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"An original futuristic tale with a lovely, lyrical, authentic voice and a spirited heroine to root for!"—Melissa de la Cruz, NYT Bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series
 
"A riveting tale told in a striking, unique voice. You won't regret picking this one up."
—Marie Lu, author of the New York Times bestselling Legend trilogy

"Compelling."--Booklist, starred review

"Vivid and realistic...a compelling intersection of environmental chaos and human politics."--BCCB, starred review

 
(Sherri L. Smith)

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Sherri L. Smith (www.sherrilsmith.com) has written several novels for young adults. Flygirl, her first novel with Putnam, won the California Book Award, was a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, and made it onto 15 State Award Lists.  Sherri lives in Los Angeles, California. 

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Captivating and Entrancing 7. März 2013
Von Miss Bonnie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
'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 more Hurricanes followed, each more 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 A
Need to stay away
From O and from each other,
Plus from minus, sister from brother.
O positive can feed
All positives in need, But O neg is the one
For all tribes beneath the sun.

A 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 required 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 baby.

The 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 answers.

This 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! Quite 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 later.

Orleans 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 (i.e. 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 teen.

The 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 questions as to what comes next. Orleans is an extremely captivating and entrancing read that fans of the dystopian genre will likely enjoy.
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Brutal Story, Great Character & Plot Development 18. März 2013
Von Wanda (Good Choice Reading) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
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!
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Amazing and Captivating 24. Januar 2014
Von Nicole @ Paperback Princess - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I’m not quite sure where to start on this book review. I was totally in love with the concept of this Delta Fever, and this whole quarantine, and even though it wasn’t executed the way that I expected, it was still a really great book, and it needs some more promotion because I only found out about this book because of a book swap.

I think I’m going to start with what was strange to me about this book. For starters, I wish they had explained a little more in-depth how they were able to test blood types in a part of the states that seems to have been cut off entirely from the rest of the country and its resources. There were other things like that that I felt warranted an explanation but I never got. I also haven’t decided how I felt about Fen’s speech, because her English was so broken, and it felt like things deteriorated in the south so rapidly, but maybe that’s because I can say that sitting behind my desk at work not really knowing how bad things can get and devolve that way. It took some getting used to, but eventually I was able to adjust.

I really liked Fen. She was an all-around good person who seemed to be true to her word. She kept her promise to Lydia to protect the baby and she kept her promise to take Daniel where he wanted to go. There were plenty of times she she could have reneged and almost did, but she didn’t because that meant something to her. She was a fierce girl who saw some really awful things in her life, but she was a fighter and she didn’t stop fighting until the end of the book, even when she was going to give up, she got smart and didn’t. I felt that it was a little strange how the book flip flopped between her POV and 3rd person was Daniel. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of that.

I also felt like we didn’t really get to know Daniel, we only learned that his brother died from the Fever, but then that was the end of it. Didn’t learn much about this family and I felt that I didn’t care too much for him, I wanted him to have a little more depth and he was severely lacking. I also couldn’t follow how he was 24 and this amazing scientist. If he had gone faster in school or something I felt that should have been explained why he was 24 and in 2 years since getting his BA, he had almost created a cure for DF. I’m sure things changed in like 50 years, but I don’t think that they would have been putting kids through school faster.

All in all it was a very creative and imaginative plot that I really enjoyed. I liked the concept and the other characters that were introduce, but I didn’t really love it the way that I expected that I would.
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Brilliant sci-fi story, brilliantly told 17. Mai 2014
Von Joshua David Bellin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Fen de la Guerre lives in the ruins of New Orleans, what's left of the city after catastrophic hurricane damage and epidemic disease cause the United States to separate Louisiana and other southern states permanently from the Union. In this changed Orleans, people are divided into tribes based on blood type--a means of slowing but not halting the spread of the fatal Delta Fever. When Fen's tribe is scattered by marauders and her chieftain dies giving birth to a child, Fen embarks on a hazardous journey that, she hopes, will lead to the child's safety beyond the Wall that separates Orleans from the United States.

That's the premise of Sherri L. Smith's amazing, devastatingly beautiful and sad science-fiction novel ORLEANS. Fen's progress through the ravaged city becomes more complicated when she meets Daniel, a scientist from beyond the Wall whose younger brother died of Delta Fever and who seeks the data he thinks Orleans holds to find an ultimate cure. The juxtaposition of the seasoned Fen, who knows she needs to be as merciless as the city itself, with the naive and idealistic Daniel provides the novel with an appealing friction (but not, thankfully, a romance, which would merely have distracted from the story's compelling quest-structure). And the language of the book is astonishing, alternating between Daniel's formal, third-person past-tense narration and Fen's first-person present-tense dialect. Here's a sample of each:

"A cool smattering of starlight filtered in ever so faintly from the gash in the ceiling of the [Super] Dome, but what it illuminated was no lye pit, no holocaustic vision of piled corpses. He turned in a slow circle, noting every row, every seat in his range of vision. Occupied. By bones."

