Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Orleans by Sherri L. Smith.
OrleansBook description: 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-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.

Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. (taken from Goodreads)

Objectionable:For language a 5(just it was spread out), some violence such as killing, taking of blood, rape, injuries, kidnapping, blood hunters hunting people for blood, death. Brief mention of a brothel, a girl getting pregnant and the assumption that Fen had Baby Girl.Some voodoo type stuff, there is a scene were a god apparently takes over the body of someone, child abuse.

Thoughts:I had been interested in this book, I saw it and thought "hmmm this one looks good!" While it might be classified as Middle Grade by some (possibly), this is really a YA book due to the content. The story is interesting, a girl taking care of Chieftain's baby. And trying to get it a better life. The whole idea of an area being blocked off from the rest of the US was interesting as well. The plot was pretty good as was the adventure led to getting Baby Girl to safety. While this wasn't an amazing book, I still liked it. A good adventure. But the ending was totally off and disappointing for me. It didn't resolve what I wanted it to and was kinda bland. :/ Oh well. I only heard about this book a couple days before it was released so there wasn't a ton of expectation. In the way of the world and descriptions it was good, but I wasn't a huge fan. Overall good, just a couple bumps. Really intriguing world and the characters (look below) were alright. I would recommend to YA+ guys and girls.
Characters:They were okay. Fen was a good character who wanted to serve her Chieftain and help her child have a better life. She was strong and determined. The other characters were all right but all but the other main character, Daniel, and Lydia, the Chieftain, none really stood out. Lydia I liked for the short time we got to meet her and Daniel was okay.
Cover:I really like it. Definitely a dystopian, sunken city feel that comes out quite a bit in the book. I like the birds in sky and the sun coming up in the distance. It's a nice cover :D
Love, Sierra

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review. I have an ARC too and will have to see if I think the end is a little disappointing too.


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