SENECA REBEL by Rayya Deeb is a fast paced futuristic sci-fi read that will have you on the edge of your seats from start to finish. SENECA REBEL starts with a bang and doesn’t let up until the very last page where the cliffhanger will leave you begging for more.
We first meet Dorothy “Doro” Campbell on her way to be introduced to Seneca- an underground society built to house exceptionally gifted individuals in various fields who live and work together to help build a better future. Easily Deeb’s strongest work is in her world building. Every detail of Seneca is written in perfect detail with strong visual descriptors. Seneca feels like it could be a real place.
Doro is a fantastic narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the story unfold through her eyes. She’s strong and vulnerable at the same time. She’s smart but also has a tendency to make decisions without all the information. She’s a kind and loyal friend to the few friends she’s willing to let in.
The action in the novel moves at break-neck speed and there’s very little downtime between major events. This kept me turning pages because I just had to know what happened next.
What Left Me Wanting More:
Doro is immediately smitten with a boy named Dominic “Dom.” Their relationship felt a little one sided to me and I would have appreciated more interaction between Doro and Dom in dialogue. Most of what we learned about Dom comes from Doro’s internal dialogue when she catalogues how great he is but I wanted to hear straight from him more often about what he was thinking and feeling- not just about Doro but also about the events happening to and around him.
Seneca Rebel is a fantastic addition to the science fiction genre with its own unique additions. The plot twists and turns in exciting ways that make it impossible to put down. It’s vivid descriptions of the world of Seneca will pull you deeper into the story and leave you wanting more. Highly recommend for fans of the science fictions genre and a great introductory read for those who are not.