You may recall I recently reread The Ables and enjoyed it. Today I’m here to talk about the recently released sequel, Strings. I’m bringing you a mini-review today for two reasons: 1) I hate to talk too much about the plots of sequels/series; and 2) I don’t have a whole heck of a lot to say, unfortunately.
Strings (Ables #2) by Jeremy Scott
My Edition: ARC paperback – 269 pages – 2019 – Turner – ISBN: 9781684423392
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
The book takes place a few years after the events of the first book; nothing in Freeport is the same, though everyone is doing their best to carry on after the losses. The Ables find themselves making a plan to fight once more when other custodians begin to disappear and crime committed by custodians is on the rise.
Strings is a decent sequel, but I’m guessing it’s suffering from middle-child syndrome. I really hope there’s at least one more book in the series (and I certainly think it could carry on longer), as this book felt more like a set-up or segue into a third. I also hope there are more books because I enjoy them.
Phillip is still a solid narrator, but his thoughts felt incredibly repetitive in this book. I know we’re in his head, and that’s probably very accurate, but I have my own repetitive thoughts, thanks. It felt tiresome sometimes – along the lines of telling, not showing. But I appreciate that he continues to do his best to remain thoughtful and caring, and recognizes his ego when it gets the best of him.
There was another villainous monologue. -Insert ding noise here- They’re always sinned on Cinema Sins; gotta sin ‘em when I see ‘em! My other issue was the end. There is one major death and, unfortunately, it was low-impact for me. It should have hit me right in the feels, but something about the scene wasn’t strong enough. I was a little saddened, but…I’m not sure what it needed, but it needed something a bit more.
Regardless, this was still a pretty fun read and I was glad to see the involvement of more characters (and female ones!) outside the core group of guys. I’m eager to see what other power and disability combinations could be explored in the future, and how the characters progress from the events in this book. If you liked the first book, definitely check this out.