Superhighway by Alex Fayman
We all like to think that if we had the ability to make everything right and fair in the world, the world itself would be a better place. But could our good intentions actually do more harm than good?
Alex Fine is a gifted eighteen-year-old with an extraordinary ability to transport himself through the optical passageways of the Internet.
While inside the digital web, Alex is capable of downloading databases, manipulating archived data, and traveling to any destination in the world. Alex discovers his powers just as he is ready to enroll in his freshman year at a prestigious West Coast university, causing an unexpected detour in his plans. In a short period of time, Alex Fine becomes one of the richest people in the world, with virtually limitless power.
In a hastily arranged scheme, Alex transforms into a digital Robin Hood, as he steals money from a criminal oligarch to fulfill his philanthropic goals. It is the story of a young man who wants to use his powers for good, but makes mistakes en route to discovering the truth behind his supernatural abilities.
Review by Izabsela:
Alex Fine, a very bright eighteen-year-old man lived in an orphanage, and was only a couple of months away from moving into his college dormitory when life gave him a chance he could not resist.
Within seconds, he turned from a powerless young man into a cyber human, able to travel through the internet and alter data. While Alex used his superpowers to get what he’d never dreamed of before and to help others in need, he also made some bad choices, landing himself on the Russian Mafia’s most-wanted list.
This is the best book I’ve read in a long time. The story is well-written, very interesting, and believable. It kept my attention all the way through the end, shocking me quite a few times.
Alex gripped my heart right at the beginning, and I sympathized with him no matter what he did; even though he didn’t always do the right thing, I could never hold it against him.
When I bought the novel, I thought “travel through the internet” was pure fantasy, but the author explained it well, bringing it close to reality.
Alex Fayman is a very promising author, and I can’t wait to read more of his work.
Review by Erik Nelson:
We all like to think that if we had the ability to make everything right and fair in the world, the world itself would be a better place. But could our good intentions actually do more harm than good? You may ask; how can that be when the intentions are good and the idea of our intentions are backed up by common sense? How could the results be bad?
College freshman Alex Fine discovers that he has the ability to travel through any area of the Internet. Alex uses his ability to better himself first by getting information for his professional and personal needs as well as traveling through the world virtually. After some time, he becomes one of the wealthiest men in the world and takes full advantage of his new fortune. With his wealth and power, he decides to help others. But he donates money he took that actually causes other well intended people to suffer financially.
As more terrible events happen, Alex becomes severely depressed because he believes that his use of his powers caused all of the recent tragic events. As he tries to fix what he did, he also battles suicidal thoughts.
Whenever a financial crisis occurs like the one in 1929 or in 2008, we all probably thought; what could have been done to prevent such a catastrophe? Well, how do we know that all of the alternatives would have been better? I’m not saying that what happened in ’29 and ’08 were good things but after reading this book, I found myself thinking; it could have been worse.
What Alex Fayman did with Superhighway was remarkable. He took a very likeable character, gave him powers that I’m sure all of us would be excited to have and after he had fun with it, he tried to help others. Unfortunately, not all of the results of his seemingly good deeds were good. But hopefully, the sales of his book will be better than good because it deserves more sales.