Monday, August 8, 2011

review: A Long, Long Sleep - Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long SleepA Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rose has been is stasis for the last sixty-two years. She was awoken by a kiss from a boy who found her in a forgotten basement. Everything she’s knows has changed, everyone she knew is gone. When everyone thought she was put in to stasis to be protected from the Dark Times and that she was only about seventy eight years old, she knew that wasn’t true. She was more like one-hundred years old and it wasn’t her first time in stasis. 

Trying to cope with her new future and the loss of her past, she develops a crush on Bren, the boy who woke her. At school, she feels like a freak and makes few friends; all but Bren and Otto really see her for her. With a deadly cyborg after her, she runs and finds her own way. When Rose finally learns the truth of her parents, will she want to continue into the future?

This is another story where it’s hard not to give spoilers when giving the review. A Long, Long Sleep is an interesting take on a futuristic version of Sleeping Beauty and child abuse. Rose is a girl whose parents would put her into stasis repeatedly, abusively. Even though her parents are gone, she still can’t bring herself to tell anybody the truth about what her parents have done to her. My heart just went out to Rose and her struggles. There were tears, several times in fact.

Bren is a typical teenager and really can’t be blame for reacting the way he does. My favorite character is Otto. Otto and Rose have a unique connection and they become true friends. When the big secret(s) is revealed, I feel so bad for Rose because who should have to go through any of what happened to her.

At times the writing is a little slow paced and some of the numbers and facts don’t add up. I also feel that the danger element could have been more…just more. Aside from that I like the story and would definitely recommend it. I think it’s a heart-warming tale about a girl overcoming abuse and growing up.


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