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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252945
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Aaronovitch on 18 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I don't do full reviews of books. Partly this is because I don't believe that one's subjective and emotional response to a work of fiction can be explained through a misguided and futile process of deconstruction but mostly it's because I'm too lazy.

So here is my review of Orleans by Sherri L. Smith --- It's bloody brilliant and you should read it. Smith has created a world of terrifying beauty and populated it with characters and stories of such intensity that they will drag you screaming through the landscape until they deposit you breathless and emotional on the final page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rattyratbag on 8 April 2013
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The first couple of pages I struggled with this book, because I thought the whole book would be in this patois language, however, the book began with a massive pace and I found myself sucked in so much. Having visited New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina, I witness the mass devastation with my own hands. The blue crosses on doors, the writing dog in here left by the army. The horrible sludge marks on properties where the waters had risen to. There were people living in trailers all around New Orleans. Not many restaurants open, and the railway did not run. I think this book reminded me that this may happen again, and again, it sucks you in and won't let you go. You feel so sad that the American Government have left these people to survive or try to on there own. If you do not read another book this year it must be this one.
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By Samantha Harper-Nunes on 26 Sept. 2014
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brilliantly written
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brutal Story, Great Character & Plot Development 18 Mar. 2013
By Wanda (Good Choice Reading) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Captivating and Entrancing 7 Mar. 2013
By Miss Bonnie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
'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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amazing and Captivating 24 Jan. 2014
By Nicole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Spectacular world-building!! 28 Jun. 2013
By Nawanda Files Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Orleans is a book with a killer concept that delivers on many fronts. It's also a book that you should know what to expect before reading. I went into this blind, never having read anything by Sherri L. Smith, and avoiding most of the reviews. So here's what you should at least expect from this post-apocalyptic novel:

The writing style is very unique. Fen's internal monologue is in heavy slang from the tribes. It took me fifty pages before I was able to get used to it. The addition of Daniel's third-person narration (not in slang) also helped to balance it out.

Heavy Reading
This isn't a light book by any standard. Orleans should be read with deeper insight and it's a book that you may not be able to read at one in the morning when you're half-asleep. It's got substance, and Sherri L. Smith knows how to build a world. The book takes place in the future after New Orleans and the surrounding states have been destroyed by hurricanes and Delta Fever. The concept kept my flipping the pages even if the writing style wasn't something I was particularly used to.

Little Dialogue-Lots of Internal Monologue
In the beginning there is very little dialogue. You'll find yourself face-to-face with large paragraphs, slang, and deep internal monologue. This may not be for everyone, but if you want to take yourself out of your reading comfort zone for an original piece of work then Orleans is the perfect novel for you.

World Building That Will Blow Your Mind
Tribes are established based on blood type, and Fen is a native of the land. She's a strong willed heroine trying to protect a baby. The best aspect has to be the history you learn about how she got on her own and fighting for survival. On the opposite spectrum, Daniel is a twenty-four year old from the East Coast, jumping into this world to find a cure. When they both team up together halfway through the book, the pace picks up a great deal and I couldn't put it down.

As a science major, I was blown away with how all the medical and science aspects were handled. Sherri L. Smith has pieced together a novel that feels completely fleshed out and smartly written. It raises lots of questions, and would be the perfect pick for a book group. Even though it isn't the type of faced-paced, romantic story I usually go for in my young adult library, I found to enjoy it all the same.

Final Verdict:
A vivid post-apocalyptic New Orleans with heavy themes and spectacular world-building that defies the norm.

**A copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Incredible Imagery 1 May 2013
By Maria M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a rare request, I want you to first judge this book by its cover. Look at it, analyze it, think about what you expect to get from this book. Got it?

Now, I can guarantee that Orleans will give you something entirely different than what you thought. Something you didn't expect -- so much greater than you could ask for, and far deeper than you thought it could go.

Orleans is a Young Adult novel that takes place in a world where massive hurricanes have changed the face of the southern United States. New Orleans is so damaged, that eventually it just becomes Orleans; and it is cut off from the rest of the world in order to quarantine a virus found only in the blood of those who still live there. The novel follows a 15-year-old named Fen as she tries to get a newborn baby over the wall and into the northern United States before the virus taints the baby's blood.

Fen's journey is nothing shirt of incredible. The author, Sherri Smith, seamlessly weaves Fen's past into her present, and you notice how every choice she makes, every survival instinct has been affected by her past. Fen has endured tragedy after tragedy in her life and yet she chooses to fight - to continue living in the hell that Orleans has become. I actually wish there were a sequel to this book, because I'd love to see how she turns out as she grows older. I imagine she would be queen of the bayou or something!

Another essential character in the story is Daniel. He is a naive doctor from the north who believes he can cure the virus -- if only he had blood samples from the people of Orleans. In many ways, Daniel's innocence represents Fen's past: innocent, naive, believing he can change the world rather than deal with what it has become. But as the two meet and are forced to deal with each other, he becomes a lit more like Fen's present, and in the end, he leaves with her future. (Pretty deep, right?)

I loved this book, not just for it's fearless use of serious issues: religion vs. church, politics, science vs. nature, etc. Not just for its awesome female protagonist who kicks ass (literally). Although both of those are great reasons, I actually loved this book simply because it is so beautifully written. Smith has one of the most vivid imaginations and it just immerses you so deeply into the story.

Amazing novel - 5 out of 5 stars :)
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