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A Long, Long Sleep

(UniCorp #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  7,361 ratings  ·  1,193 reviews
It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone-- and her future full of peril.

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Tim
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Candlewick
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Wendy Darling
3.5 out of 5 stars It's rare that I spend so much time frustrated with a heroine and then have such a complete change of heart as the story progresses. I went through literally the first half of this book annoyed with Rosalinda Fitzroy, a sixteen-year-old girl who has just been awakened out of stasis sleep with a kiss. She doesn't really ask enough questions to find out what's been happening since she was last conscious. She falls in love far too easily. She narrates with too many exclamation po ...more
Brava, Ms. Sheehan!

Remember how I keep moaning about the complete lack of quality in young adult literature these days? Remember how I'm scared the Twihards are going to wipe out every sign of feminism from our society? Remember how I'm scared I might one day wake up in hell, with Torment as the soundtrack?

Yeah, you can forget all about that now.

Anna Sheehan has restored my faith in debut YA authors. She has proven that you can write a brilliant, innovative, moving first book without a hin
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who thought "The Host" was actually a sci-fi novel and loved it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Vinaya
Shelves: ya, 2011, sci-fi
2.5 stars

Got excited for nothing:(

Do you remember The Host by Stephenie Meyer which was released with a tag line Science Fiction for those who don’t like Science Fiction (and I might add, written by a person who has no clue what science fiction is)? This tag line would suit A Long, Long Sleep just fine. (I guess the cover should have been a giveaway?)

Unfortunately, I happen to like sci-fi and have read a few sci-fi standouts recently. What Anna Sheehan offers as sci-fi elements in her novel just
Kat Kennedy
This ARC was provided to me by Candlewick Press for the express purpose of reviewing. I wasn't paid for this review.

Although, you know... if you WANT To pay me, guys, I wouldn't complain or anything...

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Cause if someone doesn't start, I'm going to have to look at moving to California...

Anyway, my GR Super Friend Against Evil, Tatiana, reviewed this book and gave it two stars. Usually, Tatiana and I tend to agree on books so I wasn't expecting much.

And to be honest, if you're anticipat
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Usually when I intend to review a book, I choose to wait a while, gather my thoughts, decide how I really feel and then start writing. Rose’s story was overwhelming and I need to review it right away or I'll never sleep again.
Somewhere around 70%, I fell in love with this book. Not that I didn’t like it before, I was pretty much drawn to the story from the very beginning, but that was when I decided that Anna Sheehan is a very, very good writer.

I think you all know the story by now. Rosalinda F
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

First of all, I’m going to dispense with any expectation to categorically label this novel, beyond the fact that it’s a work of fiction marketed to young adults. I dislike terms like “soft sci-fi” or “sci-fi for people who don’t like sci-fi”. (And what does that even mean, hmm, Ms Meyer? To me, that makes as much as sense as, “here’s a romance for people who don’t like romance”. Er, okay. It’s probably not a romance then.) My point being, despite the setting and the role science plays i
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 19-arc-ebook
This was surprisingly good!

I’m not big on Science-Fiction. I have read and watched my share of Science-Fiction books and movies but I don’t really know all that much about this particular genre and as long as I can somewhat relate to the fictive world I am presented with and don’t think it’s utterly stupid, I am happy. This is Science-Fiction, right? Not dystopian? Sorry, I am a little fuzzy on the difference between the two.
In the present case I thought that the post-apocalyptic world wasn’t ve
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bloody-brilliant

If Anna Sheehan doesn't make a sequel to this, I swear, I will hunt her down and MAKE HER.



<3 <3 <3 <3 I LOVE OTTO! <3 <3 <3 <3

Update: She's making a sequel! No Life But This
I will warn anyone interested right now that I love and dislike this book in fairly equal measure. I began fearful that the book would not surpass a 2 star rating but the story did improve. I will also point out that this book is an anomaly as it is the only one on my i-cried shelf which I have not rated 5 stars. I tend to love books that can wring intense emotion from me and though this book did so, my issues with other parts of the book are too many and severe to ignore or warrant 5 stars.

