Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

January 22, 2016
Orleans, Sherri L. Smith, Book Review, InToriLex


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.


Jon Guillaume, Funeral March, InToriLex, Book Review, Orleans, Sherri L. Smith
This book showed me the power of a great story, I'm inspired. I started this book unsure what I was getting into it, because a dystopian in a destroyed Orleans, divided by blood, is a mountain for an author to tackle. However after losing myself in the main character Fen, it has more than exceeded my expectations. Fen is a determined protagonist who never stops moving and finds a way to escape death and destruction over and over again. She uses a simple dialect, that allows her to move throughout the Delta, but she knows French, Patois, Chinese and is teaching herself Spanish. The book slowly uncovers more and more about what makes Fen who she is, and what she has coped with in her past. 
"In the early days before the sky got so angry at the sea and went to war, there was a piece of land between them, and they called her New Orleans. She was a beautiful place, a city that sparkled like diamonds, sang like songbirds and danced a two step to stop men's hearts."
Daniel is a scientist who is ill prepared for what the Orleans is and who occupies it. When he joins up with Fen, their relationship becomes better as they trust and rely on each other. Since most people in Orleans are sick, starving, and clamoring for resources, friendship is a fragile thing grown from necessity. There is really powerful interactions, symbolism and experiences that Fen faces, but she has accepted life as it is fighting hard to not waste her life feeling sorry for herself. The plot moves well, and the contrasting point of views between Daniel and Fen are seamless and compelling. The author succeeds at making Orleans itself a character who reaches out and interacts with the reader.
"What is one human day in the life of a ecosystem? Nothing. And still we cannot see."
 I would recommend this to everyone, as a interesting glimpse into Orleans gone bad, and the different ways a virus could effect how we cope and band together. I enjoy speculative fiction, this was special, in it like in real life not everything is fair or happy. The author did a great job of balancing character development and plot. Fen and her journey for survival will stay with me for a long time.


Kindlemom said...

I love books like this one! So happy you read and loved this.

InToriLex said...

yes very good take on the genre!! Thanks for commenting

Felix Jarikre's Blog said...

This review makes me want to read the book,Orleans. Nice blog you have here!

InToriLex said...

Thanks for commenting and you definitely should. It has surprising and memorable elements!!

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