A Long, Long Sleep
By Anna Sheehan
Aug. 9, 2011
Candlewick Press, 352 pages
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 existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes — or be left without any future at all.
— Amazon.com description
I’ll never get sick of Sleeping Beauty spin-offs. Never. The story is classic for a reason, people!
Was this one my favorite? Not really. I enjoyed the futuristic, slightly dystopian setting. The technology was cool, and sci-fi fans will really dig that. But I felt a little disconnected with the characters.
Rosalinda, in particular, drove me nuts. Granted, everyone deals with trauma differently, but I just wanted her to either buck up and deal with her cruddy situation or just freak out and lose it entirely. Instead, she just sort of floated along, allowing herself to be manipulated by everyone around her.
Her weakness was a big theme of the story, and while I can appreciate that and see the author’s point, I guess I just prefer kick-ass leads.
But, please know this: Every time Otto was on the page, I was glued to the book. I couldn’t put it down and wanted more, more, more! This guy didn’t speak a single word yet is by far one of the most intriguing, likable, brilliant characters I have read in ages. The biggest complaint of all? Not enough Otto!
After finishing the book, I immediately started to google around to see if ther was going to be an Otto-centric sequel, but nothing is confirmed. Sigh! A girl can dream…