A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

A Long Long Sleep
by Anna Sheehan
pub: Gollancz

Ok 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.’

This all makes it sound terribly dramatic and there is a dramatic sub plot to the book, but for the most part it follows the same riffs as any other boarding school drama, be it fantasy, sci fi or st trillians. Ok technically Rose isn’t a boarder and there is the whole, might she die thing, but basically, she doesn’t fit in, she’s out of step with everything, trying to make sense of her life and has a crush on a boy. If you ignore the hovercars, the alien class mate who communicates by touch and the whole stasis thing, it’s nothing new. That’s not a complaint.

It’s very well done, with engaging characters, an appealing heroine and yes all those sci fi touches do make it a richer and more interesting setting than most novels of this type. There are some genuinely touching moments, it’s good fun, the pacing is pretty good and the world is absorbing. The Dark Times are an interesting device and not entirely out of keeping with the sort of problems the earth could well face in a pessimistic view of the future, giving a fairly solid history to the time Rose wakes up in. There is also the relationship with her parents and the careful handling of the readers knowledge and understanding of that, in line with Rose’s own.

All in all excellently done, an enjoyable and thought provoking read.

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