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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...
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 is a fun, fast read...It is a fairy tale without a classic happy ending. The book addresses serious issues including what makes a "person," in addition to classic YA subjects such as first love, making it a wonderful title for a book talk, a reading list, or a class discussion.
Posted May 13, 2012
This book had a very clever, unique, interesting, and compelling concept. The main chacter Rose is from the past 62 years past, when she wakes up from her long long sleep shes confronted by the future! Doesnt sound like a hard enemie to defeat. But with everything she does the future is there to add another barrier in front of her.
The only part of this book that i didnt like was it seemed in parts for younger kids!
But overall pick this book up for a rainy day i dont think youll be disapointed, and it will keep you thinking!
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Posted September 20, 2011
Prepare to have your heart broken. It's very hard to review (and rate) this book. The first third is what I'd call 'fillers.' After the beginning, when Rosalinda "Rose" is woken from stasis, it seems forced. As if the flow of the story was not meshing together and a bunch of unneeded sequences were thrown in to fill the gaps. That doesn't mean the story started off boring. It was far from boring but far from being engaging...until you get to the next third. Everything from 2/3s to the end was fabulous. I loved (almost) everything about it. There are so many twists and turns, things that will having you gasping and crying, things you never saw coming and some that will shock the living daylights out of you. Rose has had a hard life and some of her actions are hard to understand, until you find out why she's such a shy and quiet girl. She's a likable character with a tendency to be unlikable, but she's written in such a way that you still like her. I do think more explaining could have been done about the 'colonies' and other things about the world, because it was just a big mess. I didn't understand it half the time and when names of places? popped up I felt frustrated because no real explanation (that I remember) had been given. The ending is sudden, though we're provided an epilogue, and it seems be set up for sequel- hopefully. There are a whole lot of great thing about A Long Long Sleep, and a handful of not so great things. I do think, in this case, that the good over-weighs the bad. It's a great read and with a sequel possibly on the horizon, it's a pretty good choice to kick back and relax and bawl your eyes out.
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Posted June 29, 2013
After turning the last page of this book I ended up being very satisfied with it!! But let me say that the first third of the book is filled with stuff that will confuse you and not make sense! The first third was very slow for me and I almost put the book down but I talked myself into finishing it and I'm SOO glad I did. Everything that doesn't make sense is explained in the last 2/3s of this book and it just clicks. It is a clever, and out of the box concept of sleeping beauty with some sci-fi elements thrown in. A few things that annoyed me was the simple names given to the school and certain locations like ComUnity..to stand for well...the community? This irked me to the point I wish the author could've been more creative..but hey in the end her story was creative as a whole. The last third of the book is filled with action and answers! The ending comes sudden and some truths that are revealed I both expected, relieved that Rose had closure yet...disturbed! You would just have to read it to find out for yourself. All in all this will be added to my bookshelf! If there is a sequel, I will be reading!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2013
This is a really crazy book. Totally awesome and taking me for a different kind of read, I really enjoyed it.
1. Dystopian. I really enjoyed the dystopian future of this world. The way they talk, the future of families and education, diseases that ran rampant all played nicely in this story.
2. Love. I have to admit that love interest in quite interesting and very dramatic. I didn’t realize it at first, but when a certain piece of information is dropped it was,”OMG!” I think the author did a great job in creating such great dimensions and depth to the story with the love both on the past and future.
3. Realization. There is certain moments in the book that really brought clarity to my eyes. After learning what her parents were really doing, I knew without a doubt that I wanted more. No, correction. Needed more.
I would say more, but I’m afraid I spoil it all for you. Take it from me and know that this book is awesome. A bit slow in the beginning, but other than that, awesome. A Long Long Sleep is a dark truly original dystopian that will blow you away.
Posted June 1, 2013
Posted May 12, 2013
Do you know when you tried to love a book, watering it the way you might a tomato plant along fruit row, but for whatever reason it continues to disappoint you time and time again? Not taking the water and the sunlight and shrinking from your every touch, confined to shrivel up and die, and give you the finger as it leaves the universe. That’s what I thought of A LONG, LONG SLEEP. I wanted to like this book and going into it, like that pesky tomato plant, I had every intention of liking it, but something went horribly, horribly wrong.
