Orleans by Sherri L Smith
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 7th 2013
by Putnam Juvenile
First came the storms.
Then came the Fever.
And the Wall.
After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.
Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.
Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
This book was so intense. It grabbed me the minute I opened it. When I first opened the ARC, a paper fell out so I started reading. It was a blurb about Hurricane Katrina and all the damage it did. What people went through. When I finished, I was flabbergasted. FEMA didn't come around to help residents as they promised and residents had to fend for themselves. When I finished, I felt such sadness. And to make matters even worse, the blurb I read was the author's actual experience with Hurricane Katrina. The horror her and her mom went through. No wonder she was able to write such a great book.
In Orleans, in this world, people live in tribes. But not your typical tribes. These tribes are made of blood types. A, B, AB, O positives & negatives. And these tribes are lethal. They'll scalp you for your blood, especially if you're an O-Negative blood type. O-Negative is a universal blood type where in this world has strong resistance to the Delta Fever. So tribes in Orleans are very scandalous and very brutal. Survival and leadership is their only goal.
Can you imagine being a teenage girl, in a world where you fear for your safety because of the blood you carry? Well that's what Fen's life is like. Fen is an amazing protagonist. She's strong and very level headed. She doesn't let situations get the best of her. With a baby strapped on to her chest, she travels through Orleans in search of what's best for the baby. Through out her travels she comes across Daniel. A scientist who is at the verge of a breakthrough to find the cure for Delta Fever. Together they travel through the different areas of Orleans and wade through their brutal waters. Their goals are different but surviving is what brings them together.
Orleans is a very brutal place, I wouldn't survive it at all. This story sucked me in and wouldn't release me until I finished it. Orleans is definitely a 5 stars read. I'm not sure if it has a sequel but the way it ended, it left me wanting more. Orleans is a definite Good Choice for Reading!