Rosalinda Fitzroy is woken from a 62 year slumber by a kiss, but the world she knew is completely changed. She missed the Dark Times that killed millions and is a world completely changed by technology and aliens walk amongst us. Maybe the greatest change is that her parents are dead and her inheritance includes control over an interplanetary empire making her the most powerful person on the planet, but Rose just wants to finish high school. All this is becomes even more difficult when a plastic robot assassin comes to kill her, forcing her to face her past once and for all.
This is a crazy blend of fairy tale, post-dystopia (because the future Rose wakes up in is AFTER the dystopia), and family drama. What’s crazier is that it all mixes really well. Rose is beaten down, defeated, self loathing, and terrified. This makes it hard to like her or want to follow her tale, but if you stick with her you won’t regret it. As the story progresses and we learn her past, her character makes a lot more sense and becomes a lot more sympathetic. What works best is that Sheehan has built a very interesting future world with danger, romance, and amazing technology, but it’s the human relationships that end up being the most interesting. This is a very promising first novel and I’d love to see what other stories Sheehan has in her.