn't my cup of tea. I shouldn't be surprised, as I have never understood/joined the superhero/comic book bandwagon. The only superhero movies I've seen are the Christopher Reeve Su ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
reading. (ding)

i liked the world, i liked most of the characters (henry was my favs) but it had some issues. i've never been a 12 year old boy, much less a handicapped 12 year old superhero but if i were, i don't think i'd say the word 'darn' as much. maybe that comes down to personality, but it didn't strike me as natural. another thing that bothers me isn't exactly specific to the story so it's not really a fault on the part of the book, but i have issues with places like sky high where the go
Anna Priemaza
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Would have given it four stars instead of three if it passed the Bechdel Test.
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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 2 years' time. A former online marketing consultant, Jeremy spends his time writing, being sarcastic, and greenly hoping to find a good laugh once a day. ...more

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