This really felt like science fiction’s bastard cousin, you know the unmentionable one named Barry, that no one likes to bring up at cocktail parties or family reunions or Sunday get-togethers or other familial social events. He’s invaded your life, and every time he pops around your office cubicle, you want to shoot him in the face with a BB gun. This was my Barry, and he played out like some never-ending highlight reel.
The dialogue felt stilted and disjointed; exclamation points were passed out like jelly doughnuts at a sugar convention; I didn’t give a flying crap about any of the characters; I wanted to stass myself until I ended up comatose; the plot moved along, but I was trying really hard not to pay attention; the similes and metaphors felt trite and overused; the killer robot felt like some secondhand, one-dimensional hack; Sleeping Beauty had the longest nightmare of her life, as did I; and I wanted to race to the end, just so I could remove this book from my Kindle and pretend it never existed. But I felt like I was slogging through quicksand. Oh, and if we ever get to the point that we’re tossing around the word cell as a verb (a bastard stand-in for the word call), I may be forced to shoot myself with a BB gun.
On some level, I kept hoping it would get better, that somehow bastard Barry would redeem himself, and that I wouldn’t have to kick his ass. But it never did. And for that, I admit, I really am sorry. Because I absolutely love books and discovering new authors and being so caught up in a story that you end up reading past your curfew and flipping pages faster than an Olympic sprinter. But I didn’t love this one, not even a little bit, not even at all.
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Posted April 15, 2013
You feel for all the characters in this book and as wierd as the main characters situation is it opens your eyes to some harsh but much needed truth. Loved it and i hope you read it too!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2013
I was very surprised when I read A Long Long Sleep. I actually read a review on this book while blog hopping (I forgot which blog it was) and I thought the blurb sounded very interesting. When the ebook was available at the library, I immediately checked it out and promptly forgot about it.
Fast forward to three days before the book was due and I received an email from the library that the book was due. I started reading it that same day and I enjoyed it.
The story is that Rosalinda, daughter of one of the most powerful families/rich corporate CEO's of the day, is woken up from a 62 year sleep by Brendan, a grandson of the current CEO of Rose's company. She wakes up to a world after the Dark Times, which I compare to the Dark Ages. In fact, it is like the Dark Ages, where the Beubonic Plague and Tuberculosis outbreak resurface. Naturally, everyone Rose loves, even her boyfriend Xavier, are long gone. Add in a Plastine (a robot with a human corpse for a body that is programmed to be an assasin) who tries to track and kill Rose, and a dark secret that ultimately transforms Rose into a stong young woman, and you have a recipe for a really awsome book.
As much as I liked this book, I had a few problems with it. One was the non sci-fi element of the book. Sure, it was set in the future and there were future tech stuff that were mentioned (e.g. hover cars that travel over water, a techie notepad/tablet) and future slang like "this is so sky", "coit", "noid", and "I comm", it didn't feel like a true sci-fi novel. The book also lacked description. I wanted to see what the world looked like post Dark Times. For a sci-fi novel, this lacked a lot of description.
Another thing that I did not like about it was that this book was basically about Rose moping about, trying to navigate the futuristic high school, developing her art, and falling for Brendan. I expected to read about how Rose would investigate the dilemma that is the reason why she had a long stasis sleep. I expected to read about her taking over her parent's company that was under the influence of a slimy CEO. If Rose did not redeem herself by the end of the book and stood up against her attacker and destroyed her stasis tube, I would have given this a 2! Oh, and Rose's voice sounded like a little girl. I really had problems with that. For a 16 year old, she seemed pretty immature to me. A
What was iffy about this was when it was revealed in the end that Ron, Brendan's grandfather and CEO of the corporation is in fact Xavier, Rose's boyfriend! Ick! Although I was expecting this to be the case, I still thought it was very, very, very weird. Plus, Rose demands that he becomes her guardian!
What I did like about this, however was how the author showed us the emotional abuse that Rose went through - the detachment of how her parents treated her. I actually liked that the author hinted at the abuse and how we were gradually introduced as to Rose's actual age. Apparently, Rose has been in and out of stass all through childhood. In fact, Rose practically raised Xavier since she was about 7 when he was a toddler.
Another surprising character that I liked was Otto, the blue alien/human that has powers but is unable to speak. Rose and Otto have a very interesting relationship via the web where they have long conversations between each other. The only thing I had problems with was that Otto had a girlfriend that he broke up with probably because he was falling for Rose.
