Book Review: A Long, Long Sleep

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

The blurb: Rosalinda Fitzroy had been asleep for 62 years when she was 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 existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes – or be left without any future at all.

My review: I have just finished reading this book and I am dangerously dehydrated.

A Long, Long Sleep is just fantastic. For anyone who reads this who has lost a loved one, or been swept up in a new love, or been left behind when a relationship ends, this will strike a chord with you. There is an unbearable sadness about this book. The very premise, reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty, of the main character waking up 62 years after she was put in a stasis tube to a world completely altered to the one she remembers is both haunting and horrific.

To begin with I thought this novel lacked emotional depth. I was slightly chagrined at how Rose seemed to just continue through life without really being that upset about the loss of her parents or her friends. This was explained partly due to the detrimental effects being chemically put to sleep for 60 years will have on your body. But it turns out Anna Sheehan was saving her emotional punches for the last 50 pages! I wept, then read, then wept some more. Reading it felt like my heart had turned into a lead weight at the horror of her situation and sunk through the floor before breaking. There is nothing more tragic than missed opportunities and the what ifs of the world, especially when it comes to love. This is a thrilling, gripping and heart-breaking book.

The relationships in this book are complex and Sheehan explores some dark, intense themes such as abuse, loyalty, guilt and dutifullness. The scope here is huge. If I ever write a book I’d be happy if it was half as powerful as this.

I will reiterate. This was a fantastic book. I am traumatised by it but I will ask everyone I know to read it. Utterly compelling and tragic.

9 out of 10 stars! *********

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