Published Date: March 6, 2014
Publisher: Speak
Author: Sherri L. Smith
Pages: 352
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult, Science Fiction

You can view the summary for Orleans here.

For those who don’t know me: I grew up in New Orleans… my reasoning for picking this one up was a no brainer. So, I added this gem to my bookshelf and there it sat for pretty much a year. I’m happy to finally move it from my To Be Read shelf to my Read shelf! *phew*

Now on to the verdict…I liked this story A LOT: It’s 50 years after Katrina , a cat 6 super storm wipes out the south, causes an epidemic called Delta Fever, and creates an “Us {south La} against Them {everyone else}” atmosphere. But within the Delta, it’s a constant war between Blood Tribes {some blood types are more susceptible to the fever, others are basically immune… you can see where this is going}. Needless to say, it’s nonstop action, fighting and surviving.

Our MC, Fen, from The Delta {which spans from Pearlington, MS on south} is super spunky and scrappy. You’ll love her. Our MC, Daniel, from the Outer States {which is the rest of America that’s on the other side of The Wall} is smart and on a one man mission to help save any future patients of Delta Fever. Each character dictates his/her chapters, so we have a duel POV going on here. Let me say this: Fen’s character is southern, and speaks improper English. Fen’s dialect was hard for me to read; I concentrated more on getting her accent just right rather than concentrating on the tale being told. Other than that, Sherri Smith is a wonderful writer.

This is a dystopian novel that includes the following: death, sketchy ass leaders, a computer powered by a Singer sewing machine pedal, an insane woman who pimps out kids for their blood, New Orleans in a whole new light, and a story you can honestly believe.

This is a dystopian novel that DOES NOT include the following: LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *cue the choir of angels* Not even kidding, I high fived myself when it clicked that there would be no love. Breath of fresh air, Sherri Smith.

*deep breath* *exhale* I liked this book. You’d probably like this book. OH!!! Almost forgot, when I got to the very end…I frantically searched for a sequel. And guess what? THERE IS NO FREAKING SEQUEL. WTAF??? *sigh* I just … I don’t think I can handle not knowing what happens next but I don’t really have a choice, do I? Anyway, read this book. I need someone to talk to about it!


6 thoughts on “Orleans

  1. I was already sold by your apparent enthusiasm for the book, but then I read “a computer powered by a Singer sewing machine pedal”. Yeah, I need to read this.
    Also, have you heard of River by Michael Farris Smith? I think you’d really like it. I reviewed in on my blog if you want to see more about it! 🙂

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