All in all, this was a quick read for me that I recommend to those who love non sci-fi YA sort of romance.
Originally posted on my blog I Heart Romance
Posted January 2, 2013
Posted October 20, 2012
The wole time i was reading i was praying that some how xaviar was somehow asleep to and that they still had a chance to spend their lives togeather. When we find out that he is not asleep and has a family of his own i felt so helpless. This was a good book but in the end you wish for more joy and happiniss thn what is given.
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I liked the premise of this book as it was different with some twists that were interesting. Could the United States really end up with this kind of technology that would allow people to sleep for years? Maybe, and I can see it being abused as it was in this book by selfish people. The end does leave it open for a sequel, which I'd love to read. If you like young adult futuristic books with a bit of sci-fi twist, I think you'll enjoy this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2011
I really enjoyed this book, it has an original premise, compelling characters, and it made me cry, want to scream, and feel right along with the main character.
I was frustrated with Rose as much as I loved her. I can see a lot of myself in her and I totally understand how she could come into the personality that she has, I identify with the self-hate and passivity, because I've been there all too often. There is a turning point, at one of my favorite scenes though, and I feel like it's an independence and victory point for us all who've felt like that.
Bren was an interesting character and I love the ones who step into that role of protector. His honesty is also really refreshing for me. There really is some depth behind the sexy, and that's a big plus for me. In some of his scenes, I got really emotional right along with Rose!
Otto is an amazing character, so well written and I wish there could've been a solid resolution with his story lines. He is so different, caring and deep that I couldn't help falling in love with him and wanting the best for him.
The sci-fi in this is really neat, and I like what Ms. Sheehan did with the plastines, how she incorporated the history, the mystery and intrigue that kept me flying through the pages. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and all the emotions it brought out in me.
Posted August 12, 2011
This book was as lyrically beautiful as my other favorite fairytale retelling...Beauty by Robin Mckinley. The writing was outstanding and brought tears to my eyes several times. I loved how her past life was incorporated seamlessly into her present life. I usually hate flashbacks but the way the memories were incorporated into the narrative avoided the awkward italicized mess that most authors employ. For those looking for the typical teen romance...don't come here. This book is about love of all sorts-friendship that becomes love, love that becomes friendship, the love between friends, and the utterly destructive power of love when it is abused. Such an amazing read, I can't recommend it enoughWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 11, 2011
Rosalinda Samantha Fitzroy has been in stasis for over 60 years. After being discovered by Brendan Sabah in the basement of her old apartment she is immediately swept into a media frenzy. She learns that her parents are dead and so is her boyfriend Xavier. She also has skipped out of the worst times that have every been lived thru called Dark Times and now she is the sole surviving heiress to an interplanetary empire, UniCorp. UniCorp sets her up with guardians until she is of age, because even though she is well over 100, she has been frozen in time as 16. Rose attends UniPrep and meets Otto Sextus who was engineered by UniCorp by using human embryos implanted with Europa microbe DNA. In a way, they are similar. They both are looked upon as outsiders. Rose is also attracted to Brendan and wonders why she has such strong attraction to him. She has only known that kind of love with her boyfriend Xaviar and she knew him his entire life.
Throughout A Long, Long Sleep we learn of all the tragic events that lead to the Dark Times along with Rose in her history class and thru Brendan. We learn that the first factor was the steady population increase and then the economic boom leading to widening gaps between the rich and the poor. Then the resurgence of tuberculosis and the bubonic plague. The final nail in the coffin was infertility. Rose is just devastated after learning all this and she pictures her parents and all the people she loved dying these horrible deaths.
Having to deal with catching up on over 60 years of lost time is tough enough but now Rose has a Plastine, a human corpse that has been plasticized, sent after her and will not stop until she is either returned to the person who programmed it or terminated. Who wants her dead and why?
The revelations unfold throughout A Long, Long Sleep. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, Sheehan slams you with a twist! I'm not big on futuristic or dystopian novels but I found myself reading late into the night wanting to know what was going to happen to Rose. When you find out how long Rose's parents stassed her just so they could go on vacation, your heart breaks. They never let her grow up. This book is very age appropriate and if you like light sci-fi aspects then this book is for you!
