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A Long, Long Sleep

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by Anna Sheehan

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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


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.

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From the Publisher
With well-developed characters, a touch of romance, and a believable future that, for once, is not entirely dystopian, Sheehan's tale should please many readers.
—Publishers Weekly

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.

Publishers Weekly
In this intriguing first novel, Rose Fitzroy, biologically 16 years old, comes out of stasis to discover that her billionaire parents and the world she knew are long dead. Having survived the plague-ridden Dark Times, the Earth is doing quite well, with Rose's father's former company in charge of much of it. This puts Rose—the sickly, shy, and self-hating daughter of overbearing parents—in the unusual position of "waking up to discover she's the sole surviving heiress to an interplanetary empire." Before taking on any responsibilities, Rose simply wants to survive high school, make a few friends, and work on her art. Her plans are swiftly interrupted, though, when a strange, virtually unstoppable creature called a Plastine attempts to assassinate her. Aided by handsome Bren and blue-skinned alien hybrid Otto, schoolmates she develops crushes on, Rose must defeat the assassin, learn to live as an independent adult, and discover why her parents essentially abandoned her in stasis. With well-developed characters, a touch of romance, and a believable future that, for once, is not entirely dystopian, Sheehan's tale should please many readers. Ages 14–up. (Aug.)
VOYA - Beth Karpas
In this futuristic Sleeping Beauty tale, the protagonist is Rose. Physically sixteen, Rose is awakened from a sixty-two year sleep by the kiss of a handsome young man. Rose was a princess of sorts—the protected, isolated daughter of the couple who founded the corporation that led humanity to the stars. Now Rose finds herself on a post-Dark Times Earth, her stasis tube part of a pile of abandoned junk in a subbasement, and herself the unexpected heir and ward of her dead parents' company. This setting is only the start of the complications in Rose's new life where she must adapt to a new school while avoiding an assassin programmed decades before she woke. This is a fun, fast read. Rose is a well drawn innocent whose personality deepens as the tale unwinds. Others are not as fully embellished, but Sheehan avoids stereotypes. It is a fairy tale without a classic happy ending. If anything, there is the promise of future books which, if not written, will provide ample opportunity for readers and teachers to write their own new endings. 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. Reviewer: Beth Karpas
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Kudos to Anna Sheehan. She has come up with a brand new genre: a post-dystopian fairy tale with a plot that tempts the reader through a maze of brambly twists and turns. In a deep basement lies the glass coffin of Rosalinda Alexandra Fitzroy, heir apparent to the Unicorp Empire led by her father, Mark. The coffin is, in reality, a stasis tube that Rose's parents use as a babysitter-cum-control mechanism for their perfectly compliant daughter. Rose is put into stasis so often that the boy next door, Zavier, passes her in age and becomes her first love. A boyfriend is not part of the Fitzroy's plan for Rose, nor is a scholarship to a prestigious art school and, as the ultimate control, Rose is put into stasis for sixty years until she is found by Bren, handsome, athletic, and charged with making the sleeping Beauty welcome in a new world. The story doesn't end there. The world has passed through Dark times. Rose must relearn basic social skills and, having been undermined by her parents' control, she is a mass of conflicts, low self-esteem, and self-reproach. A friendship with a genetically altered boy, Otto, gives her a sounding board for her inner thoughts, while she is plagued by the similarities between Bren and her lost love, Zavier. Sheehan creates, not just an arresting story, but an important metaphor for helicopter parents (who are, ironically, killed in a helicopter crash), and the necessity for free will for young women to develop their talents. In this case, it is not an evil fairy who sets Rose's destiny, but a father who demands total obedience or destruction. Sheehan has written a literate, thoughtful, exciting neo-contemporary tale with something important to say to young women of great potential. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This original and imaginative retelling of "Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose" is set in a far future in which hover vehicles, cell phones worn around the neck, and retinal scans are routine. Rosalinda, "Rose," heir to a huge, interplanetary corporation called UniCorp, wakes up after being in stasis for 62 years and is still 16 years old. She's been awakened by a kiss from a boy, Bren, who found her stasis tube abandoned in the subbasement of their condo building. She's told that she slept through the Dark Times in which a plague decimated the population. She's mourning the loss of her boyfriend and her parents, who were killed in an airplane crash nine years after the Dark Times began. Rose feels like a freak and has a hard time adjusting to having been ripped from her own time. The only other person who understands is her classmate Otto, a human-alien hybrid with blue skin and the ability to communicate telepathically through touch. Rose has a crush on Bren but he's scared of her neediness and childlike behavior. Her life gets even more confusing after she's repeatedly attacked by a robot with orders to terminate her and she must fight for her life. Surprising plot twists abound as she discovers shocking family secrets. This debut novel doesn't shy away from exploring the dangers of powerful conglomerates and the ways technology can be abused, but, ultimately, it's a bittersweet story of lost love, dreams, and of finding one's place in the world.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

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5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
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14 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
With well-developed characters, a touch of romance, and a believable future that, for once, is not entirely dystopian, Sheehan's tale should please many readers.
—Publishers Weekly

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.

