Series: UniCorp #1
Published by Candlewick Press on August 9th, 2011
Genres: Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
A Long, Long Sleep, I don’t know how to feel about you. I feel like we maybe got off on the wrong foot, because I was expecting to be blown away by your awesomeness. With the promise of a sci-fi fairytale retelling, my mind screamed, “CINDER! MORE OF THAT OMG YES PLEASE!” But you’re not like that at all. You’re much more subtle and laid back.
Rose, our Sleeping Beauty, wasn’t the easiest character to connect to. We didn’t get off to a good start. She was rather bland and sheltered, and I just wished that she would get up and be awesome and kick ass. Well… that’s not who she is. I set my standards a bit high for female characters nowadays, so that was a bit disappointing. Rose has massively low self-esteem, puts herself down constantly, and frequently runs away when things get too hard or complicated. At this point, I thought, “Why in the world did everyone like this so much? Ugh.” But then, later on in the book, there was a rather big reveal and plot twist about her back story and… oh god guys. Though I didn’t feel anything for her before that, I couldn’t help but sympathize. But though I sympathized with her, I still didn’t feel a big connection to her. While I understood why she was the way she was, I still wished for a bit… more. Maybe I needed to see more character growth from her.
While I definitely liked the sci-fi elements and how the world had developed while Rose was in stasis, I felt like the world building barely scratched the surface. It just wasn’t fleshed out well enough for me to truly love it. There was so much potential there, and I really wanted to know more about devices, technologies, the government, everything… and it was briefly touched on, but not enough for me.
Also, with the label of fairytale retelling, I kind of expected more from the romance. With the flashbacks and dreams, I did love the story that formed around Rose and Xavier. However, that relationship already ended so… yeah. Bren was weird to me, but I kind of like the growth that Rose goes through in confronting her feelings for him. Otto was absolutely adorable. I need more Otto in my life. But I just expected a way different romance – in that I actually expected there to be a romance. But there wasn’t… not really. This book has thrown me for a loop, and I just don’t know what to feel about it.