A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep

342 pages
Published August 9th 2011
by Candlewick(first published August 1st 2011)
It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril.

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.


This book contains:  Abuse, Death, Futuristic Retelling with Sci-fi Eliminates  and Violence.


A young girl has been awakened after sixty years in a stasis tube to find her world turned upside down because everyone and everything she knew is gone.  She has to learn to function in a world that is no longer like the one she knew before.  On top of all this she has to defend herself against someone or something that is out to do her harm. 


Rosalinda is a girl who is confused by the damaged done to her from her childhood and situation she now finds herself in.  She seems very weak and scared by the things going on with her. You have Bren who is a young man who removes Rosalinda from the chamber.  He is a kind of prince among his peers.  You have Otto who shares Rosalinda’s pain in away that no one else can.  Then you have Xavier who is Rosalindas boyfriend that is dead and gone but seen through flashbacks.  


I really enjoyed this book !  I loved that it is a futuristic Retelling of Sleeping Beauty.  I love how the story slowly unfolds with all the various flash backs of her life with Xavier and her parents.   Many of the reviews I saw thought that she was a weak character and that she should have stood up for herself more.  I saw her as a survivor that developed coping skills in order to survive the abuse that she was suffering from her own family.  I can’t wait until the next book comes out because the story left off at a point that just leaves you wanting more even without the big cliffhanger.



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