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Orleans ❮KINDLE❯ ✿ Orleans Author Sherri L. Smith – First came the stormsThen came the FeverAnd the WallAfter a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever the Gulf Coast has been uarantined Years later residents of the Outer First came the stormsThen came the FeverAnd the WallAfter a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever the Gulf Coast has been uarantined 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 bornFen 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 survivalSherri 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.

10 thoughts on “Orleans

  1. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:

    Mini review Excellent world building and no romance Full ReviewGiven the onslaught of dystopian and post apocalyptic fiction knowing which authors have simply hopped the trend bandwagon heading to Fametown and which just had a story to tell that happened to fall into the genre can be incredibly difficult They've all got or less visually arresting covers and a whole lot of marketing to convince you that this one will be the real deal Well my friends Sherri L Smith has most definitely not written this book in a bid to earn readers by writing for a popular genre Where the most popular of this sub genre these days focus on romance Orleans pays attention to world building above all elseObviously I really really love dystopian and post apocalyptic fiction otherwise I wouldn't read as much of it as I do However I go into this endeavor well aware of the weaknesses of such novels More often than not the world building receives minor attention taking a backseat to either mindless action or star crossed romance Sometimes the author does not even offer the slightest hint of how the world evolved into its current stateIn Orleans Smith starts the reader off with explanations a detailing of how the Gulf coast went down the shitter and got uarantined from the United States after a series of devastating hurricanes that resulted in an even disastrous disease The individuals still living in Orleans having dropped the new as they're nothing new and shiny about this place any live a very different life than the one we know The bulk of the population lives in tribes organized by blood type as the disease affects the different blood types in varying strengths Those with AB blood are most affected but as a result they are most to be feared since they will attack the other types to take their blood which helps stave off the illness From the very beginning Smith starts building her world and she does not stop until the end and y'all her world is creepyOn top of the completely stellar world building Orleans earns so much respect from me for being diverse People of every race run around Orleans and for the most part skin color and heritage do not matter any ; now blood type does The heroine Fen de la Guerre is dark skinned but honestly I'm not completely sure what her race is; what I do know is that she's non white and so are most of the people running around this book Also the cover matches this book perfectly down to the way her hair's piled on top of her headFen really does make a marvelous heroine in that she looks out for herself and does whatever she needs to do to survive In a lot of survival situations in novels the heroine's always trying to save everyone and sacrifice herself but that rarely strikes me as a realistic Fen has one person she really cared about and would have died to protect but that person dies in childbirth in the beginning asking Fen to take care of her child Even with this promise in place Fen considers abandoning the baby at a couple of points to save herself Later when she meets a wandering scientist Daniel she only helps him to help herself Her character arc does change a bit but mostly she's a hardened warrior who has been through the worst and does not want to go backThe downside for me was that I never felt any connection to the characters While interesting Fen closes herself off to everyone including the reader Despite her sections being told in first person I really just didn't have a handle on who she was besides a survivor which while utterly believable on the one hand kept me from engaging completely Though his sections were in third person Daniel was still approachable but he's so useless in Orleans that I didn't feel much for him either Also I'm generally not a fan of multiple points of view when they're not all in either first or third person The switches between first and third person narration in general and here specifically catch me off guard especially once Daniel and Fen are in the same placeOther factors worth noting are the writing style and the romance For the former be warned that Orleans is written with uite a bit of dialect as Fen speaks and thinks that way Her dialect however is uite mild mostly consisting of the use of 'be' in place of 'are' Though I'm really not a fan of dialect this did not bother me To the latter point there is no romance None If you like post apocalyptics for romance you'll want to be passing by this one As for the rest of us Orleans serves as a lovely break from the monotony of instaloveReaders who have mostly given up on post apocalyptics because you're sick of all of the sappy romances and pathetic attempts at world building Orleans will restore just a little bit of your faith in the genre