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Anna Sheehan says of A LONG, LONG, SLEEP, her first novel, "I always thought the interesting thing about Sleeping Beauty wasn't why she was put to sleep, but what she had to come to terms with afterward. Everything would have changed radically-- technology and politics as well as social structure. She would have seemed like a foreigner in her own country." Anna Sheehan lives in rural Oregon.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Vivacie More than 1 year ago
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.
Hmr28 More than 1 year ago
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 enough
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
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.
PenelopeL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Just read it good Lord
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Rosalinda Fitzroy is used to sleeping in suspended animation. She never spends too long in stass. Not long enough to cause any real problem. When Rose wakes up this time, everything is different.This time she isn't woken by her parents. Instead a strange boy seems to be kissing her. She is still sixteen-years-old, or at least her body is, but she has been asleep for sixty-two years. Everyone she knew is gone. Everything from Rose's old life is a distant memory, forever erased by the Dark Times that came while she remained in her forgotten stasis tube. With no friends left and no one to depend on, Rose looks to the boy who woke her for support as she tries to move forward. When a deadly threat targets Rose, she realizes that her past isn't as distant as she thought. If she wants any hope of a future, Rose will have to confront her past in A Long, Long Sleep (2011) by Anna Sheehan. A Long, Long Sleep is Sheehan's first novel. It also has a companion sequel called No Life But This. Sheehan delivers an interesting spin on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale in this science fiction retelling. Instead of focusing on the prince or waking the princess, this novel examines what comes next. Including some things that are not easy to read. Rose's body is ravaged by her time in stasis. Her recovery is slow and often frustrating or even painful. It is a long, realistic process and one that is not even finished by the end of the novel. The story of Rose's present and her past unfold simultaneously with interspersed memories and flashbacks to her life before being in stasis for sixty-two years.The world building for this futuristic society is not always solid. Sheehan includes jarring, and often useless, bits of slang along with huge chunks of information (while still having gaps in other areas). However, because of the narrative's tight focus on Rose these problems do make sense in the larger context of the novel. Early in the story it becomes clear that Rose isn't remembering everything and is not, therefore, passing everything on to readers. This unreliability and suspense lends an eerie quality to the narrative as readers, and Rose herself, wonder what really happened to keep her in stasis for so long. Although Rose spends much of the narrative understandably adrift, she is a strong heroine. This novel comes to a powerful conclusion as Rose confronts her past and finally is able to make her own choices about her future. A Long, Long Sleep is a unique and sharp retelling as well as a harrowing tale of survival. Possible Pairings: Sleepless by Cyn Balog, All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry, Cut Me Free by J. R. Johansson, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis, The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas, The Program by Suzanne Young, All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
It was only supposed to be a short nap in her stasis tube, but it will take sixty-two years for Rose to open her eyes again. Her parents are dead, the boy who kissed her awake is a stranger and the world she wakes up to is one that couldn't be more foreign. The story of Sleeping Beauty has always been among my favourite fairy tales, so I gave A LONG, LONG SLEEP a go. Sadly, it wasn't at all as I'd imagined it. The futuristic world A LONG, LONG SLEEP is set in feels inconsistent and was completely unfulfilling just as its plot. I pitied Rose most of the time, none of her relationships to other characters did catch my attention and her love story (or better non-romance) with the mystery boy who kissed her awake is terribly dull. Maybe Rose's story could've been stronger if it had been planned for two or three books instead of a standalone. 2/5 ** A LONG, LONG SLEEP - A Sleeping Beauty re-telling lacking the entrancement of its original inspiration. This almost felt alien since it couldn't be further away from the original tale than the story that Anna Sheehan wrote. I guess she attempted a brave approach, but at no point did A LONG, LONG SLEEP feel like a story I'd want to read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in a long time.  No words
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderfully written with vibrant and engaging characters and a truly unique perspective on the Sleeping Beauty tale. In fact it was so emotionally moving, that as we progress technologically, it raised some very pertinent ethical questions on how and when and why that technology should be used. It drew me in so deeply that I read it all in one night. A truly wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tis book is the just right book that makes me get on the edge of my feet and the author made me think that I was Rosland Samantha Fitzroy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Zeeelicious More than 1 year ago
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
Suzie_Beth17 More than 1 year ago
great book. I kept hoping that Rose and Xavier weren't torn apart. I loved the relationships Rose did make.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line,plot,climax, everything in this story was awesome! This book will definatly be in the back of my mind for over 62 years (tehe)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really thought it was good and at first its kind of....... confusing but after that it becomes a really great read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-unique -amazing -cant stop reading book -teacher - inspirational - reccomended (11+)
lisarose10 More than 1 year ago
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!
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