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"Set in a futuristic, hostile Orleans landscape, Fen de la Guerre must deliver her tribe leader's baby over the Wall into the Outer States before her blood becomes tainted with Delta Fever"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2013
ISBN: 9780399252945
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Smith
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 22 cm


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Set in a futuristic, hostile Orleans landscape, Fen de la Guerre must deliver her tribe leader's baby over the Wall into the Outer States before her blood becomes tainted with Delta Fever.

Set in a futuristic, hostile Orleans landscape, Fen de la Guerre must deliver her tribe leader's baby over the Wall into the Outer States before her blood becomes tainted with Delta Fever.

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IndyPL_OliverR Jan 16, 2019

If you’ve had enough of flesh-eating zombies, but still enjoy novels with post-apocalyptic themes, try Orleans, by Sherri L Smith. The author of Flygirl (a fictionalized account of a “lighter-skinned” African American female who passes for white in order to join WASP [Women Airforce Service Pilots]), stretches her story-telling skills by penning a dystopian novel of post-Katrina New Orleans where a virus has killed most of the Gulf Coast residents. Only those without tainted blood survive. Survivors find food, family, shelter, and protection by aligning themselves tribally by blood type, rather than by race/ethnicity. I enjoyed this book because the main character is female and ethnic - which is not usually what one finds in a run-of-the-mill dystopian novel.

LPL_MeredithW Mar 24, 2018

I absolutely tore through this tense, smart dystopian novel set in a quarantined Gulf Coast ravaged by superstorms. The world-building was superb, and the book was thoughtful and cinematic - I'm honestly shocked it hasn't been optioned for a mini-series. Thanks to my fellow Book Squad-ers Kate and Kimberly for the recommendation!

Jan 01, 2017

I wanted to love this book, and I did love parts of it.

Let's start with the good: The atmosphere of Orleans is well established. The stakes are high, and they don't really get any lower. Fen has a number of things stacked up against her, but she continues to be a strong character from start to finish. Daniel has a lot of growth throughout the book as well.

The bad: It took me a while to get used to the cadence of the language, which later contributed to Fen as a character, but it made me put down the book for several months before picking it up again. I think the language was sometimes paid more attention to than the actual plot. There were times where Fen would suggest they do something, and then it just happens without actual description of it happening. It felt very, very rushed in certain parts, which made the plot hard to follow for a leisure read.

I also believe that certain parts were a little too lucky. Arriving right on time, guessing the outcomes correctly, being able to outrun things and hide. While the stakes were high, there were very little "almost death" encounters. Fen always manages to escape before the worst of it happens, before it gets worse.

I won't get into the ending too much for fear of spoilers, but I will say that I am not happy with this trend in YA books that I'm reading. Maybe I just have bad luck and tend to pick up stories that have similar endings, but I am getting annoyed with reading a similar theme time and time again.

LPL_KimberlyL Mar 16, 2016

A post-apocalyptic novel set in a future New Orleans that has been devastated by hurricanes and a new disease called the delta fever. The story follows Fen de la Guerre, of the O-Positive blood tribe, who must survive attacks from rival blood tribes, the danger and rubble of the former city, and other environmental plagues to get a newborn infant to safety before she is infected by the delta fever. The author writes about New Orleans (or Orleans as it is called now) with such beauty and respect--this book is a true homage to the resilience and strength of the people who have made their home there. This one will keep you up, reading late in to the night to finish the story.

LPL_KateG Feb 23, 2016

Thanks to @LPL_KimberlyL for the recommendation - this one was compelling and wonderful. I loved the character development and the writing kept me turning the pages into the night.

Jul 05, 2015

I really enjoyed how the story revolved around a strong female lead, who worked together with a male lead, but did not revolve around romance. The post apocalyptic world of Orleans was a great setting and the tribe system that represented racism was captivating.

multcolib_lauralw Sep 22, 2014

If you like Hunger Games you might like this. This action story has great characters especially Fen de la Guerre.

AliReads Jul 11, 2014

Such excellent dystopia! So far from the cookie-cutter dystopian books that are everywhere. Excellent characters, Fen de la Guerre is actually the BEST. Strongest voice I've read in a while.

No romance! Which is a relief since Fen is sixteen and dorkward-but-earnest scientist Daniel is way older. No romance, but a whole lot of love, and two vital, life altering missions.

Some warning for rape, though.

sit_walk Nov 18, 2013

First few chapters were great. But then just as things started rolling it bit the biscuit with some completely implausible strangeness (which is saying a lot for sci-fi)...too bad... had potential...

Jun 25, 2013

I liked how this takes place way in the future when New Orleans had to face more hurricanes even harsher than Katrina. Those left in Orleans have delta fever and are separated from the rest of the world. Fen must get her tribe leader's baby over the wall where she can have a somewhat better life, without the fear of brothels or those who would use her as as a blood slave. Fen doesn't know who she can trust, and those she does can stab her in the back and with a baby it's even more difficult getting to the border. Though I liked this book, and learning about the different blood types, the tribe speak, Fen used, became annoying after a while and probably wasn't really needed. The theme throughout was New Orleans will rise again and heal herself.


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