  2. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    'The shape of our great nation has been altered irrevocably by Nature and now Man must follow suit in order to protect the inalienable rights of the majority those being the right to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness the foremost of those being Life'After Hurricane Katrina ripped through the South six Hurricanes followed each powerful than the last Hurricane Jesus hit in 2019 and left the South changed irrevocably Not only did it come bearing death and devastation but a new sickness as well Delta Fever Everyone in the affected areas became infected and The Blood Rules were formed Types AB B and ANeed to stay awayFrom O and from each otherPlus from minus sister from brotherO positive can feedAll positives in need But O neg is the oneFor all tribes beneath the sunA new form of racism grew from the sickness as skin color no longer mattered it became all about what blood type you were AB's reuired constant blood transfusions in order to keep the fever at bay O positives were constantly being hunted and thrown into the blood farms and it became survival of the fittest for all 'My name is Fen de la Guerre I am an O Positive I'ma find a tribe or let the swamp take me But one thing for sure I ain't never gonna cry again'Orleans is told from the point of view of Fen de la Guerre a fifteen year old girl that has had to adapt to survive in this treacherous world that is the only one she's ever known When her tribe's chieftain dies in childbirth Fen vows to honor her dying wish to give the baby a better life Fen struggles to keep the baby healthy and Fever free so that she can give her a better life over the Wall She encounters a scientist that risked exposure to study the Fever in hopes of discovering a cure who ends up being a huge asset to her and the babyThe medical detailing throughout the book felt well researched and certainly explained a lot but there was still a lot left unsaid I attribute this to the fact that neither of the two narrators Fen and Daniel had all the answers and they were trying to understand it all too For that reason I think details were left intentionally vague because even by the end you still didn't have all the answersThis was an intense realistic story of survival in the bleakest of worlds Fen was an amazing narrator full of strength and perseverance Her story of survival in her earlier years is told in bits and pieces and it's certainly heartbreaking the things she experienced The bit I loved most was that there was not a single drop of romance anywhere within these pages uite rare indeed The bit that I didn't like as much was the dialect Fen uses which she refers to as 'talking tribe' was extremely hard to get used to Reminiscent of the dialect used in 'Blood Red Road' this one definitely takes some patience but there ends up being a reason behind this that you find out laterOrleans is a very mature and gritty read that I think would be better read by an older YA reader even though it's tagged as okay for 12 readers There were some very brutal aspects of the story that I felt would be inappropriate for a reader that young ie rape and other forms of violence This is one of those instances where I feel the book is tagged as YA but for no other reason but because the main character is a teenThe ending didn't leave off with a cliffhanger as I don't believe this is an intended first in a series but it's definitely an ending that left you with uestions as to what comes next Orleans is an extremely captivating and entrancing read that fans of the dystopian genre will likely enjoy

  3. carol. carol. says:

    Sometimes I'll start a book set it down and later come back That doesn't happen often and Orleans was not one of those books that leapt the interest divideThe beginning was promising with a complex relationship between the female narrator Fen de la Guerre really??? and the pregnant leader of her blood type tribe Lydia I found that to be a fascinatingly ambiguous relationship and learning about how blood types determined alliances was vaguely interesting However I started to lose interest when it went Lord o Fliesprotect my baby and interest was fully killed off when we went to the viewpoint of Daniel a scientist from outside Orleans researching the blood disease I even tried skimming but plotting was too meh Perhaps it is genre incompatibility between myself and YAFound through nomination thread in a book group which just goes to show you And despite the blurb I would never use expertly crafted to describe this book A pastiche of world building styles in the beginning uickly settles down into save the baby plotting Really? Must we continue to fetishize birth and babies? I'm so over the tropey symbolism In the beginning there's a timeline official documents in constitution style about declaration of uarantine and lots of pretty type set with attractive pictures of water to orient us to Orleans' desolation not a bad techniue if you want to appeal to multi click readers Fen talks in dialect a techniue that is rarely used well or to my enjoyment Opening line of After The Tribe There be seagulls catching the breeze overhead I like the jumbled grammar of the unstable narrator in the Matthew Swift books; here it provides a contrast between Fen and Daniel but otherwise mostly annoys That's a personal style incompatibility however so don't let that stop a read But Thematically it feels like it is heading to an allegory for skin colordisease status HIV? etc but I'm having a hard time staying interested Or caring Seems fairly simplistic Imagine The Walking Dead with Lilith Rick's baby as the main character and you about have it It's unlikely I'll pick this one up again

