So I’ve just popped my fairy tale retelling cherry with Cinder the other week so I was thinking if A Long, Long Sleep is even remotely as good as Cinder I’d be in for a great read. And omg it didn’t disappoint!
A Long, Long Sleep is marketed as a futuristic retelling of Sleeping Beauty but it is 100 million times more than that. I absolutely loved it! I need to read the sequel, No Life But This, NOW!! I had never heard of this book until this year despite its release date being in 2011 and I’m not sure if it like an undiscovered gem but people really need to get onto it!!
Rose is a 16 year old girl who has just been woken up from a 62 years long stasis sleep, the world has completely change, everyone she’s known and loved is now gone and she is the long lost ruler of a multi-billion dollar interplanet empire. (AS IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH TO WANT TO GO READ THIS BOOK.) Throw that she’s dealing with the fact her first love is long dead, she’s starting to have feelings for the boy who kissed her awake, a robot assassin has orders to terminate her, her best friend is an alien hybrid that by law she technically owns, and her amazing art work and I dare you to say this book isn’t an incredible and unique experience.
At the start of this book Rose is extremely docile, she is ready and willing to do whatever she is told. She doesn’t ask questions about this new century she wakes up and she never asks for help even when she desperately requires it. I found this behaviour really weird and I was starting to view Rose as a doormat when the reason behind her behaviour is revealed.
And it is really, really sad.
But by the end of the book shes busting out of her shell like a butterfly and what an amazing transformation it is. I truly can’t wait to continue reading about her!
The world building in A Long, Long Sleep is awesome! I want flying cars! Please and Thank you. There were a couple of things that were a bit iffy. I had trouble keeping all the places in check because a lot of them start out with UniSomething and when your being introduced to a new world and a lot of the places are names really similar it’s easy to get confused. Also the book is set so far in the future that interplanet travel is something to shrug at but I still would have liked some sort of background about space. It’s mentioned with no detail and I would have liked some.
So I know when you learn more about being stassed (stasis sleep) that you learn the cons associated with it but I still think the idea is extremely inventive and cool. I know Sheehan isn’t be far the first person to think up Stasis but it’s the first book I’ve ever read with it so I was pretty much blown away!
One of the horror of Rose being stassed for 62 years is that everyone she loved is now dead. One of whom being her boyfriend Xavier. We get to fall in love with Rose and Xavier’s story through flash back and dreams and that is also how we learn a lot about how Rose became the way she did. Xavier is the ultimate boyfriend and you really do feel for Rose when she’s morning him.
Bren, the boy that kisses Rose awake out of stass sleep, the Prince Charming of our story isn’t actually much of a prince charming. Oh his is charming and attractive but mostly he’s just a good friend to Rose (although she may want more). He is there for her and always willingly help save the day. Bren is authentic, he isn’t a massive asshole, or overly caring and nice he is just a realistic guy who’s there for Rose. We shall have to wait and see if it blossoms into something more.
So I have a favourite character in A Long, Long Sleep and it isn’t Rose, although she is cool. No. I’s Otto. I want a best friend who’s like Otto! I actually have an inkling that their friendship will grow into more and OHMYGOD I hope so! Otto is a half alien half human which the government created in the lab along with 99 others. Along the span of their lives all but 8 (I think it was 8) have died because their bodies have just given up on them. Otto cannot speak but he communicates telepathically, but talking this way means he is vulnerable to the person he is talking to dark emotions. This is the reason he and Rose begin talking over instant message. The instant message conversations where my favourite parts of the book. I truly wish these two end up together.
I think this book having no romance (except for the flash backs with Xavier) actually added to the story, this way Rose could focus on making herself better without the complications of boys.
Okay as for A Long, Long Sleep being a fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast you can throw that idea out the window. It may have far off shadows of the original fairy tale but it is 99% its own independent story. And trust me it’s amazing.
Okay I literally will be reading No Life But This the second I have it in my hands!! There are so many unanswered questions I need answered. I really want to learn more about Otto and his family and there’s one more thing in particular I want to know how it’s going but I won’t ruin it for the rest of you. I seriously loved this book and I think a lot of other people will love it too!