Author: Anna Sheehan
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Release Date: August 9, 2011
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 Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose-- hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire-- is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes-- or be left without any future at all.
WHY I PICKED THIS BOOK UP: I love retellings, and I love Sleeping Beauty, so I thought that this book was a perfect match for me. My first thoughts were that the book was going to be something with a lot of romance and action, and I was partially right. But it shocked me with how much more to it there was than just that.
THE CHARACTERS: I loved the characters in this book, both main and secondary. At first, I wanted to strangle Rose. She was just so weak and had no self-worth, but as the story went on, I realized why she was the way she was after everything she went through before her 62-year sleep. Everything seems to unravel in her life as the story progresses. Then Bren, who at the end of the book has an awesome twist on who he really is, is part of Rose's love interest. He's such a caring guy, and he seemed real; almost like I could meet a guy just like him at school one day. Otto, the blue-skinned UniCorp alien project, is an awesome character and I love how unique he is. Even though he's a secondary character, he plays a great part in this whole book.
THE ROMANCE: All I can say about the romance in this book is heart-felt and makes a bit of twist in the end. I'm not one for spoilers, but the tattered and broken romance that turns into something new makes the story incredibly unique.
THE PLOT: The plot was so unique and I love books with twists and turns and jaw-dropping moments, and this book was not short on any of those. There was romance, action, and Rose's realization of everything that happened to her. While a Plastine was out to kill her, Rose was trying to figure out her life and how to survive just going to school. I could go on and on about why the plot was so great.
ANY OTHER COMMENTS: Well, other than the book being unique, which I've said about 5 times already, I think it's a great book. I was bored with it at first, but I'm glad I stuck this book out because I think I would have regretted it if I didn't. I hated how whiny Rose was, but after being told her life-story then watching her become a strong young woman, I realized why she was so broken. Brava, Anna Sheehan, brava.