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Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 20 May 2017, 22:53
by Jaime Lync
[Following is a volunteer review of "Superhighway" by Alex Fayman.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Alex Fine, our protagonist (and narrator), was attracted by the internet from a very young age. Since he lived in a poor Los Angeles orphanage most of his life, he didn’t have many chances to access the internet until the orphanage got a computer lab when he was 18 years old. The very same night of the computer lab’s debut, Alex was able to access the internet in a completely surreal way – ‘electroportation’. Alex discovers that he is able to travel through the internet to anywhere in the world. Moreover, while in the digital web, Alex is also capable of downloading databases and manipulating archived data.

How does our protagonist decide to use his newfound superpowers? He determines to use these abilities for good. However, like so many well-intentioned young people, Alex must also wrestle with his natural impulsiveness, naivety, and inability to reel in his raging hormones. These character flaws shipwreck his noble schemes and lead to unexpected tragedies.

Superhighway by Alex Fayman is an intriguing fictional novel that cannot be boxed into one genre. The author masterfully blends sci-fi, romance, and crime in this thrilling book. Although the thought of traveling through the internet sounds implausible, Fayman provides a very convincing background story to explain why and how this mode of transportation was developed. The romance aspect of this book was not forced, nor was it an afterthought; rather, it complimented both the sci-fi and crime themes. Moreover, there was a portion of this book that had me in real suspense. I don’t usually experience suspense while reading, not even mystery books, so this was a great experience for me.

There were a couple of grammatical errors, but they were too insignificant to subtract from the enjoyment of Fayman’s masterpiece. I especially liked that the author opted to have many short chapters instead of a few long ones. However, the final chapter was a brief two paragraphs that left the story with a major cliffhanger and no signs of a second book on the way. Fortunately, after a quick Google search, I was happy to find out that Superhighway 2 was recently published (May 1, 2017). It also seems that the series is planned to be a trilogy. I hope to be able to read the entire series.

At first I was tempted to rate this novel 3 stars because of the inconclusive ending, however, after realizing that the second installment in the series is already available I decided to award Superhighway 4 out of 4 stars. I highly recommend this to everyone, especially sci-fi enthusiasts.

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Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 24 May 2017, 12:01
by Flor26
This is June's book of the month...awesome. The premise seems cool. Would love to read this. Great review.

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 24 May 2017, 12:14
by Jaime Lync
Hi Flor, I was really glad for the opportunity to read and review this great book. Hope you get to read it.

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 24 May 2017, 17:09
by Amagine
I read it too. It was really an interesting book. I liked the idea of a digital Robin Hood.

Great Review! :D

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 24 May 2017, 17:48
by Jaime Lync
Thanks for the comment Amagine. I am glad that you read it too because the book was really great for me.

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 25 May 2017, 12:22
by kandscreeley
I've started this book as it's book of the month in june. I think I got about halfway through, but for some reason it's not holding my attention. Thanks for the review, though.

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 25 May 2017, 13:36
by hsimone
Great review! I'm not usually a big sci-fi fan, but after reading your review, I am excited to give this one a try! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 25 May 2017, 14:58
by Jaime Lync
kandscreeley wrote:I've started this book as it's book of the month in june. I think I got about halfway through, but for some reason it's not holding my attention. Thanks for the review, though.
I totally understand you. This book was really good for me but I have my fair share of half read books that for some reason or the other I was not able to get engaged with the story- usually, it is the writing style that throws me off though at the time of reading I can't tell.
hsimone wrote:Great review! I'm not usually a big sci-fi fan, but after reading your review, I am excited to give this one a try! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
I'm glad my review was able to influence you. Hope you enjoy Superhighway.

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 25 May 2017, 19:16
by Spirit Wandering
I eagerly downloaded this book a few weeks ago when it was BOTD. I am really intrigued by the concept of entering the web and traveling along its "highway." Looking forward to the discussion forums when this becomes the BOTM for June. Which reminds me that we only have a few days left in May and a long holiday weekend is here. So I think it is time for me to dive into this one. Thanks for the review.

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 26 May 2017, 08:15
by Jaime Lync
Thanks for stopping by Spirit Wandering

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 26 May 2017, 21:45
by AuGold
Nice review! I am actually interested in reading this book after reading your thoughts. Thanks!

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 26 May 2017, 22:01
by Jaime Lync
Glad you liked it sis. Hope you get to read it.

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 28 May 2017, 10:46
by General Doc
This book sounds sweet! I always wanted a superpower like this. Thanks for sharing the review.

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 28 May 2017, 18:58
by Jaime Lync
Thanks for stopping by General Doc. Hope you get to read it.

Re: Review by Jaime Lync -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Posted: 30 May 2017, 18:20
by Azrevread
I read the sample on Amazon and the book seemed interesting. I thought you
wrote a great review and your review is one of the reasons why I've decided to read the
rest of the novel.