Anna Sheehan says of A Long, Long Sleep, her first novel, "I always thought the interesting thing about Sleeping Beauty wasn't why she was put to sleep, but what she had to come to terms with afterward. Everything would have changed radically--technology and politics as well as social structure. She would have seemed like a foreigner in her own country." Anna Sheehan lives in rural Oregon.
With well-developed characters, a touch of romance, and a
believable future that, for once, is not entirely dystopian,
Sheehan's tale should please many readers.
This is a fun, fast read...It is a fairy tale without a classic
happy ending. The book addresses serious issues including what
makes a "person," in addition to classic YA subjects such as first
love, making it a wonderful title for a book talk, a reading list,
or a class discussion.
--VOYA This debut novel doesn't shy away from exploring the dangers of powerful conglomerates and the ways technology can be abused, but, ultimately, it's a bittersweet story of lost love, dreams, and of finding one's place in the world.
--School Library Journal Whether comparing Rose's story to other Briar Rose and Sleeping Beauty variants, wondering about her complicated situation or simply enjoying the thrilling suspense, readers will hope that Rose can find some happiness ever after in a complex world.
Gr 9 Up-Rosalinda Samantha Fitzroy is a girl out of time in Anna Sheehan's futuristic retelling (Candlewick, 2011) of Sleeping Beauty. Sixty-two years ago, she was a carefree 16-year-old. Everything changed when her ultra-wealthy parents, owners of an interplanetary company named Unicorp, put her in her stasis tube and abandoned her. Now she's awake and everyone she knows is dead. Struggling to adjust and deal with all the press attention and the fact that she is the heir to her parents' interplanetary empire, she makes friends with Bren, the boy who woke her up with a kiss, and an alien named Otto. When a Plastine-a plasticized corpse mercenary-is sent to assassinate her by someone within Unicorp, things take a dangerous turn. Forced to dig up her painful past and some dark family secrets, Rosalinda worries that her past really isn't ancient history. Who can she trust? Will she ever be able to adjust to the future? Narrator Angela Dawe does a good job of voicing Rosalinda's emotions. Although the flashbacks are a little confusing to follow, the other transitions are done well. While the characters' voices sound similar, their personalities and language styles are all unique. An engaging listen.-Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.