I’m writing this review, very excitedly, literally minutes after finishing the book – & I loved loved loved it!!! The book wasn’t what I was expecting, but it still blew me away & I was hooked from the very first page. Beauty Sleep is a phenomenal story & Kathryn’s first book is going straight onto my wishlist!
I was sent this book by Usborne Publishing in return for an honest review.
⚠️ Content warnings are at the bottom of my review
to avoid spoiling it for anyone who doesn’t want the warning ⚠️
Wow. This. Book.
Beauty Sleep tells the story of a teenage girl who is put into a medical coma as she has incurable cancer… but this isn’t just any coma, it’s one that involves freezing Laura’s body – & her little brother’s – until the day when a cure for their disease is found. Laura wakes up 40 years later, confused, scared & missing a lot of memories. Her cancer is gone, but so is her family.
My interest in Beauty Sleep came from the idea of being put to sleep until a cure for an incurable condition can be found; as someone with an incurable degenerative disease, this was something that completely absorbed me & I just knew I needed this book. It’s also a topic that in some ways feels very close to becoming possible, making it even more intriguing. Admittedly, part of me was anxious, scared that the book may be full of ableism in a “oh you’re cured, so you’re a better person who deserves more” kinda-way, but I was still desperate to read it, so when Stevie from Usborne agreed to send me a copy, I squealed with excitement.
Thankfully, I absolutely loved this book & there was no ableism at all & I am so grateful for that – on top of the cancer aspect, there’s also extra medical representation, with a character that is missing part of one of their arms. Some of you may know that I’ve been having problems with using one of my arms recently, something connected to my earlier-mentioned disability, so having something similar pop up in the book was a little spooky – but it was also comforting & Kathryn tackled it with care & respect. Thank you Kathryn.
I want to be really careful with this review because I don’t want to give anything away, but what I will say is that this book had me questioning the intentions of every single character throughout the entire book; I had suspicions & questions about everything from very early on in the book, & I’m proud to say some of my suspicions were correct *fist pump*. Beauty Sleep really did keep me on the edge of my seat, & to quote one of my whilst-reading tweets, I missed out on my own beauty sleep to read Kathryn’s Beauty Sleep… I’m off work at the moment (because of my nuisance arm) & have been hating it, but being able to read this book as quickly as I did has made it a bit easier to be sat at home instead of at work.
Usually I stick to fantasy instead of science-fiction, but I’m glad I dived into this story & it’s now down as one of my favourite reads of 2019, & I’ll definitely be reading more of Kathryn’s work in the future. If you love a book that has you questioning everything & leaves you hanging off the edge of your seat then Beauty Sleep is absolutely for you. Grab a copy using the links below:
Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com | Book Depository | Waterstones | Wordery
⚠️ This book contains discussions of scientific testing on
animals, & scenes of testing on unwilling children ⚠️
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