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The ABLES

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The ABLES

Superpowers, superheroes and superhero school. What more does a book need? As soon as I read the description of THE ABLES on the jacket cover, author Jeremy Scott had me hooked. In Scott’s debut young adult novel, we explore the superhero city of Freepoint through Phillip Sallinger, a 12-year-old boy who's just discovered his telekinetic powers. Telekinesis is a very rare power in the superhero world, but Phillip struggles to use his powers to their maximum potential because he is blind. Because we experience the world through Philip, the readers go through the novel as if we are blind as well.

Phillip is enrolled in the Special Education class in his superhero high school, where he becomes friends with fellow Special Ed students who have superpowers such as mind reading, super smarts and teleportation. This year, the high school reopens the SuperSim, a full-scale, city-wide simulation where the students get the chance to compete in teams and try to save the day. Much to Phillip's dismay, all Special Ed students are barred from entering the competition. As Phillip and his friends ban together to fight this discrimination, they begin to discover something much more heinous lurking undetected in Freepoint that could jeopardize all superheroes.

Perhaps another author could not have held my attention for 364 pages without major visual descriptions, but Scott masterfully integrates humor and action into his first book. 

In the prologue to THE ABLES, Phillip tells his audience, "For a good portion of this tale, you'll have to rely on the information I gleaned from my other senses as well as the eyewitness accounts of my friends. Don't worry; I'll do my best to compensate for my lack of vision with my other four senses." Although I had my doubts about "seeing" Freepoint through a blind narrator, Scott succeeds in using the four senses other than sight to weave his tale. The majority of the novel is conversations between Phillip and other characters, and I quickly found I could do without visual descriptions of characters and places.

Perhaps another author could not have held my attention for 364 pages without major visual descriptions, but Scott masterfully integrates humor and action into his first book. Although I was able to predict parts of the plot, the ending of the novel took me completely by surprise. I found that I couldn't put THE ABLES down once the plot started unraveling.

I would recommend THE ABLES to anyone who enjoyed SKY HIGH or just wants to read something written by the co-creator of Cinema Sins. If you appreciate superheroes, witty banter or coming-of-age stories, THE ABLES is definitely for you.

Reviewed by Drew Fulton on July 23, 2015

The ABLES
by Jeremy Scott

  • Publication Date: May 1, 2015
  • Genres: Children's, Fantasy
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1940262658
  • ISBN-13: 9781940262659