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.
Wow! Not very often a book floors me like this one did. I actually feel emotionally and physically drained. I had to stay up until the early hours of the morning to finish it. Then it bugged me in my dreams.......
I loved the whole idea about the book; the tale of sleeping beauty with a twist. A futuristic Sleeping Beauty awakening 62 years later – still at the age of 16 – from a chemically induced sleep. The life she knew before......... all gone.
I felt a real connection with the story and the characters. The main character was so sweet and humble that I could feel my heart go out to her. Some of the actions of her parents were so shocking at times. I really fell in love with some of the characters, especially Otto.
I highly recommend reading this book. For me it ticked all the right boxes and I was really sad to finish it. I feel a bit bereft and haven’t been able to choose my next book yet. Not many books have had this effect on me. I had to check out the author to see if there was a book 2 waiting to come out. Sadly I couldn’t see one
This book is one of my top ten books of the year.
Cover: 5/5 - This cover is so eye catching, I love the colour scheme and also the flower border around the outside. Makes you think of Sleeping Beauty with the rose briars.
Story: 5/5 - This was fantastic! I loved this book so much :)