Rating: 5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Anyone who ever read a Bradbury story and thought it was awesome
High point: The combination of emotion and science fiction
Low point: Nothing, nothing at all
Reader maturity: 13+
If you love novels that make you think, novels that make you want to cry (just a little) for the main character and novels that have fantasy and action and sci-fi stuff, then you should definitely pick up A Long, Long Sleep.
From the blurb on the back cover, I didn't think I was going to be particularly rah-rah about it, but once I started reading...wow. It reeled me in with the 2nd paragraph and never let go.
A Long, Long Sleep is, among other things, emotionally intense, which is unusual for a science fiction-y novel, but I love the pairing of deep thought with the clinical cold of technology. Most of the book deals with Rose trying to figure out her place in a new world, 62 years after she left hers, but it's so much more than that. A Long, Long Sleep presents several ethical dilemmas, from the technology that got Rose where she is today to genetic research on aliens. One of my favorite topics that was tackled in this novel was Rose's self-esteem and the line between selfishness and self-preservation. It's presented in a very organic manner, and I didn't realize it was a plot point until the very end.
Speaking of plot points, I love a novel that keeps me guessing and surprises me along the way (as long as the surprise is believable, of course). A Long, Long Sleep delivered more than once! I just knew I had figured out who had sent the Plastine assassin (which I won't explain more because I don't want to spoil anything), and I turned out to be totally wrong. Once the real programmer was exposed, I was completely shocked! It changed the way I saw the first 90% of the novel, which was really cool since I was thinking one thing looking forward and another looking back.
A Long, Long Sleep is one of those rare novels that achieves perfection in writing and form, and I can't recommend it strongly enough!
Title: A Long, Long Sleep
Author: Anna Sheehan
Genre: Fiction - Science Fiction, Fantasy
Book Source: Received for review from Candlewick Press
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