3 out of 4 stars
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Superhighway by Alex Fayman is a fast-paced book that keeps your curiosity peeked from start to finish. It can easily turn into a single night read. The author starts you off near the end of the tale, and immediately makes you want to know the rest of the story of Alex Fine.
Alex Fine grew up an orphan, first by circumstance, and later by choice. At 18, on the verge of adulthood, he makes a discovery about himself that changes everything. An extraordinary new power gives Alex the ability to reshape his life in almost any way he desires. All he needs is a computer and an internet connection to transport himself anywhere in the world, and possibly do a whole lot more. The question is, what will he do with these newfound gifts?
At times, Superhighway seems like it wants to be a superhero story, but it never quite gets there. The protagonist has a very conflicting nature, making the reader switch back and forth between loving and hating his actions. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I feel it forces the reader to examine themselves, and think hard about what they would do if they were placed in the same situation. If the reader could do almost anything, what would they choose to do?
This book is not just about a teenager with abilities, however. It is also the story of a boy’s journey to becoming a man. Alex experiences many ‘firsts’ during his travels. If I had read this book as a teenager, I probably would have applauded most of Alex’s actions, and blamed any negative fallout on bad luck. As an adult though, I wanted nothing more than to reach into the pages stop him from making some terrible choices. That’s one of the great things about this story. We’ve all been there, and we can relate.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The plot was great, and the protagonist was relatable, but I was not a huge fan of most of the supporting characters. Many of them seemed rather one-dimensional, and the dialogue between characters was not very thrilling. I hope to see more character development in the remaining two books of the trilogy. This book would probably not be a good fit for readers who thrive on character interaction. If the most important thing is a unique, thought provoking plot, then it’s the perfect fit.
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