Book Review: A Long Long Sleep

Title/Author:  A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Published:  August 9th, 2011 by Candlewick Press

Hardcover, 342 pages

How I Got This Book:  Checked it out from my library

Why I Picked It Up?:  Honestly, because it came highly recommended by The Book Smugglers.  And it sounded really interesting.  So when I had the opportunity to grab it off the shelf, I did.

Book Jacket Blurb:  “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.”

My Review of the Work:

What an intriguing and fairytale-like dystopia story.  Rose is awakend by a kiss–or mouth to mouth recessitation, rather–and is confused as to why this strange boy is in her house.  What Rose does not realize is that she is waking up 62 years after she “went to sleep” in the stass tube.  Everyone she knew is long gone–she is alone is this much different world.

There is a big mystery behind Rose’s past, which entices readers to keep reading her story as she struggles to adjust to this new world, after The Dark Ages wiped out over half of the world’s population and the universal community had to build up from practically nothing. Through counseling, therapy, and the help of her new friends, Bren (the boy who kissed her), and Otto (the genetically-modified, man-made human who cannot speak but has a unique gift of thought implantation), Rose is trying to understand herself through all of her loss and pain.

But then you have to through in the psychotic and unstoppable Plastine robot who is trying to “eliminate the target” of Rose.  No one knows who set this illegal machine on her, but it is a creepy presence that is out to get her.  So on top of having to adjust to being a one-hundred year old teenager, she has to keep a killer robot at bay, too.

What I absolutely loved/hated about this novel is the dynamics of relationships.  I say loved because you have people like Otto, who complete understands her and helps her understand herself, and people like Bren, who is loyal to her and willing to do anything to keep her safe (and there is the tension between him and Rose that keeps the story interesting).  But then you have the backstory of her parents, and how they absolutely abused their child, and it just makes you want to SCREAM!!!  But the depth of each and every relationship in this novel is so intricate and so developed that you really understand each and every character in this book.

For some reason, I just cannot form sentences to write this review, and I am sitting here and wondering why.  But I think it is because this is just one of those books that you really can’t say much about to other people.  You just have to experience its goodness for yourself.

So I encourage you to read this novel, especially if you like fairy-tale retellings with dystopia and a little bit of sci-fi (though not that much, really–mostly its sci-fi because the world ahs expanded to other orbs in the solar system, but you don’t travel there or anything).  It really is a fabulous read, one filled with intrigue and suspense and a love for the characters and the story.

My Bookshelf Rating:

A Fourth Shelf Book!

Another solid read!  I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship dynamics in this book, and really loved the character development with Rose.  A very different take on dystopia, but I really liked it.  Full of surprises to keep you on your toes.  I definitely recommend it!

Love and sleep,
Jennifer

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