Review by teacherjh -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

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Review by teacherjh -- Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Post by teacherjh » 15 May 2018, 22:49

[Following is a volunteer review of "Superhighway" by Alex Fayman.]
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Superhighway by Alex Fayman is a science fiction novel that explores the excitement, opportunities, and challenges of having an extraordinary ability. The main character, Alex, discovers by accident that he has the ability to physically travel around the world through the internet.

The story begins at the end. Alex is sitting on his private Caribbean island contemplating the consequences of his reckless actions. The rest of the story is told as a flashback. Alex grew up in an orphanage, not knowing anything about his parents. It was here, as a teenager, that he first discovered his gift. He is looking at a beach scene in Hawaii when he is literally pulled into the web by way of the internet cable. The description of his trip through a maze of lighted passages is quite creative. Alex lands in Hawaii safe, sound, and hungry. This is only the first taste of his adventures. Hardly considering going back to his old life, Alex must find ways to survive. His primary problem is lack of money, but his new gift gives him opportunities to find it. Stealing from corrupt gangsters for his own lavish desires as well as generously helping others are the main themes in the first half of the book. It wouldn’t take much guesswork to realize that this life is fraught with danger. The author also winds in questions about Alex’s family history and where the power came from originally. This is the first book in a series and it ends on quite a cliffhanger.

I love the premise of this book, and it was executed well. The latter portion of the book where mysteries are revealed and the action heats up was quite exciting. In addition, I found that the author made good use of figurative language. For example, when Alex is returned to the orphanage after a failed attempt at adoption, he says he feels like “a defective product being returned to the store.”

Unfortunately, the main thing I did not like about this book was the protagonist. He was immature and superficial. He spent too much time admiring himself and chasing a new girl in every country. He went way over the top with spending on himself for my taste. Still, I can’t blame the author for my personal preferences, and the opening scene does show him contemplating his actions. Perhaps his character will develop more depth in the sequel.

This novel had very few editing errors, and the plot was well done. Despite my own misgivings, I am rating it 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mystery and science fiction.

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Post by Helen_Combe » 16 May 2018, 12:09

Great review. I would have liked to read this book, but I can never get Amazon gifts to download. It looks as exciting as I though it would be. Let’s hope some of the arrogance rubs off the main character.
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Post by teacherjh » 16 May 2018, 12:21

Helen_Combe wrote:
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Great review. I would have liked to read this book, but I can never get Amazon gifts to download. It looks as exciting as I thought it would be. Let’s hope some of the arrogance rubs off the main character.
That must be so frustrating to have the country of origin limitations. Thanks for commenting on my review.

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Post by haleygerstenberg » 16 May 2018, 16:46

It's fun to see how we have varying levels of appreciation and patience for different aspects of the book. I hadn't really thought much about the use of figurative language, but you're absolutely right, the author has a knack for it — great review!

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Post by Echo Haapala » 16 May 2018, 18:46

I laughed when you said that he spent a lot of time admiring himself and girls. I thought the same exact thing. I also felt like he was obsessed with Nikes. :D I really liked how your review mentioned that it was a flashback. Very clever to describe it that way. Great review!

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Post by Kendra M Parker » 16 May 2018, 19:49

I reviewed this book as well, and I came to many of the same conclusions that you did about the protagonist. He was a bit annoying at times with his self-centeredness. Yes, he gave away lots of money to help people, but even that was almost just so that he could feel good about doing something wrong.

That line you mentioned about the failed adoptions broke my heart when I read it. Adoption is so close to my own heart. Sadly, I think that line is very real to far too many orphans. Watching that brokenness affect him so deeply made my heart connect with him. It also explained to me why he had trouble making lasting connections with people.

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Post by teacherjh » 17 May 2018, 09:28

Echo Haapala wrote:
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I laughed when you said that he spent a lot of time admiring himself and girls. I thought the same exact thing. I also felt like he was obsessed with Nikes. :D I really liked how your review mentioned that it was a flashback. Very clever to describe it that way. Great review!
I realize this is common in YA literature, but it was still over the top for me. Thanks for the kind comments.

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Post by SABRADLEY » 17 May 2018, 10:12

I always find it interesting when an author creates a protagonist with questionable traits, or is downright unlikeable. I think it could either be a creative victory or fall short. Thanks for the review!

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Post by teacherjh » 17 May 2018, 12:54

SABRADLEY wrote:
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I always find it interesting when an author creates a protagonist with questionable traits or is downright unlikeable. I think it could either be a creative victory or fall short. Thanks for the review!
That's why I did not take a point away. I didn't want to judge it based on personal preference. Thanks for leaving me a comment. :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by teacherjh » 18 May 2018, 11:24

haleygerstenberg wrote:
16 May 2018, 16:46
It's fun to see how we have varying levels of appreciation and patience for different aspects of the book. I hadn't really thought much about the use of figurative language, but you're absolutely right, the author has a knack for it — great review!
I always love when an author uses figurative language. It raises the level of their writing.

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Post by kandscreeley » 18 May 2018, 12:42

This one was just okay for me. I didn't like the main character either, and I just didn't have much of a desire to keep reading. Still, I would love to travel through the internet. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Post by Dolor » 18 May 2018, 15:08

I like the way you started your review.
Superhighway by Alex Fayman is a science fiction novel that explores the excitement, opportunities, and challenges of having an extraordinary ability.
Despite the few errors, you still gave it a perfect rating. This gave me the feeling that you enjoyed reading this book.

The mystery behind the cliffhanger ending might be solved and tied together in the next sequel.

Thanks for the very detailed review.

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Post by Dael Reader » 18 May 2018, 17:03

It is quite compelling that you recommend this book--despite the fact that you don't like the main character. I am intrigued enough to consider it. I generally have misgivings about books that are first in a series, just because I've read so many promising first installments, and so many disappointing second installments. But as you say, maybe a second part will focus on deeper character development. The premise of the book seems an interesting one to me though.

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Post by teacherjh » 18 May 2018, 19:19

Dolor wrote:
18 May 2018, 15:08
I like the way you started your review.
Superhighway by Alex Fayman is a science fiction novel that explores the excitement, opportunities, and challenges of having an extraordinary ability.
Despite the few errors, you still gave it a perfect rating. This gave me the feeling that you enjoyed reading this book.

The mystery behind the cliffhanger ending might be solved and tied together in the next sequel.

Thanks for the very detailed review.

I always wonder how many editing errors there can be before it deserves a point deduction. Thanks for commenting.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 19 May 2018, 01:28

It is quite an interesting book having a protagonist character with some extraordinary skills, which helps him travel in a digital world. I like your well rounded review.
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