Feb • 11 • 2013
Genre: Young Adult-Dystopian
Author: Sherri L. Smith
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: March 7, 2013
Book: ARC sent by publisher
“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.”
Very different from most dystopian books, the dialogue hooked me right away.
I really getting onto the plot and learning of the destruction of the world. Especially since this is the area that I live in, I’m was interested in seeing exactly what happens. I’m not disappointed. If anything, everything from the storms to the fever, to the war keep me on the edge of the my seat. The way the the culture evolved from being abandon let me in awe. These people learn to survive on their own taking in some dark secrets. People have gone crazy, stealing blood, creating tribes, it all so amazing of how well the author is able to put together a great story.
The story follows Fen, a young girl who has lived and learn to survive the hard way. She faced many demons and runs into Daniel, a doctor trying to find a cure. These two people are exact opposite, still formed a wonderful friendship in which they did whatever it takes to find a cure. There really wasn’t a love interest but instead just a good loyal friendship. Most all books you see love form between characters but not this one. Instead their is just an overall mutual respect and a journey to do.
Orleans is a creepy view of dystopia at it’s best. Everything from language to food has changed. You need to be tough in order to survive a simple walk through the city. Dark and dangerous, Orleans is wonderful!
I give it 4 BITES!