A Long, Long Sleep – Review

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Title: A Long, Long Sleep

Author: Anna Sheehan

Rosalinda Fitzroy has just been awakened by a kiss. It’s been 62 years since she went into stasis, and the world has changed around her. Her parents are long gone, as is the boy who was her best friend and her true love. Now Rose is the sole heir to an interplanetary empire, and the people around her think she’s either a freak or a threat. Trying to find her place in this strange new world, Rose is drawn to Bren, the boy who kissed her awake, and Otto, a blue-skinned alien hybrid “created” by her family’s company. Rose’s efforts to assimilate into her new surrounding are quickly complicated when she becomes the target of an assassin. Who wants her dead, and why are they so desperate to kill her?

I love when authors put their own spin on fairy tales, and this first novel is a science-fiction take on Sleeping Beauty.  (If you didn’t know, “Fitz” means “son of” or “child of,” and “roy” means “king,” so clearly Rosalinda Fitzroy is a princess!) There are so many neat things going on in the book, from what the future looks like, to Rose and her new relationships, to the mystery surrounding her parents and the killer who wants her dead. I haven’t seen anything about this being part of a series, but there are a few possible threads that could be picked up in future books, and I for one would love to read them.

–Lisa, Teen Librarian

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