Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Girl Needs Her Beauty Rest

Published: 08/09/2011
A Long, Long Sleep
By: Anna Sheehan
Candlewick Press
ISBN-13: 978-0763652609

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 (synopsis courtesy of Goodreads).


       The world has been to Hell and back again.  War, plagues, you name it - all of it destroyed our world.  But we put it back together.  Rosalinda Samantha Fitzroy was asleep, in stasis for over sixty years and missed it all.  She is found by chance in the basement of the complex she lived in before being put into the stasis tube.  Bren kisses her and she wakes up into a stranger world and a life that is no longer really hers.  The company that was previously owned and run by her parents, UniCorp, is now her legal guardian and she is sent to live in her old apartment once she's released from the hospital with employees as stand-in parents.  That is when things really start to get strange.  A Plastine (robot assassin) is trying to kill her, she becomes friends with blue alien Otto who was bred by her company, and tries to figure out who she is and where she belongs without Xavier, the boy she loved who is now beyond her reach.  All of this while grappling with her budding feelings for Bren and dealing with the emotional abuse her parents inflicted on her by using stasis as a punishment, and trying to regain her artistic balance.  I have to say that I LOVED this book!  Rose was an extremely interesting character who always had something going on inside of her head and her heart.  Also, the descriptive language was wonderful.  This book truly has some surprising twists and turns, with a truly shocking ending that leaves you wanting more.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys light science-fiction, mixed with romance and a hint of dystopia.  I did not want to put this book down and neither will you!

VERDICT: 5/5  Stars

*No money was exchanged for this review.  This book is now available in stores and online.*

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