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A Long, Long Sleep [Kindle Edition]

Anna Sheehan
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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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.
--Publishers Weekly

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

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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.
--Publishers Weekly

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

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (18 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FVNJCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anna Sheehan has been a dedicated writer since her first year in high school, when her novella won second place in a local competition, losing only to a (now) professional mystery writer. Her first novel was published serially in a local newsletter when she was 16. She is a regular attendee of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference, who first invited her to attend their meeting with a scholarship. Anna lives on an isolated mountain ranch in central Oregon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional and interesting read 17 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
A Long, Long Sleep is a book that I doubted I'd read when I looked at the cover, it just didn't look like my sort of thing at all. But I didn't ignore it just because of the cover - thankfully - and I read the blurb. Now, despite there not being much focus on the SF side of things I decided I'd give it a go - after all, it is a very sf-nal idea and I wanted to see what Sheehan could do with it. I'm actually very glad I did because A Long, Long Sleep really hit the mark and delivered much more than I expected, especially from the SF side that I enjoy so much!

Rose has been in stasis for 62 years and, after being discovered in an old abandoned basement by Brendan, is bought back to the world as the sole heiress to the biggest company in the solar system, UniCorp. This is a shock to many people who didn't realise that the Fitzroy's had a daughter, never mind one in stasis. As Rose tries to adjust to the present she learns of events during her time in stasis, the Dark Times and the effect that those years had on humanity and Earth, but doesn't look too deep into the details of those few people she knew in the past, scared of discovering their fates. But she is being hunted by a Plastine, a deadly and near-indestructible killer that will not stop until it achieves its objective...

A Long, Long Sleep is told in the first person from Rose's point of view, so as expected we know what she knows and see what she sees. There's a fine balance between keeping the story moving forward and giving enough details about the world in which Rose lives and the times she has missed, but Sheehan just about manages to get it right. I've mentioned before that I like worldbuilding in my sci-fi, so not seeing that much here felt, at the start, a little odd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book 8 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
A Long, Long Sleep is one of those books that I hadn't heard all that much about before I was offered it for review so I went into it not quite knowing what to expect apart from loving the cover and deciding the premise was interesting enough for me to agree to review it. Little did I know how wonderful it was going to be.

To start with for me A Long, Long Sleep was very much like Across the Universe. A girl who had been woken up in the future without any familiar surroundings or family to speak of. She is lost and confused and doesn't quite know where she fits in. I was a little worried at this point that the book was going to be a complete imitation but it wasn't as once you get past those first few chpaters it does it own thing completely.

The first section of the book introduced Rose to the new world that she is in and like her you are a little disorientated with the slang and getting to know everyone and you get this good sense of how difficult it would have been for a girl to be worken up 60+ years into her future. I thought the scenes in the History classes were particularly poignant as Rose learns about The Dark Ages and the conditions all the people she knew must have lived through

The one thing I really loved about this book is the relationships Rose builds up with her new friends Bren and Otto and I love the contrast between the two relationships and what it says about how society judges people by their appearences.

The story itself is very interesting and pacy. I loved following Rose as she tried to adapt to living in the new world she has found herself in and loved how she tried to just take herself away from it in the hope that everything woul magically get better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Long Long Sleep - Review 21 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim because Waterstones had a 3 for 2 offer on and I am never someone to turn down a free book. I'm glad I did.

Yes, it's another young adult book written in the first person targeted primarily at ikkle girlies, but it's actually really really good. I looked at the blurb on the back and thought "Huh, sci-fi sleeping beauty." And that is what it is, but it's a lot more besides.

So, A Long Long Sleep gives us Rose, heir to a huge business empire and someone who has been in stasis for sixty years. I very nearly put the book down after three chapters, Rose was unlikeable, the teen crush was boring and the not fitting in at school thing is over done to the point where I want to actually burn my eyes out if I read another book that starts out like that. But give it chance. Rose will grow on you, as will the book. She has good reason, which I will not divulge here, for being the passive child that she is. And thank all that's holy, she gets rejected by her crush and it actually sticks to the end of the book. None of this "I rejected you for your own good" tripe, he doesn't want her for legitimate reasons, end of. It's nice to see a young adult book that knows that not everyone falls madly in love with their first crush. No matter how much you may want to slap her at the beginning of the book Rose will have grown on you by the end of the story.

The supporting characters are a mixed bag. You've got Rose's adoptive parents who are just blank slates with "indifference" written upon them in sixty foot letters. Bren, Rose's crush, is a nice enough guy. He's a well written person, which is to say he doesn't do things out of character to advance the plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep, dark, beautiful and intriguing story
I was blown away by this book, I honestly was. When I first read the blurb of A Long, Long Sleep, I thought, ‘This looks good – I think I’ll like this... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Catherine (The Book Parade)
5.0 out of 5 stars Slog of a beginning, gets much better
A Long, Long Sleep is a sci-fi YA novel based on Sleeping Beauty, set in the far future.

It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. O'donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars The YA Bookshelf
Sleeping Beauty the Sci-Fi way.

That's the only way I can explain this book in a nutshell. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea - sort of sleeping beauty with complications
Cover 3.0 Did not really match the story line. The hard copy Royale size version I had was in quite small print although plenty of blank space on the page for a larger font. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alexander Kreator
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the story
I absolutely loved the concept behind this story, like a futuristic and dark retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a twist. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thoughts Of A Scot Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This is one of the best books I have read since the Hunger Games, and it is of the same quality. It is very exciting. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. A. Topping
5.0 out of 5 stars Great YA sci-fi for all ages
YA sci-fi is a genre on the rise, which is a great thing. I've also noticed a trend emerging within the genre - authors blending fairy tales with science fiction. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Laila Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very emotional, one of my best reads this year!
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book, I don't think I was expecting much at all but this book blew me away. Read more
Published on 26 July 2012 by ReadWriteReviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely heroine survives against the odds, or does she?
I quite liked this one. In some ways it is a typical coming-of-age story, but there are a couple of big twists, one I've not come across before. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by R. F. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars After a slow start a very captivating book
I won an ARC of this book on Goodreads. This is one of few times I really wanted to have the book and luckily I got it. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by Nimue
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