I pr
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers:

Rosalinda Fitzroy is the daughter of the most powerful parents in the world. Her mother, a beauty and high society darling, and her father, the CEO of international conglomerate UniCorp, both adore and dote on their obedient, darling little princess. So, when Rose finds herself being awakened by a boy (via mouth to mouth resuscitation, hardly a real Prince Charming kiss), not her usual motherly wakeup with a champ
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-deals
Do you know when you tried to love a book, watering it the way you might a tomato plant along fruit row, but for whatever reason it continues to disappoint you time and time again? Not taking the water and the sunlight and shrinking from your every touch, confined to shrivel up and die, and give you the finger as it leaves the universe. That’s what I thought of A LONG, LONG SLEEP. I wanted to like this book and going into it, like that pesky tomato plant, I had every intention of liking it, but ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Anna Sheehan's A Long, Long Sleep has one of the best first chapters I've read all year. I read that first page and couldn't put the book down for the rest of the afternoon. What a hidden gem! The cover is pretty enough, but it absolutely does not convey what a touching, heart-rending story this is.

You read that blurb, and you THINK you know what A Long, Long Sleep is going to be about. You THINK you know exactly where the author's going to take this story (at least I thought I did). And then Sh

A heartbreaking psychological drama with traces of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, that goes way beyond the normally used and abused clichés, focusing instead on one girl's psychological path to recovery.

In a way this reminds me of another novel, _ This Is Not A Test_ in the sense that you're expecting something, but in the end, you end up with a completely different tale.

In fact, both these two stories have a somewhat dystopic post-apocalyptic setting, but in the end, what really
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Only $1.99 (8/30) I remember reading this a while ago! Another title to reread :D
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2 Stars/DNF

Well...this was a disappointment. A Long, Long Sleep is a well-known novel, acclaimed by nearly every single one of my most trusted reviewers. Clearly, there is something wrong with me. Although Sheehan's debut has an original premises with a futuristic twist on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, I unfortunately can't claim to be impressed. At all.

At first, it's difficult not to be enamored with this novel. It all starts with Rose waking up after six decades only to find that
This wasn't a bad story. Parts of it were quite enthralling and the mystery kept me captivated for awhile. The problem is that from the synopsis A Long, Long Sleep appears to be sci-fi or possibly even dystopian. However, after completing this novel, it is clear that it really wants to be a romance novel and at best can be labeled sorta sci-fi.

The story begins with sixteen year old Rose emerging from a sixty-two year "stass." Essentially a stass is a way of stopping your body functions without
Once upon a time, there was a television series called Earth 2. It got stuck in a really bad time slot and sadly, lasted only a season. It was about a bunch of people who were colonizing a world in an attempt to heal sick children, but thier ship crashed so they had to do a wagon train to where they were suppose to be. It was actually really good (and not simply because the leader and the only doctor were both women). On E2, there was a character who was over 100 years old but he look 20s-30s be ...more
Brendan was only exploring the hidden subbasement, not realizing what he stumbled upon when he saw the stasis tube flickering light. Trying to swipe of the dust he accidentally pushed the revive sequence, causing Rosalinda Fitzroy to stir, with a slight kiss, she awoken from her stasis, into the future, sixty-two years later....

A Long, Long Sleep is a cleaver inventive sc-fi dystopia read with a neat futuristic concept, mystery and romance.
The writing is well paced and well crafted. The concept
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This book reminded me of a cross between Forever Young and The Terminator. The story basically is about Rose, a girl who wakes up to find that she has been in stasis, a chemically induced coma that keeps your body from aging, for 62 years. Her parents used stasis as a way to keep Rose “calm” when she seemed to be over stimulated and also when they had trips to take that children would not be welcome at. Think about it all the moms out there, would you put your baby in stasis to get that 30 min n ...more
**I read this book for a 2020/21 library challenge, so it is not necessarily be my taste and I may be harsh because it's not my personal preference. Or it could be a total surprise and I ended up really enjoying it.

