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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,188 ratings  ·  478 reviews
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-P
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published March 7th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Mini review: Excellent world building and no romance.

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Given 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, more 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 definit

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 divide.

The 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 i
'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
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 more vibrant and nuanced than the picture. Smith captures this spooky New Orleans and its people ...more
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 more to it in some places. Probably going to get a solid 4 stars from me, and hope to explain a bit more about it in the full review.

Full review:

To start my review on Sherri Smi
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Trigger Warning: Rape


Words like "gritty" and "powerful" are thrown around so frequently, 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 fifte
I got this book free at ALA.

What we have here is that rarest of creatures, the stand-alone dystopian YA book. Oh, sure, there's room for a sequel, but there doesn't need to be one. It was lovely to reach the end and not have to cry, "Curse you, cliffhanging author, I can't believe you left me hanging here!" And even more lovely, this was a good book with a fresh and well-made world.

Orleans used to be New Orleans, before all the hurricanes. And before the Fever. Now, there's a wall between the
This book has so many good reviews that I feel evil for not liking it!

I 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 b/w these two? she did not.

I 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 locke
This is a very dark and poignant book. I love books set in New Orleans, and I think Smith did a wonderful job creating a dystopian-futuristic New Orleans that retains all of the old world beauty and conflicts that make New Orleans so unique. She gave respect to the religions and spirituality, the diversity, the flora and fauna, the death, the crime, the creativity, the intelligence, the hurricanes and the survival.

It could have been longer. More details could have been embellished or clarified.
Annette (booknerderie)
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
A.L. Davroe
I first learned about this book when I recruited Sherri as one of my feature Friday authors. As soon as I read the premise for the book, I was intrigued and I was lucky enough to get an advance reading copy from Sherri’s promotional group.

This book is very different from what I’ve been reading lately and honestly, it’s very refreshing.

First off, let me explain the premise. Orleans takes place in a near-future where the delta region of the United States has been continuously hit by progressively
I received an ARC of Orleans by Sherri L. Smith. I was quite excited to read it, living in the Greater New Orleans Area and enjoying books set in this region.

Smith does a great job of creating characters throughout this book. Each character is distinct and are developed in such a way that their flaws and their virtues are quite believable. I found many of the elements incorporated into the story quite brilliant, particularly the role that storm Jesus plays in the Delta region and the mythology b
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Startlingly original, Orleans brings a whole new take on the term "YA dystopian" or more accurately, brings the genre back to where it should be. Instead of focusing on romance and destructive government schemes, Orleans concentrates on world building and plot progression.

The novel starts off with a punch, launching you directly into the gritty, dark world of Orleans where blood type determines everything and segregates the community due to the deadly Delta Fever. From very early on, it's easy
Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
First let me say that I LOVED the cover to this book!!! It is really perfect for this book and I found myself continually turning back and looking at it. It is a true depiction of survival and this is what Orleans is ALL ABOUT!!

Orleans is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic, young adult story. This is VERY different than any other dystopian I have ever read. This story focuses more on the truth of what is happening rather than focusing on the characters lives. The author focuses on world building and
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 universe.

Dear Daniel: Please shut up and go away.
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Move over Tris and Katniss, because Fen de la Guerre is ruling the dystopian scene.

I really hope this is the beginning of a series, because the final page left me breathless. I have to know more about what this future America is like. Sherri Smith did an amazing job creating a world within a world.

The Delta region has been destroyed by hurricanes and left for dead. Survival of the fittest. No one expect the people living in New Orleans to survive the Delta Fever, so when Daniel, an overly opti
This book was provided by Netgalley in ebook form for a honest review.
This book was so unexpected. In a good way. I enjoy dystopians however sometimes they can be a little far fetched. This book however was so realistic and probable that it was creepy. I also like the fact that the characters are African American. Many dystopians are from a white point of view. Authors forget that an dystopian society would effect all races. Orleans is a story about a young woman name Fen who is living in a post
Aimee Meester

1. NO ROMANCE. Like, dude. I needed this in my life.

2. Gulf Coast apocalyptic setting! It kind of reminded me of Ship Breaker, but with more of a plot. And oh, what a lovely plot/setting that was.

