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Beauty Sleep

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Who am I? What am I? When am I?

Laura can't remember who she is. But the rest of the world knows. Because Laura is famous - a dying girl who was frozen until she could be cured.
A real-life Sleeping Beauty.

But what happens when you wake up one day and the world has moved on forty years?
Could you build a new life - while solving the mystery of what happened to the old one?

Paperback, 437 pages
Published April 4th 2019 by Usborne Publishing Ltd
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was D A R K.

My Favourite Sci-Fi Tropes and Themes, inspired by Beauty Sleep.
chloe ♡
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
got this at the covent garden waterstones when i was in london last summer and finally had the chance to pick it up today! :D

update: wow this was SO DARK and totally not what i was expecting. not in a bad way though.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it

Vid review available on August, 19th, 2019 here

It would have been a solid 4 or 5 stars if the ending didn't have some things that left you thinking it was impossible no one saw what was going on, and for me it needed a little bit more developing/scientific take on things that were a bit off.

But I loved how I couldn't put the book down and the relationship between Shem and his dog, as it felt VERY real to me and made me think more than once about how I would react
Bookshelf Reader
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book made me laugh and cry in all the right places and when I wasn't reading about it, I would think of its story.

It was wonderful to read, [and re-read, and re-re-read!] it's a true thriller and I wish it would be a movie.
It will keep you up at night, turning its rich pages with a sense of faint horror and glee.

But it's not all horror, it has sadness and joy mixed with pain and wonder, hunger and a thirst for the truth. [and a dash of mystery]
Sean Randall
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I was hooked on this, and as the character's converge the excitement keeps building. A clever, well-paced novel with more of a satisfying ending than kathryn's debut. I even completely missed the big reveal at the end, which in retrospect you'd have to be even blinder than I am to do. Fantastic book, though. Very much enjoyed.
Barbara Band
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another gripping science fi from Kathryn Evan's. Laura and her brother are suffering from a rare cancer with no cure so her mums decide to put both of them into cryogenic sleep until a cure can be found.
Forty years later Laura is revived to discover both her mums and her brother are dead. The only person linked to her past is Stacey, her best friend, but there's an injunction preventing Stacey from getting near Laura.
Laura needs to find out what really happened but who can she believe?
Love the
Renita D'Silva
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Karen Barber
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Laura and her brother are suffering with a particularly rare form of cancer, and they are given the opportunity to trial an experimental treatment. Her last memory is of sticking a picture of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson into a scrapbook. When she next wakes, having been successfully ‘frozen’ until her cancer can be treated, it’s forty years in the future.
The initial focus on Laura waking up was done really well. Her confusion about interacting with the world around her was fascinating to r
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This was completely an impulse buy because of the cover. How could you resist that cover and when I read the plot I was even more intrigued. Sadly, this wasn't as good a read as I hoped it would be.

The plot seems very surface level to me; we've got a young girl who goes to sleep and wakes up 40 years in the future and yet we get very minimal trauma from this and very little time actually watching her adjust to this changing world. There's a lot of focus on the technological advances the world h
Nabila Shaikh
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
"You don't choose your family, you choose your friends - you tie those bonds, you make them matter." "The least we should do is let people who have nothing at all lie on a bit of pavement at night."

I had been looking forward to reading this book for a while. Completed it recently and happy to say it did not disappoint at all.
Beauty Sleep is a dark sci-fi contemporary novel that follows a girl named Laura Henley who is put to sleep cryogenically in 1998 as she has cancer. She wakes up 40 years
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
What would you do when you wake up 40 years in the future? Someone tells you your family died, you are famous for reasons you don't fully understand... That's what had happened to Laura, a real live Sleeping Beauty.
This was a nice and entertaining read. Might not been the 'SciFi thriller' I had hoped for, some things were pretty obvious to me, but I guess it was targeted to a younger audience. Still very enjoyable.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not going to write a long review, I just want to say that, for me, it was that kind of book that you just couldn’t stop reading, but at the same time you don’t want to read it to fast because then you are going to finish it, and you’ll have no more of it.
It was breath taking, and the end was absolutely unexpected.
I honestly really enjoyed this book, and I can’t think of any improvement for it.
Lois (Lois Reads Books)
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4.5 Stars)
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent take from Kathryn Evans! Following her brilliant novel More Of Me, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this.
Laura and her younger brother have a rare and incurable cancer. They are offered a chance to be cryogenically frozen until such a time as they are able to treat and revive them.
40 years have passed by the time Laura is awoken. Her memory returns slowly as she is nursed back to full health, but the modern world is very different to the 1980's she had been growing up in. Th
Rutuja Ramteke
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
💜Beauty Sleep By Kathryn Evans💜
Laura is dying. Her last desperate hope is to be frozen until she can be cured. But what happens when you wake up one day and the world has moved on forty years? Your best friend is middle-aged, your parents are presumed dead.
📚So basically, this is a story of Laura who is unfortunately diagnosed by incurable cancer. Not only Laura but her brother too is suffering from this incurable disease where their death is certain. But, in Laura's case she has to be frozen t
Eileen S.
Beauty sleep or Sleeping beauty

I was immediately intrigued by the title and the synopsis of the book. But I have to say it kind of disappointed me.

