Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Long, Long Sleep (ARC)

A Long, Long Sleep 
Author: Anna Sheehan
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 352
Read Time: Two Days
Tag Words: Sci-fi, Dystopia, Twisted Fairy tale, retelling, aliens, corporations, secrets, dysfunctional families, true love, multiple love interests, art, 2011 debut author
My Summary:
A Long, Long Sleep begins where Rose’s life ended and began again, sixty years after her Long, Long Sleep. 
Set in a futuristic society where her families legacy has birthed a new world Rose must come to grips with a lost love, revelations about the life she had before, and accept that hope is ever present. 
My Review:
This book is amazing and healing. I loved every minute of it and was in tears long before 'the end.' A Long, Long Sleep is one of those books that means the world to me, and though I acknowledge I have personal reasons for my positive reaction, I still hope I can convince all of you to pick up a copy. The story is compelling, the characters intriguing and nothing is as you expect in this debut novel from author Anna Sheehan.
Sheehan managed a very rare feat. She tricked me! That’s right, she pulled some wool over my eyes and I didn’t see what was really going on until Rose in some instances! Wow. That rarely happens. Brownie points for the debut author. 
I’ve heard some grumblings about Sleep that the sci-fi aspects of the novel are disappointing and not true to the genre. Now, I am no sci-fi expert, but I think the post-apocalyptic, the-new-modern elements of A Long, Long Sleep were engrossing and unique. I also feel I need to address the obvious, that imagination has no bounds and not all sci-fi must take place on a planet light-years away for it to "count."
So, do you want to hear about my tactics for convincing you to read this book? Well, I loved A Long, Long Sleep so much I have blocked off an entire week in my posting schedule to interview several of the characters. You heard from Xavier yesterday, (heartbreaking, isn’t he?) and there’s more to come, but you'll have to check back in to get the full low-down! 
Now, promise me you’ll read this book! Pinky-swear me in the comments.
Notes on the Names:
Great names. Sheehan was very into name meaning, which is always appreciated. 
Rosalinda= beautiful rose. 
Xavier= light, or home.
Brenden= Prince, though earlier meaning of the name was “oily hair.” Some Princes can have oily hair, I suppose.
Thoughts on the Cover:
I’ve been hearing negative things about this cover, but I like it! 

The multitude of colors and the fact that it’s not a model cover, but still manages to capture the MC, really does it for me.

Parental Book Review *spoilers*
Sexual Content: 
Kissing that is romantic, and slightly passionate, but you don’t feel like the characters are about to rip each others clothes off. 
H- 9
D- 10
A- 5
Pr*ck- 1
B- 1
Good vs. Evil warfare involving a robot who is programmed to kill Rose.
Rose’s parents use a modern form of adolescent abuse, putting her to sleep, to control her. I consider this violent, even if the actions taken are not.
Other Notables:


flashlight_reader said...

I didn't think about the characters names! Very smart. I figured out Rose because that one if pretty obvious, but the other characters never crossed my mind. It makes sense now!

Bookish Brunette said...

I have been WAITING for this FOREVER!!! so glad it's finally here!!! Yay! Great review chick, I seriously can't wait!

Rebecca said...

I'm def going to be giving this one a read - been looking forward to it since the summer. Love knowing the author's able to pull a trick - I get very excited when they're able to do that to me :o)

SusieBookworm (Susanna) said...

This is the third good review of this book that I've read today, which is great because I've been wanting to read this book since I first heard of it (sci-fi and fairytale retellings are two of my favorite genres) and was afraid I'd have too high expectations.

Lynn said...

This book is waiting to be read! And' i've read a few good things about it now so hopefully soon. :D
Thanks for the review.
P.S. - I like your cover and definitely prefer it to the UK version.