December 24, 2013

Orleans - Review

by Sherri L. Smith

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 Review
Between hurricanes and the Delta Fever the Gulf Coast has become a different way of life. Tribes are set up by blood type and fights among them are breaking out. The Outer States have no clue what it is like inside the Delta. Fen is a member of the O positive blood tribe. It is attacked and she is left with a newborn baby the leader left with her. She has to get it over the wall into the Outer States before her blood is tainted. She meets Daniel along the way. A scientist who has sneaked into the Delta. They work together to get through the Delta hoping for the chance to escape. 

This was an interesting book as it has a different feel to it. People are separated by their blood type and some blood types are hunted down. The author does a great job building the world up as you can see it as you read. There isn't a love match in this book. It is really about survival and how Fen tries her best to keep Baby Girl safe. She has to face many challenges along the way and at first you don't know for sure whether she will trust Daniel or not. He is there for a reason but it isn't to hurt Fen. He wants to find a cure. You may at first be thrown by how Fen talks but you quickly get use to that. I like how they have to work together and learn to be friends. If you like Dystopian/Apocalyptic books you will probably enjoy this one.

3 out of 5 Bats~Pam

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