In a way, A Long, Long Sleep reminds me of this year’s bestselling debut Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Both books begin with a character in stasis. In Sheehan’s novel, the sci-fi novel is spun together with the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. It’s about a sixteen-year-old named Rose who has been stassed for over sixty years and wakes up in a much-changed future, scared and alone. She goes through a lot of heartbreak and hardships, enduring more than most YA characters ever encounter. The merging of two completely different ideas is foreign, yet “right.” This is one book that will get people talking!
Right away, we know this is going to be based on a fairy tale…but not in a way anyone else has done before…
…When the electric-blue seascape I was trying to hold on to was interrupted, not by a hand but by the feeling of lips on mine, I was startled. I sucked in a breath through my nose and sat bolt upright, knocking my head against my supposed rescuer. I couldn’t see. Everything was dark and painful, as if I had just opened my eyes into a bright light after days in the dark.
–pg 9 (Which is really pg 1 after the Contents, etc.)
-All pages from nook edition of e-arc; changes may be made before book launches in print
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