First of all, when I started reading it was from the point of view of Laura. She’s our protagonist of the story. So it seems logical for it to be form her standpoint. But suddenly when chapter three comes around we meet another character that goes by the name Chem. I was so confused about what he was doing in the story. It made absolutely no sense.

Jun 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Interesting concept, a little boring and drawn out, easily skimmable. Figured out everything from the beginning, and I didn’t like the dual POV but it was decent.
Alma Becker
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not surprised, I saw it coming. But nicely written.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked this take on "Sleeping Beauty", which is NOT a retelling. Tehre was a lot of 1980's memories and also some interesting futuristic ideas. I enjoyed the book, but it was predictable in a lot of things (like Shem's first chapter (view spoiler)). I did like the concept of the new "slate" (phone) and how
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: en, owned, read-in-2k19
This was, y'know, decent, but not as good as "Sleeping Beauty gets a Black Mirror-style twist" made it sound tbh... Or maybe that's just me? I was talking to my mom the other day about predictability in movies (the subject of this discussion was a not so good movie we saw in the cinema) and how it partially ruined our enjoyment because you could almost tell from the start what was going on. To me, this book falls in the same category, especially if I know it's going to be a Black Mirror-style bo ...more
Dominika Mazur
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2019-done
Dark futuristic yet so darn contemporary

This book is phenomenal! I absolutely loved and lived through every single second of it. I found Laura to be extremely likeable! She starts off as a very confused character introduced to a different world and she has to choose whether or not she wants to find out the truth or live in blissful ignorance. I found this story enchanting and horrific and I feel like a part of me is still in this universe that Evans has created. Such a great and interesting read
I knew what I wanted this book to be, & it turned out to be something completely different but it was still bloody brilliant & I loved it. Beauty Sleep had me questioning everyone’s motives from the get go & it was so addictive that I missed A LOT of sleep to read it. I am truly obsessed with this story & would love a sequel, even though the story ended so well.

I was sent this book by Usborne Publishing in return for an honest review

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Q&A with Kathryn Evan
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beauty Sleep is one of those stories where you get sucked into it good and proper, and you must keep going until you reach the end! In it, we meet Laura, the sufferer of a "rare cancer" that saw her put into cryogenic stasis, then woken up 40 years later after being cured. The world around her has changed and moved on, and Laura sticks out like a sore thumb. Her fame combined with today's fast-paced world of social media, the internet, and smart devices, Laura is struggling to find the privacy t ...more
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Disclaimer: A physical copy was provided via UsBorne YAin exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

Beauty Sleep is my introduction to Kathryn Evans; but it was an introduction that definitely made an impact on me.

The book is told in two different POVs – Laura + Shem
and works seamlessly between both the POVs for an amazing reading experience

It’s the 1980s – Laura and her
Nancy H
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although I am considerably older than the target age for this Young Adult (YA) novel, I found it an intriguing and gripping read. I was already a fan of Kathryn Evans' debut novel More of Me, a unique tale of family and regeneration. Here in her second book, Beauty Sleep, she takes regeneration to a whole other level as she writes about Laura's coming back to life after 40 years of the frozen "sleep" of cryopreservation. She also continues to explore ideas of family and friendship: parental care ...more
Narita Derks
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I initially wasn’t really sure I’d love this book, but I did.

Did I initially pick it up because it has a holographic cover? Yes, I did. Of course I did.

It did not disappoint.

Laura and her five year old brother Alfie were cryogenically frozen in the eighties after exhausting all possible treatments for the cancer they were suffering from, and Laura is revived in the late twenties. As she medically recovers and slowly adjusts to life in the 21st century, she finds out that she’s mostly on her ow
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was ok

Sooo. How do I start..
The character development was bad. I couldn't connect with Laura (the absence of her character!). Nor could I with Shem. I was frustrated with them at times. The only character I enjoyed was Susan, she was great.
The story itself was very interesting and could've been captivating; however, it was poorly written. I knew how it was supposed to make me feel, but altogether I didn't have those feelings. The writing did not deliver them to me. I was put off by the lack of desc
Amber Davis
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Giving this 3 stars instead of the 2 stars I was planning to give it because I liked the chapters from Shem's point of view. His story is more unique and less easy to predict, and he is a better narrator. However, Laura... Jeez! Such a weak protagonist. Granted she's gone through a lot but then if that's the angle, the book should have gone deeper into grieving and loss. Her chapters share way too many random details (ie. They type of juices she is drinking - who cares!!) but missed out on the r ...more
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