A Long, Long Sleep
By: Anna Sheehan
Audio by: Brilliance Audio
In a very loose interpretation of Sleeping Beauty, A Long, Long Sleep begins with Rosalinda Fitzroy awakening from a chemically induced hibernation of sorts called stasis after 62 years. Her family and friends are gone, and she arrives in a world with technology, culture, and issues that she does not understand. Along with that is the fact that she is the heir to a interplanetary empire, which she feels wholly underprepared to manage.
The audio for this book was only average. I wasn't wholly impressed with the reader, but at least the narrator did not detract from the rest of the story. One of the major problems I had with the reader was that she sounded just a little too old. And, honestly, I'm not wholly convinced that this book translated so well into audio. There was a lot of inner dialogue and repetitive phrases that perhaps would have been better having read on a page than hearing out loud.
Rosalinda Fitzroy is in the same class of heroines as Bella Swan for me. Though, to be fair, at least Rosalinda was dealing with some very serious trauma. But, I found her journey to growing a backbone to be exhausting. She is so incredibly passive and weak that I really couldn't stand her. I know that there are many readers that love a broken main character. I am not one of those people. And, given the back story on Rose, I do understand at least why she is weak initially. However, I did not feel a connection to Rose, and despite every other character's desire to protect her, I felt ambivalent.
The redeeming quality in this book for me was the world building. I liked the advanced technology, I thought the slang was not intrusive, and just subtle enough that it fit well within the story. However, one major glaring flaw in the world building really got this book off to a bad start for me. The whole premise behind the "dark times" is that genetically modified food caused infertility. I would have rather the author not gone into so much detail about the science behind the "dark times" that wiped out much of the population. Or, if she insisted on going into detail, at least make it close to accurate.
I know many other people that loved this book. If you're looking for a narrative on love that's a little quirky, this may be the book for you. However, for me, it just didn't pass muster.