Rating: 1 star

This book doesn't have any characters. It has empty shells that fill up space. It has place holders for where characters should be. None of these... beings have personality, motives, a shred of originality or a smidgeon of any kind of quality that makes a person a person
Jodi Meadows
I kept seeing this one in those "customers also bought" sections on stores when I made book orders, and every time I looked at the description, I knew I wanted to read it. I'm glad I did. This was a nice -- and different -- take on the Sleeping Beauty tale. I heard there's a companion; I'll definitely investigate! ...more
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Science-fiction is a relatively unexplored genre for YA novels. This, to be honest, is the first one I’ve read because I can’t really remember reading others (I have read real sci-fi books albeit they were for adult readers, so I do have a gauge to base my comparisons on though) for this audience.

If you strictly were looking for excellent world building, you won’t really find it here, which is sort of disappointing. There’s nothing more than a few fancy gadgets, immoral genetic testing, and an
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Long, Long Sleep reached "page turner" status for me. The set up was very intriguing. It reminded me a bit of Beth Revis' Across the Universe. At its core this novel was about something else entirely. (view spoiler) ...more
Dichotomy Girl
Original Review 2/28/2012:

Loved it!

It surprised the heck outta me.

The first 50 or so pages seemed just entertaining, but not necessarily anything special. And then suddenly there was sympathy and depth and layers and I accidentally-on-purpose took an extra long lunch, because I couldn't stand to NOT finish it.

I am so eager to see what happens next. Not only the further development of Rose, but of the other characters. (I so want to be friends with Otto, he would so get me.) There is no sign of
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this on my wishlist since its deal announcement in 2010 (think that was the year). A futuristic involving stasis seemed perfect. Of course, I was more into cryonics, but nevertheless...

Anna Sheehan's A Long, Long Sleep more than lives up to its premise, and is even more awesome than the summary suggests. The world-building is brilliant, the psychology engaging, the plot intriguing...I love it all! What's more, the author makes the science and technology understandable for eejits such as
After alluding to its brilliance so many times in my other reviews, it’s finally time to revisit A Long, Long Sleep, a fairytale retelling that proved to be so much more than it seemed and is now one of my all-time favorite books.

I’ll admit it: when I first heard of this novel, I dismissed it straightaway. I found it on an Epicreads YA Retellings Chart back in 2014, clicked the link, and immediately lost interest the moment I saw words like “stasis tube” and “interplanetary empire.” I’ve never b
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A Long, Long Sleep was a different read. I enjoyed it, but the storyline wasn't a fav. I liked that it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a dystopian/sci-fi twist. It was fun. I didn't like the romance and that it (view spoiler). Overall, an interesting read, but not one I loved. ...more
Sarah Nealy
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ever since I've read the Lunar Chronicles I fell in love with futuristic fairytale retellings, so when a friend told me about a A Long Long Sleep I jumped right in! I'm so glad I did, because this book is so different and so unique from anything I've read before. The only thing it has in common with the Lunar Chronicles is it's set in the future and it's a fairytale retelling. It's completely it's own story! It explores deep isues as well such as neglect and abuse and what happens to the victims ...more
I honestly don't know how I would categorize A Long, Long Sleep beyond a mix of all things good. Dystopian-ish, sci-fi-ish, romantic-ish, mysterisy-ish.

Anna Sheehan painted us a world in a time where the concepts of life are still ultimately the same with the new wave of electronics and communication systems, along with evolving transportation and fad words, in a light which left me truly seeing the slightly foreign world from Rosalinda Fitzroy's eyes. The sci-fi-ish-ness (love that word there?)
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.

It’s certainly been awhile since I’ve cried this hard over a book -- at two different spots, too. Ms. Sheehan, I demand my tears back immediately in an aesthetically pleasing and preferably crystalline container so my future children may have the option of putting it into a Pensieve and learning about all my failures and secret loves and whatnot.

Right, now that that’s over…

Readers looking for a genuine science fiction novel with a complete
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To tell of myself:

As Walt Whitman said, "I am large, I contain multitudes!" The epigraph of every writer, really.

I was conceived in northern Alaska, and was born to a bohemian veterinarian mother in a hospital on the shores of Lake Michigan. I endured numerous hellish years of school, and I can say with reasonable veracity that I have forgiven all my teachers and even the poor children who had to

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