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Retro Reading: Son of Rosemary by Ira Levin


Prior to the official sequel to Rosemary's Baby, there was an unofficial sequel to the movie in 1976 titled Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby, but this novel is really the official sequel.

For twenty seven years, Rosemary Woodhouse has been in a coma and November 9, 1999, she wakes up immediately following the death of Dr. Stanley Shand.

When Rosemary wakes up, she's greeted by a nurse who's wearing an I (heart) Andy button. Soon, Rosemary sees plenty of the buttons.

The attending doctor calls her "Miss Fountain" and she tells him that the last name is wrong and soon learns that she's been in the coma for nearly three decades. She also realizes that the coven has raised Andy.

After seeing the many buttons, she asks a counselor at the hospital about Andy and is told that "he's the most beautiful, charismatic man on the face of the earth" and that he's the founder of GC (God's Children). His goal is to bring peace to the world and with 2000 right around the corner, he's planning a big Lighting ceremony.

Rosemary, in her own right, has become a celebrity due to her waking up from her coma, and on a live talk show, she tells the host that Andy is her son and after a commercial break, she hears from him and the two meet after the show.

She becomes the toast of the world and after hearing Andy's story (he's all for good and rejects his father's claims on him) she becomes more involved with GC.

While the world is embracing Andy, those who don't have been outspoken in saying that he's the Devil and try to stop him with his Lighting plans for New Year's Eve. At 7:00 p.m. (Greenwich Time) on New Year's Eve, everyone in the world is to light special candles in an effort of peace and harmony.

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Rosemary is still unsure of what's going to happen and starts to do a little investigating on her own and comes up with nothing, as Andy's inner circle is breeched.

But Rosemary does come closer to the truth and now she has to stop the planned Lighting ceremony.

Okay, so the sequel is good and it's a definite page turner (I read it in one day) and in hindsight, it's kind of funny that a lot of the Y2K hysteria isn't in the book.

However, I was very, very disappointed in the ending and I'm sure you'll be as well.


Eric Tuchelske (author) from Detroit on May 13, 2021:

I was really disappointed in how this book ended, but prior to the ending, it was really good.

Lady Dazy from UK on May 13, 2021:

I have seen the film of Rosemary`s Baby and I found it scary at the time.

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