  4. Willow Willow says:

    I think Sherri Smith writes extremely well She has a beautiful way of describing places that are evocative and visceral Her half sunken swampy ‘Orleans’ is ghoulish and macabre two things I love So are the blood thirsty inhabitants of 'Orleans' Her world is well thought out and very dangerous When I first got this book I fell in love with cover and what’s really cool Smith’s world is even vibrant and nuanced than the picture Smith captures this spooky New Orleans and its people so well it sparked my imagination I have nothing but praise for the world building I also loved the scrappy cynical character of Fen de la Guerre Fen speaks in first person with a distinct dialogue which brings her to life ”Man you a bigger baby than this little girl in my arms” she tells scientist Daniel and she means it And what’s really great Smith didn’t use any annoying phonetic spelling to make this happen either Yay So why am I not giving this five stars? I had to really think about that because I admired this book Yet I was also able to set it down and leave it for days I wasn’t as drawn in and compelled by the story and the characters as I think I should have beenI decided the problem was the meandering plot Most of the story is Fen and Daniel wandering through this creepy Orleans There’s no mystery no desperate urgency to get to a place in a certain specified matter of time no evil villain hot on their trail trying to catch them and no romance In fact I’m not uite sure what the story was meant to be It’s dark and has an ending that is like a kick to the gut but I’m not sure I felt the full impact of that kick Usually a book like this has a specific premise but I don’t know what it is But I feel like when I finished this it should have resonated As much as I loved Fen and her distinctive voice I’m not sure I was completely drawn into her pain And Daniel is a bland and washed out character next to the powerful Fen In the end I recommend this book because the world building is phenomenal But I also wish it had been focused and as always I wish there was some romance

  5. TheBookSmugglers TheBookSmugglers says:

    Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersTrigger Warning RapeReview Words like gritty and powerful are thrown around so freuently especially in describing the new wave of post apocalyptic and dystopian fare that they've lost their significance But at the risk of sounding cliche I will say it because if ever a title deserved these words it is this book Orleans is gritty It is real And it is powerful In 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall killing 971 people Over the next fifteen years hurricanes continue to batter the Mississippi River delta culminating with Hurricane Jesus on October 20 2019 Jesus is a system of unprecedented size and intensity and kills an estimated 8000 people after making landfall leaving fewer than 10000 survivors in its wake Those that do survive face other horrors deadly debris a lack of basic necessities like clean water and food and subseuent violent crime And then the Delta Fever A powerful bloodborne virus Delta Fever infects and spreads without discrimination Refugees that are evacuated from Nola and the surrounding regions bring the fever with them causing an epidemic the likes of which haven't been seen since the Spanish Flu a century earlier In response the government walls off the waterlogged infected states of Louisiana Alabama Florida Georgia and Texas A permanent uarantine is put into effect until such time as a cure is found and these states are no longer a part of the country And in this new wild world of infection and death Orleans is born Fen de la Guerre is one of Orleans' children fierce and hardened Fen has grown up in the Delta and knows its rules and lessons all too well An OP that is O positive blood type like the rest of her tribe and others of the O phenotype Fen is a carrier of the Fever but isn't affected by the disease And like her fellow O types this means that she faces incredible danger the other As Bs and ABs contract the Fever and deteriorate uickly unless they receive fresh infusions of blood from universal donors and they hunt farm and bleed Os in their desperation It is this desperation that wipes out Fen's tribe of OPs leaving Fen on the run with her beloved friend's newborn child Fen knows too well the horrors that could befall an orphan in Orleans and vows to keep the child alive and get her to the Outer States beyond the uarantine wall before the baby becomes infected with Delta Fever On this mission Fen's path crosses with an outsider an idealist and doctor whose research could mean the Delta Fever's cure or its weaponizationI admit that I was drawn to this book in part because it sounded reminiscent of one of my favorite films of last year the resonant indie hit Beasts of the Southern Wild Beyond similarities in premise and setting this book is also reminiscent of that film in terms of scope and raw emotional power Like Beasts Orleans has the same intensity and heartbreak; the same type of fierce courageous heroine But Orleans is undoubtedly a darker animal than that filmThe newest novel from Sherri L Smith Orleans is as I've said before a powerful book It's a frightening look at what might happen to a world ravaged by climate change and a devastating epidemic one that fractures a society into tribes of violence and even cannibalistic exsanguinistic? extremes This might not be a book for everyone it is dark people This is a world rife with abuse rape blood farming and violence but its also a book about the desperate struggle and right to survive A story with hope at its heart in the midst of so much blood and death And this this juxtaposition of hope in such unflinching brutality is what makes Orleans such a resonant and important book In other words I loved Orleans I loved it deeply painfully and wholeheartedlyFrom a pure plotting and worldbuilding perspective Orleans is nuanced and utterly believable This future world hit by hurricane after hurricane then rising water levels then plague and isolation might be a hyperbolic one but it feels frighteningly plausible The deadly Delta Fever and its dividing lines by blood type is also a uniue and particularly horrific epidemic even if this is the stuff of medical horror fantasy the rules of this particular fever make sense and thus allow for suspension of disbelief Suffice it to say Orleans is a grim tale and one that to me felt very very real Heroine Fen de la Guerre a beautiful and fitting name for our whip sharp protagonist is one for the ages Fiercely loyal Fen has grown up in the most nightmarish of dystopias After losing her parents she is taken in by some very bad people and has fought her way free from abuse finding a new home a new tribe and a new family Fen is a fighter and her will to survive is the driving force of this book I love that in spite of everything she has been through and every fresh horror she faces she never lets go of that powerful flame of hope I love that Fen is wholly capable that she figures out her own way to save her friend's child unlike other dystopian heroes Fen cares first and foremost about survival Not how she looks Not about a dreamy teenage boy that swoops in to help her out in the nick of time Fen's priority is the life of her best friend's baby girl Of course Fen is not the only character in this story her cutting narrative is joined by that of Doctor Daniel Weaver an idealistic outlander who crosses the wall into Orleans in hopes of completing his research and finding a cure for Delta Fever In contrast to Fen's hyperalertness and competence Daniel is completely out of his element and wholly unprepared for the grim reality of Orleans I love that when he and Fen do team up it is out of necessity and again that desperate need to survive Together they form a new kind of tribe And then there's that important theme of hope because as dark as Orleans gets there are these embers of hope throughout You see it in Daniel's first glimpse of the Superdome with the countless hours of work the Ursuline sisters have put into preserving the bones of the tens of thousands dead It's there when Fen chooses to hold on to her friend's baby girl and not abandon her to the blood hungry dogs and men chasing them And you better believe it's there when Fen makes a desperate last gamble to get the child over the wall damn the cost to herselfI say again I loved this book It is dark and gritty and it might not be for everyone but for me? Orleans is damn near perfect and in the running for one of my top 10 reads of the year

