Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Futuristic Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication Date: 08.09.2011
Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss.This book made me cry. Do you know how long it has been since that has happened? I can't even remember the last book I cried over. Oh wait, I do....
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 existance, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes -- or be left without any future at all.
It's been seven months and exactly 60 books since my last good book-ish cry. I love it when a book makes me cry! It's my favorite fever symptom.
But A Long, Long Sleep did so much more than that. Sheehan took the classic story of Briar Rose, and turned it into a perfectly plausible futuristic retelling. She created a strong story using a few extreme personalities, and the dark side of human nature, and pulled it off well.
In the beginning I was worried that I was reading yet another story that I would be disappointed in. I didn't connect with the main character, and things seemed a bit too contrived. That quickly changed though, as more information about the main character's life was revealed, and things that I didn't anticipate began happening. The main character begins the story in a detached state, which didn't help with me being able to connect with her, but was essential to the plot. Things pick up pretty quickly though, and soon I was glued to the book. There are some very cliche moments in the story but they are few, and usually end differently than expected. In short: this book was completely unpredictable.
...and that includes the romance. There is a love story, but it does not go as planned (or as I planned, anyway). And while the story is about more than Rose's relationships, that is where it truly shines. I experienced such depth of emotion while reading, and it's because I was exposed to so many different types and layers of love; love for a parent, for a child, for a friend, the fire of first love, the fleeting feeling of a new crush, and the love between two people who really understand each other. The stories of these relationships are expertly told through flashbacks--which were my favorite parts of the book--through conversations, and even through touch. This is what made me cry. This is what made me sigh contentedly (and a little sadly) when I closed the book for the last time.
And I really wish I could go on and on, because this was honestly a fantastic book. There are some horrible tastes of wicked people, shocking revelations (especially the end!!), and a full cast of interesting and unpredictable characters (Otto!!). I know it won't appeal to everyone out there, but it is definitely worth giving it a chance.
Not convinced? Read this review of A Long, Long, Sleep, which manages to say everything I couldn't, and more. :)
...you like science fiction that's easy to digest, you like deep emotions that are felt, and you don't mind finding out that a character is lying to you.
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
I think this cover is beautiful, and it's not just because I loved the book. It's clean with the white background, has nice colors, I like the typography, and overall, it is reminiscent of a fairy tale cover. It is also unique from the sea of other YA covers right now. There is isn't a dress, face, or a strand of hair in sight! ;)