A Long, Long Sleep
Author: anna sheehan
pages : [hardcover] 342
favorite characters : otto & xavier
It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone– and her future full of peril.
Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose– hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire– is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes– or be left without any future at all.
I love fairy tale retellings! All kinds. Sleeping Beauty was my favorite princess for a while (because I liked her pink dress . . . It didn’t take much to impress me, apparently) and a chance to read about a futuristic version of this was too good to pass up. A Long, Long Sleep is an intriguing, gripping take on the tale that will leave you wanting more. There are so many twists and turns to the plot that you’ll be gaping at the pages.
Though the plot did seem to lag in parts, I was still interested enough to keep reading. I wanted to know all about Rose and what had happened to her, though she seemed like a weak character. This perception of her didn’t change until her personality flaws were explained later on. Then I liked her so much more! So if you read this book and lose heart, keep on going! The second half will make the first seem much better and make so much more sense. Rose is just not inquisitive at all and besides a few changes in slang and technology we don’t really get to see how the world has changed. So much can happen in sixty years! It’s crazy how she doesn’t really want to know anything about the time she missed. She pushes it all away, despite the fact that she has to live in that time now.
I expected to see much more romance in this book because when I think of Sleeping Beauty I inevitably think of her prince. I don’t think of that ambiguous ending.
Otto was awesome and I wish his storyline had been explored further. Rose kept talking about everything she wanted to do for him and she never really acted on that.
Overall, I think that so much more could have happened with this book! There were the skeletal remains of a world but not the real meat of it. I didn’t feel like this was an actual place and time I could have gotten lost in. There were countless good ideas that weren’t clearly or extensively executed. Which is frustrating! Potential is better than nothing, but knowing the story this could have been . . >.<
I still recommend this book as a worthwhile read. Fairy tale lovers probably won’t be terribly disappointed. I wasn’t entirely satisfied but I still liked it.