  6. ambyr ambyr says:

    Dear Fen Just so you know you were an awesome protagonist I am sorry you are stuck in this meandering grimdark book with incoherent worldbuilding terrible science and a cardboard supporting cast In some alternate universe there is a book all about you and Lydia working together to change your world and I read it and loved it Sadly this review is not being written in that universeDear Daniel Please shut up and go away

  7. Rose Rose says:

    Initial reaction I'm wholeheartedly thanking the author for writing a proper dystopian society that sounds like an actual dystopian society with harrowing stakes and horrific scenarios Orleans was a great story and I'll admit it tugged at my heartstrings in moments though I'll also admit I wished there was a little to it in some places Probably going to get a solid 4 stars from me and hope to explain a bit about it in the full reviewFull reviewTo start my review on Sherri Smith's Orleans I have to say that I'm glad there's an author in the YA spectrum that actually treats the dystopian genre with a proper non glorified world with a character who isn't fated to save the world for some special superpower or somehow lends a backdrop to romance where the realm takes a lesser priority for its respective realities If there's something about Smith's world that is distinctive in this genre not only does it include a racially diverse cast and plausible but frightening future but it also includes characters who are plunged into this horrific setup and must overcome dire situations to accomplish the things they must do in a realistic wayFen de la Guerre is a young woman who lives in Orleans in a future where a number of US States Louisiana Texas Alabama Georgia and Florida have all separated the union due to several hurricanes that have devastated the Gulf Too many casualties too little supplies and too much sickness with a Fever that has no cure Fen is a part of the OP tribe In this devastated image of what was once New Orleans people separate themselves by bloodtype and survival hinges on one's ability to get untainted blood It's revealed that some tribes even drink the blood they need if they can't inject themselves with it so it's a grim picture to follow Fen lives with a friend who acts as leader of her respective tribe but when the tribe is attacked by scavengers and her friend dies in childbirth she has to take on the task of caring for the child and finding a way to get the baby to safety from those who would want to sell her or harm her otherwiseIn the meantime failed researcher Daniel goes alone into Orleans and the ceded area to find the missing piece of his attempts to find a cure for the Fever He hopes to find something in the documentation of previous researchers in the area to help him find the missing part of his attempt at a cure rather than a supervirus that could wipe out the population within a matter of moments due to the nature of the infectionBoth Daniel and Fen end up meeting in Orleans and have far of a task of survival on their hands than they bargained forOrleans is told in a dual narrative style from Fen's first person dialect to Daniel's presentation in third person limited Once I adjusted to the way the narrative was presented it became easier to follow as I went along I did find it a bit of a jarring transition though I think it probably would've been a little better with consistency either sticking with first person or third but not the two of them I didn't mind the dual narrative between Fen or Daniel at all and I though Pen's distinct dialect made her voice stand out very well I'll admit that the two characters also have a narrative that keeps them both at arms length for most of the work so it wasn't nearly as intimate of an experience as I was hoping for in the course of the work but I did realize both of these character had events in their experience that shaped them to be emotionally distant So maybe it was just as well that the narrative styles matched their dispositionsFen is really the heroine of this collective story when all the events are taken into consideration I loved her she was a strong woman and the kind of female character you don't see in many narratives in YA dystopians She's tasked with taking care of the baby that her friend died in labor for After her tribe's dissipation from a dire attack fraught with loss she's left much on her own to try to figure the next step Fen's a survivor and given some of the things she's gone through in the past to the present storyline it tugged on my heartstrings to know what she had to endure even as a