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Preview — Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
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
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
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
To start my review on Sherri Smi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
It could have been longer. More details could have been embellished or clarified. ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dear Daniel: Please shut up and go away.
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
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
I picked this book up from the library, and then I have to admit that I ended up avoiding it. Scary to admit, I avoided a dystopian-sci-fi novel. And usually, those are my ultimate favourites. So what scarily went wrong here? I don't know. But what I do know is that I was right to avoid it from the start. For a fact, I had to renew this 6 times before picking it up.
Orleans originally sounded like what it seemed to be from the perspective of your above-average dystopia-obsess ...more
I've been avoiding dystopian-type books like the plague and admittedly Orleans had been on my "To-Read" shelf for a year or more. I am SUPER glad I decided to go on and read it. Sherri L. Smith did an absolutely wonderful job with world building in this novel. She describes New Orleans to the T in catastroph ...more
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