4 out of 4 stars
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Superhighway by Alex Fayman is book one of the Superhighway trilogy. A page-turning science fiction set in the speeding corridors of the internet with enough twists and turns to captivate your attention. As interconnected as we are these days, some of the scenes will leave you wondering how truly vulnerable we are.
The main character is Alex Fine. Named by the woman in charge of the foster care center. Living his whole life invisible and never belonging somewhere permanent, Alex discovers one day on accident just how different he truly is. He can enter the internet. He has access to all the accounts, money, and knowledge available online. Using this power Alex foolishly makes immature decisions which come to cost him dearly. No longer invisible Alex is now being hunted.
The author leaves much to the imagination in the best possible way. I found myself glued to the pages until the end. The ability to enter the internet left me thinking about the implications of such power. The story is engaging and provoking just as most fantasies are. Leaving me wondering about the global world around us. The author also did an excellent job with the main character. Alex Fine is written thoughtfully in regards to foster children. How invisible they can be to us and the disappointments they endure upon being rejected by an adopting family. The author keeps Alex as real to an eighteen-year-old as possible by showing us how youthful he is through the disastrous outcomes of his decisions.
The book had a few editorial mistakes and an insufficient development of the female characters. The women appear briefly throughout the story but not enough to form an attachment to them. Granted reading about them from Alex's point of view it is no wonder they appear shallow. The editorial mistakes, however, don't take anything away from the enjoyment of the book.
I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. I found the story to be both original and gripping. Many adults and young adults who are interested in the science fiction or fantasy genre will enjoy it. The overall theme of the book, the ability to step into the internet, gives one pause to ponder the immense ethical questions of having such capabilities. It will leave you discussing these questions long after you have finished. I look forward to getting my hands on the next book in the series.
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