7.21.2011

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Publisher: Candlewick
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.

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.
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....

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. :)


Read this if:
...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.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Clean Read!



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Cover love: 
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! ;)

13 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this too! I thought that Otto was one of the best characters that I had read about in a while

    I love your review.

    I'm definitely going to be eager to see what this author produces next.

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  2. Oh this, sounds like the perfect book to me. I don't even mind that it's a non-original work (based on something else, I mean). I look forward to reading this.

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  3. I had not heard about this before, but it sounds interesting. Love your review. Thanks!

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  4. Jules: I loved Otto, too. He was such a great character! His conversations with Rose were awesome.

    Lisa: I really hope you read it!

    Selina: Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Great review! This one sounds very interesting. I'll have to pick up a copy when it comes out :)

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  6. Great reivew, I've seen mostly negative reviews of this so it's nice to see a positive one!

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  7. Love this review! I really like the sound of how the author explores different kinds of love and relationships. Sounds like even though it's kind of sci-fi there's a lot of interpersonal, psychological stuff going on. (And bonus that it made you cry!)

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  8. So I'm stuck on the crying thing. I hate when a book makes me cry. I'm not sure if I can do it even if it sounds as amazing as this one.

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  9. I loved the story of Sleeping Beauty as a kid. I am curious to see Sheehan's take on the story. Great review!

    -jehara

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  10. Wow, I may just have to give this one a shot. Thanks for the review!

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  11. Ooh, thanks for the rec! I love retold fairytales, and haven't come across a good scifi one yet. Definitely adding this one to my TBR pile!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  12. Thank you for sharing such relevant topic with us. I really love all the great stuff you provide. Thanks again and keep it coming.
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  13. Tiffany: Thank you! I hope you do.

    Cait: Glad I could show you another view. :)

    Danya: Perfectly put! There is a lot of interpersonal/psychological stuff going on, and I think it added a lot to the story.

    Alexis: Aw! I love it when a book makes me cry. It could just be that I read this way into the night, and when I stay up late, weird things happen with my emotions. Maybe give it a try?

    Jehara: I hope you read this! :)

    Cialina: I hope you do!

    Lori: Great! I hope you love it.

    Essay: Thank you!

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