|Cover art from Candlewick Press|
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.--From the publisher blurb.
I never judge a book by its cover, but I do make some estimations about how the story will play out based on the colors and images. It's a rose, with pretty sky blue colored lettering. Yes, the thorns are obvious on the rose bush, but heck, you'd expect adapting to a completely new life after 60 years to be a little thorny. All in all, I expected if not a happy read, at least a pleasant one overall.
It's so much darker than that. Rosalinda learns the truth about herself, her world, her loved ones. There is so much she never knew.
Odd book, that did leave me a little disturbed at the end. But in a good way, a thinking about the story way. Definitely one I'll recommend.
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