Fairy tales have always held a special place in the lives of people, and recent young adult literature is no exception. Anna Sheehan’s A Long, Long Sleep, to be released this coming August, is yet another in a popular genre.
Woken with a kiss, or rather a misguided attempt at mouth to mouth resuscitation, after a long period of stasis, Rose finds that 62 years have passed and the world has experienced many changes while she has slept. Forced to face a brand new world in which she knows no one, while battling stasis fatigue and an unknown assassin, Rose must forge a new life for herself, helped by the inter-planetary empire her parents built.
The book moves rather slowly at first and attempts at creating new words for this futuristic world seemed forced. The writing wasn’t spectacular, although the concept is intriguing. Rose is rather weak and pathetic but begins to show some spirit at the end of the book as she begins to find herself, away from the controlling and abusive parents who routinely used stasis as a punishment.
Disclaimer: A copy of the book was supplied by the publisher.