A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Release date: August 9, 2011
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Hardback, 352 pages
Purchase: Book Depository
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
A Long, Long Sleep is a heartbreaking story about abuse and loss, but also of finding yourself and finally fighting for yourself. I couldn’t put this book down, it took my breath away.
I’d read some reviews for this, and the general consensus seemed to be that people didn’t like Rose at the beginning. I liked her from the first page. She only acted the way she had in the beginning because of the way her parents raised her, there wasn’t anything she could do about it at the time. But throughout the book she wakes up to what had been happening and finally breaks free. I admired how strong she turned out to be.
What was hard to read about this book was the idea that you wake up and everyone you knew and loved is gone. Add the flashbacks to that, those glimpses of the people who are no longer alive, and that made it even harder. I was missing these people I couldn’t even have possibly ever known, since they weren’t real. And then the curve ball thrown in near the end, which was semi-predictable, changed things. That part of the storyline actually made me cry.
I know there were many who went into this expecting a good sci-fi story, but that was definitely not the primary genre for the book. It had only enough to help move the story along, and didn’t need more. I was blown away by A Long, Long Sleep and would definitely recommend it to anyone in need of a good story.