As a fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty always weirded me out. A strange guy climbs into my bedroom and wakes me up with a kiss? After which I decide to run away with him and live happily ever after? No way. I would have some questions for this guy. How long exactly have you been watching me sleep? Who told you about me? Did you know the kiss was going to wake me up, or are you just a perv? Why did you kiss a girl who hasn’t brushed her teeth or bathed in 100 years? Just basic things I would need to know before running off with my supposed hero to his castle. When it came to my attention that there was a modern retelling of the story, I was of course skeptical. I really could not see how you could modernize a tale that felt so thoroughly stuck in the past. Lo and behold it is possible, but with a spin that one would never expect.
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan is the modern retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale with a wonderful twist. Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep of sixty-two years, locked away in a chemically induced slumber in a stasis tube. Talk about an awesome premise for a fairy tale retelling. She slept through events that killed millions and radically altered the world in which she now lives. In this strange new world, she is the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire. Because in this brave new world, we have gone and colonized other planets and now freely roam all over the galaxy. Most people in this new world don’t know what to do with Rosalinda, and some heads of the corporation would rather she disappear. Now Rosalinda has to navigate this new world with the help of her savior, Bren, and a unique individual by the name of Otto. Will she ever figure out how to fit in, or will the forces that kept her in stasis stop at nothing to have her back?