A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan [Book Review]

A Near Future Sleeping Beauty

Imagine waking up after 62 years in a stasis tube by a kiss. That’s what the protagonist in this story, does. But what starts like an ordinary romance-on-rails story takes some surprising twists and turns and uncovers dark secrets.

This is part Citizen of the Galaxy since Rosalinda Fitzroy is the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire and not everyone is happy to step down from their position of power in the company. It is also part Sleeping Beauty the sequel since she is drawn to the boy that woke her. But it also has a splash of Terminator.

Anna Sheehan weaves a thrilling and fascinating story about a vulnerable young girl in a new world. Rose slept through the Dark Times that killed millions and has to learn the world anew as she struggles with the situation. She has a unique coping mechanism that is central to the story but it is also quite dark. There is some action but also a lot of everyday events that lets the reader get to know the people and their world

A Long, Long Sleep was a happy read, I liked it quite much. Both young and old should get enjoyment and entertainment out of this one. It is very standalone though I wouldn’t mind revisiting the world and these characters again in another story.

I have been blessed with good reads lately and now I am even happier since I discovered a new-to-me writer. Anna Sheehan feels like a new favorite I have to read more by.

Bottom line is read A Long, Long Sleep, you won’t be sorry.

Book Information

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (Chandlewick Press) – Amazon US | UK

Rosalinda Fitzroy had been asleep for 62 years when she was 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.