Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

8:35 PM


Pages: 336
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
ISBN13: 9780399252945
Genre: Young Adult

This copy was sent to me for review from the publisher and did not affect my opinion.

Review by Geraldine

Synopsis (Goodreads.com): 

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.


My Thoughts (Spoiler-Free):

First off, this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2013! The summary drew me in and the whole concept had me really excited to pick it up. And tell me the cover is not amazing ugh! I can honestly say that this book did not live up to my expectations, but it was still a fun read overall.

When it came to characters, I thought the author did amazing! Even though I didn't like how it was written in the way the main character, Fen, spoke, I thought that it was a good route to take for the storyline. It made the main character, Fen come to life and at the same time it also really made you feel closer to Fen. It was also interesting to switch from chapter to chapter because the way Daniel talked also showed where he was from (the Outer States) and that helped understand the type of person he was.

At first, I couldn't get used to the way it was written to fit the way that Fen's character talked. But, after getting into the book more, I didn't mind it that much and I realized that it really added to both the character and the story line. By the end of the book, I barely noticed how it was written, so it wasn't that big of a deal to me.

Although, I didn't love this book, I will definitely be picking up the sequel because...what a cliff hanger ugh. I am just dying to find out what happens next! All in all, this was a fun read and it had a very unique storyline; which is definitely hard to find nowadays! I give this book 3 stars!
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