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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Review: A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

by Anna Sheehan
Available Now
Published: Candlewick Press
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

BLURB (courtesy of Netgalley)
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 sub-basement, 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 dead, 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.

Rosalinda Samantha Fitzroy has been in stasis for over 60 years. After being discovered by Brendan Sabah in the basement of her old apartment she is immediately swept into a media frenzy. She learns that her parents are dead and so is her boyfriend Xavier. She also has skipped out of the worst times that have every been lived thru called Dark Times and now she is the sole surviving heiress to an interplanetary empire, UniCorp. UniCorp sets her up with guardians until she is of age, because even though she is well over 100, she has been frozen in time as 16. Rose attends UniPrep and meets Otto Sextus who was engineered by UniCorp by using human embryos implanted with Europa microbe DNA. In a way, they are similar. They both are looked upon as outsiders. Rose is also attracted to Brendan and wonders why she has such strong attraction to him. She has only known that kind of love with her boyfriend Xaviar and she knew him his entire life.

Throughout A Long, Long Sleep we learn of all the tragic events that lead to the Dark Times along with Rose in her history class and thru Brendan. We learn that the first factor was the steady population increase and then the economic boom leading to widening gaps between the rich and the poor. Then the resurgence of tuberculosis and the bubonic plague. The final nail in the coffin was infertility. Rose is just devastated after learning all this and she pictures her parents and all the people she loved dying these horrible deaths. 

Having to deal with catching up on over 60 years of lost time is tough enough but now Rose has a Plastine, a human corpse that has been plasticized, sent after her and will not stop until she is either returned to the person who programmed it or terminated. Who wants her dead and why?

The revelations unfold throughout A Long, Long Sleep. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, Sheehan slams you with a twist! I’m not big on futuristic or dystopian novels but I found myself reading late into the night wanting to know what was going to happen to Rose. When you find out how long Rose’s parents stassed her just so they could go on vacation, your heart breaks. They never let her grow up. This book is very age appropriate and if you like light sci-fi aspects then this book is for you!




Cassandra said...

A Long, long sleep I want to read. I do love Science fiction aspects.