“I simply nodded, not realizing the gravity of what I was agreeing to learn. He said “super powers”, right?”

22490206What is this book about?

Phillip Sallinger thinks he’s going to have ‘the talk’ when his father drives him out to an abandoned cornfield. Instead of learning about safe sex however, Phillip finds out he’s a superhero. He comes from a long line of superpowered humans, calling themselves Custodians and now lives in a small town populated almost entirely by other superheroes.

Moving is always hard, but when you just find out that you’re a superhero, that all of your new classmates are one, it will be even harder. Besides being a hero, Phillip is also blind and because of this he’s put in a special needs class with other supes-in-training who all have disabilities of their own.

Why is it boring?

If you never dreamed of becoming a superhero and never tried to lift anything with your mind, than you won’t like this book. You won’t be able to relate to the excitement and amazement of suddenly finding yourself surrounded by a magical world.

Who would you recommend it to?

If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a superhero and tried to lift things with your mind when you were younger, this book is for you. Also, if you’re done with the standard superpower story and you’re looking for something fun and new, this book about a bunch of disabled kids trying to save the world is definitely going to make you laugh. I’m making it sound really offensive, but just trust me on this.

Why should I read it if it’s boring?!

This book is just so much fun. The opening of the book, where Phillip finds out he’s a superhero, is perfect. He respond exactly the way you would respond, being completely in awe, but at the same timing having loads of questions.  Phillip was a good main character anyway, making understandable decisions and mistakes alike. I felt like I would have acted the same way and thought the same things and never once raised my fist in despair of anyone’s stupidity. But Phillip wasn’t the only strong character. His friends and their unfortunate disabilities were equally great. Sometimes the powers/disabilities conjunction was a bit too much, like the hulk-like Freddy who could blow himself up the size of building, but had asthma which made him shrink down as soon as he does so. But Scott definitely knows how to hit you in the feels with them as well, making a girl with super-hearing deaf so her power is completely useless or putting Phillip’s friends and family in danger. And this is what I think the book does best. It constantly made me feel like the stakes were actually high. Although I knew Phillip wasn’t going to die, because he narrates the story from the future, I did feel like everyone else was fair game. The villains they are up against have immense power and the scene were this gets established is exciting and scary. I understood why everyone was scared and felt afraid right along with them that we might lose someone. I think The Ables stays a bit on the safe side with this, definitely taking risks, but not going as dark as it could have. I’m not sure I could have dealt with more people getting hurt though. The only point of improvement for the book would be that I think it could have used a bit more editing. The story and characters are amazing and original, but I found the transitions a bit jarring. This pulled me out of the story, when all I wanted was to loose myself further in the world The Ables. The ending of the book does seems open to a sequel and if Jeremy Scott decides to write one, I will definitely be in line to read it.

Rating: 4/5

Review Copy attained through Netgalley with special thanks to the publisher Clovercroft Publishing.

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Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She's one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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