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A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
352 pages
Published August 9, 2011
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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 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.

Review:

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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