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 existance, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes — or be left without any future at all.
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Abusive Parents: Rose's parents made a habit of putting her into stasis whenever she annoyed them, under the guise of "protecting her" from her own "high-strung" nature. They kept her ignorant by transferring her between schools, belittled her at every turn, ordered her to break up with her boyfriend and give up a hard-earned art scholarship, and programmed a freaking zombie robot to collect her and, failing that, kill her, in the event of her leaving home.
After the End: While Rose was in stasis, humanity suffered a massive plague and economic depression known as the Dark Times.
Ethnic Menial Labor: Not the dark-skinned sort, though. The Fitzroys had a Swedish housekeeper named Asa.
Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Everything sounds scarier in German, which is why the Plastine has a German accent. Justified in-universe since the factory that makes them is in Germany.
Evil Corporation: Uni Corp, Rose's parents' company, which runs practically the entire solar system, owns sentient life forms as property (Otto and his family), creates artificial islands with no regard to environmental damage, and more.
Mayfly-December Romance: An odd variation. Rose and Xavier met when she was seven and he was a baby, but due to her many periods in stasis, he slowly caught up with her in age and they became lovers. When he turns out to be Bren's grandfather in the presen, Rose is initially horrified, but with a bit of readjustment, their friendship continues.
Papa Wolf: Bren's grandfather is very protective of family and friends, including Rose.
Parental Abandonment: When the Dark Times ended, the Fitzroys neglected to take Rose out of stasis, then died in a helicopter crash. If Bren hadn't found her by accident, she might never have woken up.
Rejected Declaration Of Love: Bren is mildly horrified to discover Rose's cruch on him, since her taciturn behavior makes her completely unreadable to him. Later as he warms up to her, he admits that her emotional issues scare him, and that he doesn't feel capable of being what she needs.
Replacement Love Interest: Rose admits to herself that Bren reminds her of Xavier, and that sometimes she can't even tell which one she wants.
Say My Name: Reginald Guillory, the leader of Uni Corp, tries to get Rose to call him Reggie. She can't.