Posted August 9, 2011
When I started this book I immediately thought of Across the Universe by Beth Revis. In that story a girl is frozen, along with her family, but she is woken up too early, instead of too late as in this story. While I wasn't a fan of Across the Universe, this story has everything that one was lacking and more. The characters and the situation were so realistic, it was at times hard to remember that this was supposed to take place in the future. Then comes the killer robot and that tends to remind you where you are.
The relationships in this story were heartbreaking. The parent's relationship with Rose was horrifying and it made it so easy to see why so many people in abusive relationships don't realize they are in a bad place. While there is no violent abuse, the way the family treats their child is unnerving. Rose is written in such a delicate way that she often teeters on the line between a helpless child and a strong woman. I can't wait to read more by Sheehan as she certainly has a way with words and emotions.
Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Posted August 9, 2011
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What genre does a book like A LONG, LONG SLEEP by Anna Sheehan fall into? Is it a fairy tale? Is it sci-fi/futuristic? Is it post-dystopian? Is it medical? Is it something else all together? A LONG, LONG SLEEP is all of this and more. First and foremost, it is a book about a teenager named Rose-and teenager is used in the loosest of terms due to the fact that her parents put her in stasis for over sixty years (and several other times before she hit the age of sixteen, no less). The novel starts off with a SLEEPING BEAUTY spin, with Rose being pulled out of stasis and faced with the dashing teen who awakened her. The way Sheehan describes stasis reminds me of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, only the ramifications for being put under for so long are much more severe in Rose's world.
Rose emerges into a world that has recovered from "the dark times," a dystopic-sounding era brought about by illness. Everyone she knew and loved is dead. She herself very well might have been as well, if her parents hadn't left her in stasis for so long. At first, it's hard to connect with Rose as a character because she doesn't have depth and can be annoying, but as A LONG, LONG SLEEP delves deeper into her psyche, horrible truths come out that make readers realize why she's such a damaged character. She's been through so much more than most literary characters in YA. For one thing (and this is no secret, so it's not a spoiler), Rose's parents often stuck her in stasis growing up. She never questioned it before, but is only now beginning to realize the neglect she went to and the way her parents abused her throughout her life. She is emotionally and physically scarred, and has a lot of trouble adjusting to life, especially since she was cloistered as a child and must now navigate the world on her own.
Rose is constantly haunted by all that she has lost, including that of her true love Xavier, who grew up without her. At one point in her life, she was older than him and watched him grow. She was put under stasis so often, that eventually, they were the same age, and then he was older. And then he grew up and suffered through the dark times alongside her parents while she remained in stasis, alone and forever youthful. She has trouble forging new relationships now despite the way Bren, the teenager who discovered and awakened her, takes her under his wing. She goes to school for the first time and in introduced to crazy slang and new technology that's foreign to her. One of her classmates, Otto, is a well-written secondary character that readers will be clamoring to learn more about. He's truly amazing, and it's easy to embrace him as we delve more into what makes him tick. He adds another sci-fi touch to the novel with his back story (which IS spoilery, so I won't describe it here) and his unique way of communicating with other characters.
Posted August 7, 2011
Rose is only sixteen when she is awakened from stasis, but it is over sixty years after she was first put to sleep in the tube. Adjusting to life in the future would be a lot harder, but luckily Rose is heir to a huge corporation, which has taken care of all her needs upon waking up. She quickly starts back at High School and joins an eclectic group of friends. Among them is Bren, a handsome boy whose friendship makes Rose pine for her old (and long dead) boyfriend Xavier. But there is something else from Rose's past that has been awakened, and it is not entirely friendly.
Sleeping Beauty with robots. I totally did not expect the completely futuristic sci-fi side to this story, but it was worked pretty well. Anna Sheehan really thought through how she wanted to re-tell her fairy tale and her execution was thorough. But where I thought the dystopian future was pretty neat in the beginning, the language and world quickly became tedious to follow. Maybe it was because Rose is a fairly shallow character, thinking only of herself and whining when little annoyances happen to her. She just doesn't seem like a strong or brave character. Otto the alien was a little weird to get used to. If he can communicate with people's minds, why spend most of the book instant messaging? The further I got into this story, the more I wanted clarification on certain elements of the lifestyle and story, and my questions were never answered. Even the flashbacks to Rose and Xavier felt rather dull and insignificant. A great premise and neat idea for the future, but this book could have used a little more time in stasis.