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Orleans

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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...more
Hardcover, 336 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.



Full Review:

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...more
Bonnie
'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...more
Rose
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...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Trigger Warning: Rape

Review:

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...more
Lectus
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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...more
Melody
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...more
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...more
Amy
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...more
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...more
Jamila
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....more
Titus214
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...more
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...more
Maria
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...more
Nikki (There were books involved...)

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

...more
Audrey Ryer
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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...more
Lena
In a world replete with Katniss Everdines and Tris Whatsherfaces[Divergent], Sherri L. Smith graces us with a YA FIC shero who's not only beautiful, brilliant, and badass; 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 unfini...more
Evie
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...more
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...more
Emily
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...more
Marissa
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
Suzanne
As dystopias go, this one fares in about the middle of the pack for me, neither the worst, nor the best. The premise works reasonably well: after Hurricane Katrina, six more superstorms change New Orleans into Orleans after an epidemic called Delta Fever causes the United States of America to withdraw its governance of much of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida, and Texas. Those areas are walled off and left to their own devices, pretty much expected to die away. Instead, Orleans has survi...more
Joshua Bellin
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...more
Meg
Excellent YA dystopian novel in which the Gulf Coast area has been walled off from the rest of the US for 30 years after being ravaged by hurricanes and a plague. "Orleans" is now populated by tribes based on blood type (this has to do with the plague which is still present in a latent form). Good world-building (though I had a few questions that went unanswered), and interesting characters - the main character, Fen de la Guerre, is focused on survival while the other, Daniel, is interested in r...more
Teacher 007.5
Orleans is the best read yet for 2013! I loved the voice of the main character, Fen. It is so nice to see a strong female character that has not been turned into some overly sexy 'laura croft' weapon wielding type of heroine. Fen was a real hero. She was a fighter, protector and most of all she was a woman of her word. Everything she did was to protect her tribe, her leader and Baby Girl. When Fen's tribe is attacked and her leader killed, she vows to get Baby Girl, Lydia's newborn baby, over th...more
Diane
Really, what an amazing author Sherri L. Smith is! She seems able to write in any voice, place her books in any setting, and still sound completely authentic.

This is another extraordinary novel. As suggested by the title, it is set in New Orleans, but after the year 2025. A timeline at the beginning of the book shows the gradually disintegration of the city as it is hit by increasingly devastating hurricanes. Then a terrible disease known as Delta Fever sets in. The United States builds a wall...more
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
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...more
Aaron
The stronger hurricane seasons we have been confronted with here in the United States takes center stage in this dystopian novel that jumps us ahead about 10 years. Strong hurricanes have continued to strike the Gulf Coast with major severity ... so much so that some of the latter ones are awarded a new Category 6 ranking. As a result, the country has given up in trying to rebuild after strike after strike and the remaining residents are dealing with a new disease called Delta Fever.

Delta Fever...more
Lesley Marie
Ten-Second Review: The epitome of what post-apocalyptic fiction should be. Brilliant worldbuilding, excellently plotted, and utterly compelling.

More-Than-Ten-Second Review:

Orleans is one remarkable piece of post-apocalyptic fiction. Gritty to the core and addictive, this is a novel that was expertly told and offers an abundance of excitement, tension, and sense of awe as you explore the world of Orleans and the new way of life it’s inhabitants must adapt to. Orleans is an experience, an adventur...more
Emz Chang
Jan 25, 2013 Emz Chang rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Sherri L. Smith and Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Shelves: arc, dystopian
ORLEANS is centered around Fen, a native who is left with her leader’s baby to take care of, and Daniel, a scientist from the “Outer States” (the New America). ORLEANS is set in the Delta, also known as Orleans. A disease, known as the Delta Fever, has plagued what used to be known New Orleans. It is in the blood of the natives and deadly. The Delta Fever is the reason why Orleans is no longer part of the United States, and why there even is an “Outer States”. In the Delta it is hard to survive...more
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