Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Long, Long Sleep - Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep – Anna Sheehan
Publisher:  Candlewick Press
Pages:  352
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source:  I received a e-galley from Net Galley 
Read For:  What's in a Name Challenge
Overview from Barnes and Noble

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.

My review

The premise of this book intrigued me from the beginning.  I loved the characters, I loved the plot line.  There were lots of twists and turns to keep me reading.  I was a little disappointed with the world building.  As science fiction worlds go, this one lacked a lot.  There seemed to be very few recognizable changes or differences between the present and the future where this story took place.

Rose awakens to learn everyone she knew or loved is gone.  She also learns she is the heir to her parents inter-galactic empire.  While she tries to make her way in this new time period, and make friends, someone is out to kill her.  Some of the things we learn as we go along in the story make it very easy to dislike her parents.  The author did a great job of telling this story in bits and pieces that kept you hanging in.  I would recommend this to those who love a good story line that will carry you all the way through.

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