young child to get to the point where she was Considering she's only a teenager high school age it's like she's lived several lives over The grim reality and the grit this story presents from her perspective is really what made this novel work for me Daniel was a character I'll admit I was disappointed with in certain turns of this story In the beginning I admired his goals his technology his suit was awesome well when it worked anyway and realized that in his entry to Orleans he's entering a world he has no idea how it functions and where to get his bearings It makes sense that eventually he would team up with Fen and I liked the rapport between them But Danielnever really accomplished anything he set out to do in this story While one could argue that this really wasn't his story to carry I thought his character could've amounted to than what it did and it really disappointed me that he wasn't Whether that was by his own follies and he had several of them or by the fact he never really had the space in the story to do than what he did I'm not sure if it was one than the other I do think his efforts in the latter part of the novel were good especially in conjunction with Fen's rather desperate plan but I still think that his character was not much than a placeholder for that ultimate planThe worldbuilding in this story was beautifully constructed and probably one of the strongest aspects of this entire narrative I was immersed in the world the devastation the sense of loss and disparity and even the sharp social commentary on a new type of discrimination in the realm of Orleans Not by race but by blood type for survival It was a bleak future and one in which every fight had significant weight I did feel somewhat shortchanged in reading this narrative for some details though because while the world was constructed very well it felt like for events in the actual story there were pieces missing like it could've had to Fen and Daniel's journey than what it had Like the narrative was meant to be longer I almost wish it had been to cover those gaps and provide wiggle room and emotional intimacy for those characters The ending was reminiscent of my experience with Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses I didn't really see it coming until it hit me in the back of my head and realized the weight of what the characters had to do to protect the baby and get her out beyond the Wall for a potentially better life If you think about the narrative for goals that was one of the biggest goals promised by its end Unfortunately I wish some of the other goals had measure to them as wellIt's a good story and one I enjoyed for what it offered but I'll admit it wasn't an immediate knockout the way Smith's Flygirl was with me I enjoyed it and I'd be willing to read a seuel to the narrative if it has one to fill in some of the afternotes of where this novel left on but it did leave me with spaces that yearned for It's a valuable social commentary on measures after the US's very real experiences with Hurricane Katrina Ultimately this dystopian scenario shows that as a divided nation we are not as strong as one unified and in the face of tragedy there's both desperation for survival in corrupt and constructive ways and hope for a better futureOverall score 45 stars

  8. Tori (InToriLex) Tori (InToriLex) says:

    Find this and other Reviews at InToriLex This book showed me the power of a great story I'm inspired I started this book unsure what I was getting into it because a dystopian in a destroyed Orleans divided by blood is a mountain for an author to tackle However aft

  9. Lectus Lectus says:

    This book has so many good reviews that I feel evil for not liking itI liked that there's no romance in the story FINALLY Not everything has to lead to romance I was wondering at the beginning if Fen is like 16 and Daniel is 24 will Smith dare to romance the stone bw these two? she did notI enjoyed Fen's broken English BUT it made wonder didn't people speak proper English in Orleans before they were shut off from the world?Because just about 40 years had passed since the city was locked up In that little time people forgot how to use verbs nouns pronouns and everything else that Strunk and White advise in The elements of style The characters felt empty and I didn't care if they lived of died These bunch of tribes fighting for blood just seemed like a different kind of drug addict vampires The story didn't hold my interest and I abandoned the bookVia

  10. Kay Kay says:

    Get that ending away from me

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