March 29, 2012

Book Review #76: A Long Long Sleep

A Long, Long SleepTitle: A Long Long Sleep.
Author: Anna Sheehan.
Format: Audio Book.
Source: Library.
Publisher: Candlewick
Published Date: August 9, 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."


Audio books have really been my thing lately! I think they're the best thing ever! I mean I love reading an actual book, I love the smell, and the feeling of the pages on my finger tips. But audio books are great when you don't have your hands free. You can listen to them while you're driving, cleaning, cooking or even when you're in the shower (just make sure to turn it up louder).

The one down thing about audio books, is that you can't really get the whole feeling of the cover. Judging the cover wouldn't be fair.

Overall Thoughts:

Since reading Cinder, I've realized how much I enjoy reading re-tellings of classical fairy tales! No one should ever lose faith in losing their perfect fairy-tale, and I feel like reading books like this remind us of that(:

"A Long Long Sleep", pretty much gives away which story it's a re-telling of...(sleeping beauty...hint hint*). Instead of being in our time, the story actually takes place in the future; so no, there aren't any "princes" or "castles" in this version.

Rose is the daughter of a man who owns a business that pretty much controls the whole city they live in. No matter what it maybe, Rose's Dad's company, plays some sort of role in it. In this version of sleeping beauty, Rose isn't put to sleep, so that a handsome man can come buy her, of course on his noble stead, and rescue her. But instead she is put to sleep (for days, or even weeks at a time), for being tired, stressed, disrespectful, or just whenever her parents are going on a business trip.

Until the final time she was put in stasis (the chemical sleep she is put into), a war broke out in her time, and her parents didn't even think twice about going back to get her out. Throughout the time she spends in her stasis tube, Rose never ages, so after being in stasis for sixty-six years, then being pulled out, she is still as young as she was then.

Rose's parents, friends, and the boy she loved aren't around anymore. The government takes of her, putting her into a school, and finding adoptive parents who can take care of her until she's eighteen.

Throughout the first few months of this whole new world, Rose meets a lot of new people, and finds out a lot of old secrets. I loved A Long Long Sleep, I honestly couldn't get enough of it(:

If you haven't picked it up yet, than by golly, go now! GO!


  1. I've heard a lot of good things about this book. After Cinder, I've been craving more fairy tale retellings with a sci-fi edge, and this seems to fit the bill! I'll try to get a copy soon!
    Thanks for the great review!

    ~Debz @ Debz Bookshelf

  2. I really liked this one and I feel like it doesn't get the attention it deserves. Definitely a scifi/dystopian worth the read :]


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