Rayya Deeb’s debut novel stands proudly in the Young Adult catalog, a long overdue adventure story that will reinvigorate the genre.
The novel’s heroine, Doro Campbell, is a complex protagonist whom readers will identify with as she traverses a strange futuristic landscape in which an elite society attempts to set up a Utopian Noah’s Ark. Character introduction and development take up the first act of the story, as readers—through Doro—discover the nature of the Seneca Society. As is usually the case when something seems too good to be true, Doro soon discovers to her dismay that not everything is as it seems. The narrative becomes more complex as she continues to peel back the layers that the true architects of Seneca are hiding behind. Doro must use her inherent math genius and computer hacker talents to discover the truth behind the machinations.
Seneca Rebel explores universal themes such as first love or innocence lost, but what I found most intriguing was Deeb’s ability to write science fiction that speaks directly to our current troubled times and the dire environmental situation this planet faces, more so than many of the authors who’ve written in this sub-genre in the last ten years. This includes how the few who hold the power under the guise of an elected government attempt to take on the challenge, and how this elitist form of thinking ultimately finds itself at odds with the very people it’s purported to be helping.
The author is to be commended for her insight in producing a story with such depth and thematic relevance to the real life society it’s intended to mirror and socially comment on. Deeb has successfully launched an exciting new series that over time will prove to be a game-changer in young adult science fiction.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2116 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: ATM Publishing; 1 edition (1 June 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E0LZLLC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 28 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,374,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)