A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan. Book review

A LONG LONG SLEEP by Anna Sheehan. Gollancz £9.99

Reviewed by Rhian Bowley

In the future Sleeping Beauty wakes up, leaves her stasis chamber and tries to piece together how she was left alone for 60 years. She is now the sole heiress to a massive interplanetary corporation and has celebrity status. But high school is difficult for the best of us, let alone arty quiet types trying to catch up with decades of loss and change. Rose mourns for her family and boyfriend, presumably killed in the Dark Times while she was asleep, and tries to understand the responsibility and danger her new fortune brings.

This book starts slowly but the tension rises through dark hints and slow reveals, until it’s one a.m. and you can’t stop reading because you have to get to the end. There’s a lot to like here – a time travel love affair, instant messaging with alien clones, Terminator-esque baddies and a chillingly realistic vision of the future. Well written, clever and absorbing, this is aimed at the YA market, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to grown-ups too.

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