Tiny Navajo Reads: Orleans

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April 5, 2019 by TinyNavajo

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ◊

*Published March 7, 2013*

orleansThis was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. New Orleans has been destroyed in hurricane after hurricane, a disease has spread, and civilization has died and started again. It’s one of my fave reads of the year!

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.

I’ve been to New Orleans and I can honestly see something like this happening, especially when how Hurricane Katrina destroyed a lot of the levees and dams that were built to keep the floodwaters out of New Orleans. There’s also the idea that disease can run rampant in a place where water ends up as standing water, allowing insects and other disease carrying varmints to grow and live.

For Fen de la Guerre, this is normal. This is life. Life in Orleans is being seperated by blood-type, leading to the Orleans Fever to not being as easily spread throughout the population. But when Fen’s tribe is attacked and destroyed, Fen is left alone with her leader’s newly born daughter with the task to provide a better life for her. This leaves Fen in a predicament: how to get the newborn out of Orleans before her blood is tainted with the Fever.

Fen has to not only support herself, but the newborn, and a scientist who has decided to come over the wall built around Orleans in order to study the disease in order to hopefully find a full-fledged cure for it. We see Fen rely on Daniel not only to help her, but rescue the newborn as well. I loved how this new society was portrayed and how much it was not only similar to what we have now, but it’s also different because society had to restart and grow again. I liked seeing how humans are still the same, whether we are in a society that is newly born or one that has been around for hundreds of years.

Have you been to New Orleans? What do you think of society’s that are broken and then rebuilt in dystopian like societies? Comment below and let me know!

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