Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Book Review: A Long, Long Sleep

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.

Goodreads: 4/5 stars

**ARC Courtesy of NetGalley

First, let me say that I’ve NEVER cried over a single book as much as I did this one. Which sucked because I read this during downtime at work and I’m sure my boss and/or co-workers thought I’d lost it, yet they never really asked. (Probably too afraid.)

The plot is simple—girl has been asleep for sixty-two years, only to be awoken by a “kiss.” Rosalinda was placed in a stasis tube and left for over six decades. When she’s “kissed” awake by a mysterious boy, she learns of the horrors she’s slept through—including the Dark Times, which killed off most of the human race.

The actual story is completely different, however. While the comparisons between Sleeping Beauty and A Long, Long Sleep are definitely there, this story is anything but your average fairytale. For starters, it takes place in the future—a dystopian/sci-fi setting where technology is the foundation for everything and one company rules all. Secondly, there is a heavy abuse theme that the reader learns more about through progressive flashbacks, which attributed to all the crying I did during the book. This coupled with Rose’s realization that everyone she ever loved is long gone, and that she’s completely alone in this new world, was enough to set my emotional meter through the roof.

The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars was for the simple fact that there wasn’t much world building. I would’ve liked to have seen this expanded, especially since it’s a dystopian/sci-fi. Other than that, I’d definitely recommend this book, as it’s different from anything I’ve read in quite a while.

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