"The camp look like Hell. All Saints' Day be starting early at the blood farm. They be cooking up a storm, a whole row of cook fires at one end of the camp. Fire after fire, and them cooks be the Devil's handmaidens, stirring pots full of souls.... Standing here seeing them faces, pale in the yellow light, maybe they ain't all human. I know we ain't human to them."

Some reviewers on this site have objected to Fen's dialect, saying it makes the book hard to read. I respectfully disagree. Fen's dialect is the perfect vehicle for conveying her story; it couldn't be told otherwise. Lush and polished as the third-person sections are (as in the above, where the narrator describes a Super Dome turned into a gigantic crypt), it's the grittiness and freshness of Fen's voice that carries the tale, giving us access not only to Fen's strong, determined character but to the entire rich, tragic history of the region. I don't want to suggest that ORLEANS is the equal of Twain's HUCKLEBERRY FINN--that's an unfair comparison by any measure--but I do want to point out that lots of early readers had trouble with Twain's vernacular too. In both cases, the writer needed to create an idiom commensurate with the narrator's experience, and in both cases, they succeeded brilliantly.

For those looking for uplift, I should also point out that ORLEANS offers very little; as the passages quoted above suggest, Smith's imagined world is a brutal one of death, blood slavery, religious hypocrisy, and fading chances for civilization. At one point, a character muses: "Nature knows what to do with a poison. She dilutes it." The question of whether humanity is itself the poison and an avenging Nature the only solution to it hangs heavily over Smith's book. But as with her daring narrative voice, I admire her book greatly for being willing, like Fen, to stare this possibility in the face without flinching and to carry out her quest to the bitter end.
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Intelligent YA Science Fiction 21. Juli 2013
Von Maggie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've classified this book as science fiction, but, to be honest, I'm not quite sure if it fits into that category. I've read very little science fiction in my life, but, while this is set in the future, I don't think it's quite dystopian and that leaves me with science fiction. A category, as I just said, isn't something I normally read. I was worried when I started this but I ended up being really impressed.

The story opens with a few pages of fake government documents outlining the hurricanes that devastated New Orleans including actual ones like Rita and Katrina, and then the disease called Delta Fever and the quarantine that eventually separated the area from the rest of the US. I loved this part of the book. It was eery and creepy, but so incredibly realistic. Like there was no doubt in my mind that some natural disaster could cause the area to be destroyed.

Once I got into the actual story I had some big reservations. The story is told in alternating chapters between Fen's first-person point-of-view and Daniel's third-person POV. Fen's chapters are written in the dialect that has become common in the Delta. To put it mildly I am not a fan of stories written in dialect. I know lots of people think it helps put you into the story, but to me it's just a distraction.

For a while I wasn't sure if I was going to overcome the dialect, but I'm glad I stuck it out. I was very impressed at the world building in this book. Yes, the places are actual places so that probably helped, but all of the tribes and the way the places changed after the hurricanes and disease really came alive. I have very vivid pictures in my mind of all of the settings and people I read about.

I also loved the idea of people forming tribes by blood type. I liked how race didn't matter, but people still found a way to separate themselves. It also tested my knowledge of blood type, genetics, and who can and can't be a donor from biology last fall :)

I definitely was cheering for the main characters and felt the tension when they were in precarious situations, but I didn't feel a huge connection to either of them. There was nothing in Fen's life that I could relate to, even a little bit. She's a total survivor and incredibly tough, which I really admire, but unlike some other survival/dystopian stories there just wasn't anything about her that I could cling on to. I know this isn't something that everyone looks for, but it is something I like in a book. And I liked Daniel, but there is no way I could relate with him sneaking into the incredibly dangerous Delta area.

No spoilers, but the end of the book had me scratching my head. When I finished I assumed there was a sequel, but I don't see anything about an upcoming sequel. And then I was just confused because I thought the ending was a little ambiguous. But then, the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. I really admire when an author can end a story, even slightly ambiguously, and just end it.

Bottom Line: This is a science fiction story that even this non-scifi fan found to be incredibly believable. I was totally swept up in world that Sherri L. Smith created and felt the tension and pressure that Fen and Daniel were facing. Even though I didn't love the dialect Fen used and I didn't feel a connection to either of the main characters, I would definitely recommend this book without hesitation.
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