“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Goodreads -YA – August 9, 2011 by Candlewick

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 sub-basement, 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 dead, 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.

I spotted this cover over on Tez Says and was intrigued – and then I read the summary and thought “OMG I MUST READ THAT”. I am not at all a fan of the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, but this this this…. just sounds fantastic. It’s the friggin’ sci-fi version of the tale! Goodbye castles and kingdoms, hello interplanetary empires. This is Sheehan’s debut novel, and I adore her explanation of the premise:

“I always thought the interesting thing about Sleeping Beauty wasn’t why she was put to sleep, but what she had to come to terms with afterward. Everything would have changed radically – technology and politics as well as social structure. She would have seemed like a foreigner in her own country.”

Apparently, this book is already available on Netgalley… just sayin’.

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