Posted in Young Adult Lit

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith
2013 G. P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN – 9780399252945
Genre – Apocalyptic
Age – High School
3.5 Stars


After Hurricane Katrina, a string of even more powerful storms continued to hit the gulf coast. Delta fever has broken out, and the government has quarantined the area. Many years later, the people of the Outer States believe that life has been wiped out in the Gulf Coast, but this is far from the truth. A new type of civilization has sprung from the disaster, a world in which people form tribes based on their blood types. Fen de la Guerre is living with the O Positive tribe when they are attacked. During the attack her leader dies giving birth. Fen vows that she will get the baby out of the quarantined area. While making her way out she meets David, a scientist from the Outer States who is trying to find the cure for the Delta fever. Together they may be stronger than alone, but can they make it out alive?

The scariest thing about this book is that it is based on a very feasible situation. The first part of the story has already happened and we have seen stronger and stronger storms threaten our coasts. It would be nice to believe that if this situation occurred, that humanity would prevail, but we can’t really be sure of that. Smith writes in two different dialects, one for David and one for Fen. This allows the reader to really feel the difference in characters and their  backgrounds. One interesting point is that when disaster hits, it really matures the people affected. Although David and Fen are both fairly young, it is very easy to forget their age considering their attitudes. Just a warning for the faint of heart, there is a lot of violence and disturbing content throughout the book.


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