Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss.
By reading the line above anyone would think that A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan is a modern-day adaptation of Sleeping Beauty—but it’s not. Not one bit. Who would have thought that this is YA Sci-Fi? Look at the book cover and title. Now tell me if you get the Sci-Fi feel.
No? I agree. It’s like a remake of a classic fairytale. And it’s not just the cover; the synopsis is misleading too.
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Kindle Edition, Candlewick, 361 pages
YA Science Fiction, Dystopia
Read on October 07, 2011
Rosalinda Samantha Fitzroy woke up after being stassed for 62 years. So everything and everyone she knew from her time is already gone—except for UniCorp. The company her parents started decades ago is still there. And she’s the sole heir.
I didn’t feel Rosalinda’s character at first. I perfectly understand that she’s confused and she’s in a totally different world from what she’s used to. 60 years is a long time to be asleep, right? Her reactions to the unfamiliar world she’s into are expected but I didn’t expect it to last for more than half of the novel. Can’t she be happy she’s a hundred-year old woman trapped in a 16-year old body? Everyone would kill for that. Ha-ha. I’m just kidding. I really just want her to move on and get on with her life. The sooner she realize it the better.
I’m not a fan of Sci-Fi novels but I love Sci-Fi movies, manga and anime. So I kind of have a little idea of what I’ll look for in a futuristic theme. But this novel doesn’t have the ultramodern setting I’m used to. The entire time I’m reading this, it reminded me of Dragon Ball Z.
There’s the Stass Tube that makes the body goes in stasis. This is the tube where Rose was put to sleep for more than 6 decades. It’s like the time capsule San Go Ku goes into to heal his wounds from battle. I keep on imagining the machines Bulma’s father invented.
Of course, a Sci-Fi novel won’t be complete without an alien—a bluish genetically modified human slash alien that doesn’t speak but can reach your thoughts in skin contact. This reminds me of Piccolo, Freeza, Cell and Maginbu.
They also have hover machines they used as transportation. It’s the same as the flying cars they use in DBZ.
And there’s the UniCorp Town and other mentioned modern places in the novel. Equivalent to Bulma’s hometown and other advanced cities in DBZ (with all the flying cars, modern buildings and robots everywhere).
Add a little touch of high-tech iPads, security scans and terminator—you now have ALLS’ modern day world.
It’s not a bad read after all. It reminded me of my DBZ days—that is why I gave it 3 Kiss Marks.
I checked my status updates in Goodreads when I was reading this book and I was surprised to see I added a line I like from this novel. (which I don’t remember doing)
Every love, every relationship, is different. It’s never going to be the same, not with anybody. – Dr. Bija
Blurb and Book Cover: Goodreads