Awoken by a kiss after 62 years in stasis, Rosalinda Fitzroy finds herself in a post-apocalyptic future world where she is 1) rich as hell 2) considered a freak and 3) hunted by a bot that wants to terminate her once and for all.
I’m a total sucker for fairy-tale/sci-fi mash-ups (BEAUTY by Sheri Tepper is one of my favorite novels of all time) and A LONG, LONG SLEEP twists the sleeping beauty myth in a creative, exciting way that explores bad parenting, the nature of humanity and the enduring power of love.
One of the reasons why I am including this novel in Dystopian August is of course the fact that the current society portrayed arose after “the dark times”, a period of war, disease and all that bad stuff. But another reason is that Rosalinda’s family situation is so seriously screwed up, I’d classify it as dystopian (if limited in nature).
Despite often acting incredibly childish and complaining about being stupid, Rosalinda had my sympathy. My favorite parts were her flashbacks of life before, when she slowly fell in love with her neighbor Xavier. Their interactions were so realistic and sweet, effectively grounding the more fantastical elements of the plot. And though I did like the subplot involving a alien that Rosalinda’s company owns, I groaned whenever they “chatted” via instant message.
A LONG, LONG SLEEP is messy in parts (and really creeped me out at the end), but it’s ambitious and heartbreaking and exciting. It comes out today. Find out more about it at the author’s website.
Zombie chickens say: Stasis may suck but reading about it rocks! Highly recommended.
Song for the Ultimate Dystopian Playlist: Monday Morning by Death Cab for Cutie. Sample lyrics: “She may be young, but she only likes old things.” (Tee hee – no kidding!) “The night is gonna fall, the vultures will surround you. What you see is going to astound you.”