A Long, Long Sleep

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.

Type Her A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Kindle Edition, Candlewick, 361 pages
YA Science Fiction, Dystopia

Read on October 07, 2011

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 sub-basement, 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 dead, 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 existance, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes — or be left without any future at all.

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.

Mediocre: I can tolerate it but I want more!

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

Other Reviews:
The Book Parade
Augmented Unreality

Blurb and Book Cover: Goodreads


3 thoughts on “A Long, Long Sleep

  1. KwesiFriends says:

    Nice interpretation of the book, ha? When I first saw the book cover, romance pops in my head and I was right! Okay, never mind that part at least roses and pink covers can be classify as science fictions these days. Haha. Plus, I can’t imagine myself stuck in a 16-yeas-old body without even growing a thing!

    Have you watched, Please Teacher? Somehow the book and that anime had similarities except for the main character, the main character is a guy who fall in love to an alien-look-like-human. It was good but rated PG or X I think, it was a soft whatsoever anime (Contemporary, I think?) Niyahaha.

    • Shana says:

      Ugh. I don’t see roses and pink covers for sci-fi novels noh. Ano ‘to? Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin ni Bob Ong? It’s more of contemporay YA, I think and classic fiction but sci-fi? Let’s ask Rollie.

      I haven’t watched Please Teacher and I don’t have any plans of watching it in the near future. I have a feeling it’s a Harem-Ecchi anime so, di bale na lang.

      • SweetReads says:

        I’m just joking! Anyway, I’m using my blog’s identity. For sure, my blog is too gay and I want it that way because I’m planning female readers to come. Niyahaha! Checking my wordpress identity.

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