3. Lots and lots of blood. *shudders*

4. Did I mention no romance? Because that was fantastic. The friendship was also fantastic.

A fantastic young-adult novel about post-apocalyptic New Orleans. The author switches between first person vernacular for one of the two main characters and third person for the other character, which was noteworthy at first. Then the colorful descriptions and the fast-paced action set in, and both perspectives blended together seamlessly. I was happy to see that several young adult tropes are avoided: there is no romance, the main character who is a young woman was neither incompetent nor the " ...more
This is real dystopia - the horrors of reality after a very plausible disaster, with no teen hero saving the world and no romantic triangle, or even romance. While the science doesn't get me, the story itself was very well-written, with apt description and emotion and believable, intelligent voices. Wars, rumors of wars, bloody and heartbreaking, no cure magically appears to make it better. Good people do the best they can to make one tiny new life better. There had better NOT be a sequel - it w ...more
Heather Allen
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What a world Sherri L. Smith created! Based in our own reality, post Rita and Katrina, we see the lower half of the US devastated by natural disasters from Florida to Texas (otherwise known as the Delta region). To prevent the spread of a new deadly virus, the government builds a wall and has the states succeed from the union. Fast forward 50 years from 2015, we meet Fen, a loyal O+ who now has to survive after her tribe was murdered by
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 Stat

I was so excited for this book. SO excited. It sounded awesome - doesn't that synopsis sound awesome?? A fierce heroine, battling against the odds to get her leader's baby to safety, befriends a scientist who is braving the walled-off city to find a cure for Delta Fever. I had very high hopes for this one.

Sadly, my hopes didn't pan out. I actually had a really hard time getting through this book.

You know the premise, so I'm just going to talk about my issues (the first-person narration, and a la

Audrey Ryer
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Oct 15, 2014 Lena rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya-fic
In a world replete with Katniss Everdines and Tris Priors[Divergent], Sherri L. Smith graces us with a YA FIC shero who's not only beautiful, brilliant, and the bomb; she's also black. Meet Fen De La Guerre the alternative and exceptional female lead character of the dystopian world called ORLEANS. Oh! And she's not romantic. Thank God. While I must admit that I'm a little biased towards Fen, I do have a critique. The story, though well written, was a tad bit rushed. Some things felt unfinished ...more

1. Diversity is a big part of the world building which I loved
2. The dialect was just different enough to give it a different feel without being distracting
3. No romance!!!!! So refreshing!
4. World building is really well done. Super interesting.

Dislikes (of a sort. Mostly things I don't know how I feel about)

1. I can't decide if I like the ambiguity of the ending, or if I am unsatisfied with it
2. Also can't decide if I like that it's kind of like if you were a side story in a larger plot o
Orleans is, hands down, the best book I've read this year thus far. I find myself at loss for words to describe just how much I loved it. In fact, I am still processing what I've just read, and the more I think about, the more amazed I become.

The post-apocalyptic setting is absolutely stunning. The prose is so unique and intriguing - it elevates the story and puts you right in the middle of the disease-ridden environment. The premise is very original, there's no cheesy romance, the characters a
Charlie Kaufman
OK so the full disclosure part of this review: I won an advance copy from Goodreads' book contests.

So now that the legal mumbo-jumbo is out of the way, let me say that I enjoyed Orleans! I have to say I finished this in 2 days only because I kept telling myself that I was going to bed after I finished the next chapter.

The story keeps you hooked right from the beginning as the author blends history and "historic future" events together. The gulf coast has been destroyed by climate change - super
I liked the book for the most part, and thought it to be well-written, however I had several problems with it:

First of all, Hurricane Katrina was before Rita, not the other way around. Trust me, I remember. One of the reasons people called the whole experience "Katrita."

How does Fen even know what a big mac is? Minor, but it bugged me a bit.

Overuse of the French language. The book did not take place in the NOLA of the 1700s.

If LA, TX, FL and AL are no longer part of the U.S., what about Mississi
Great worldbuilding, a strong, female protagonist with a unique voice, and well researched. In a time where dystopian YA literature is popping up even more than vampires, it's hard to find a book that will appeal to what teens want (ie: more books like Hunger Games, even if some of them came before that was published), while also being unique to stand out from the crowd. This is definitely one of those reads. Well worth it. The tone is gritty so as not to sugar coat the events going on, but not ...more
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Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of YA novels LUCY THE GIANT, SPARROW, HOT SOUR SALTY SWEET, FLYGIRL and ORLEANS. In October 2015, she makes her middle grade debut with THE TOYMAKER’S APPRENTICE from G.P. Putnam and Sons for Penguin Random House.

Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association
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