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Orleans, Sherri L. Smith

Label
Orleans
Title
Orleans
Statement of responsibility
Sherri L. Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Award
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2016
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 8-12 In Smith’s compelling and disturbing novel, the Gulf Coast has been formally separated from the U.S. since 2025, after a deadly plague called Delta Fever emerges from the horrific conditions following years of increasingly destructive hurricanes. A brief but effective “Before” section summarizes years of backstory with a time line showing the dates and casualties of seven hurricanes (starting with Katrina in 2005 and ending in 2019). There are also excerpts from the “official” declarations of quarantine (2020) and separation (2025). The “After” section begins with the dialect narrative of 15-year-old orphan Fen de la Guerre. Survivors have divided themselves into tribes based on blood type, which now matters more than race, religion, or wealth. Fen’s tribe is ambushed, and her leader and best friend, Lydia, dies in childbirth, leaving Fen to care for the baby girl. Determined to honor Lydia’s dying request to get the infant outside the Wall to the safety of the Outer Lands, Fen begins her journey and meets Daniel, a determined, naive young scientist who has illegally crossed the Wall, believing he can find a cure for Delta Fever. Alternating chapters of Fen’s strong and often lyrical voice and a third-person account from Daniel’s point of view move the complicated plot briskly. There are a few too many plot threads, but ultimately, they do not detract from the powerful, relevant themes: global warming, racism, political corruption, and the complexity of human nature. -- Carton, Debbie (Reviewed 02-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 11, p51)
  • Gr 8 Up — After Hurricane Katrina, a series of hurricanes hits the Gulf Coast and decimated its population, leaving behind destruction and illness. Fifty years later, Delta Fever has set in, and the government abandoned the residents and constructed a wall to keep illness away from the Outer States. People in Orleans live in tribes according to their blood type, and with blood transfusions often necessary, blood is a commodity that many will take by force. Fifteen-year-old Fen lives in Orleans with her tribe, O-Positive, and her job is to watch over pregnant chieftain Lydia and protect her. When the tribe is attacked, and Fen is left alone with an infant to care for, she faces her past to try to find a better life for the baby. Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States, watched his younger brother die of Delta Fever. This drives him to find a cure, but when he crosses over illegally into Orleans to further his research, he finds that things there are not as he expected. As Fen's and Daniel's paths converge, her tough, experienced character is juxtaposed with Daniel's naÃóve one. Fen's memories reveal a background that is disturbing. Her voice is unique, and the layers of her character are revealed slowly but flawlessly. The few threads that are left dangling could lead easily to a sequel, particularly the hints of government secrecy and the future of the child, but this dark novel stands on its own nicely.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ --Kelly Jo Lasher (Reviewed April 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 4, p172)
  • Smith imagines a captivating and truly frightening future for the United States, one in which six devastating hurricanes follow Katrina's path right into the heart of the crippled Gulf Coast. On the heels of the storms came the quarantine of the entire Gulf Coast region because of Delta Fever in 2020 and the government's complete abandonment of the disease-ravaged sector a mere five years later. Thus, in 2056, 15-year-old Fen de la Guerre and others like her find themselves eking out a living in a primitive society, many choosing to organize themselves into tribes by blood type to gain a modicum of control over the spread of Delta Fever. When Fen's dear friend dies while giving birth, Fen decides to try to get the newborn over the wall to the Outer States so she might have a better life. Meanwhile, a young scientist named Daniel sneaks across the border into Orleans to further his search for a cure for the fever. Fen and Daniel become strong, if unlikely, allies. While a couple of plot points stretch the bounds of believability and some loose ends remain, the richly textured worldbuilding and the complicated relationship between Fen and Daniel, as well as the constant and varied dangers they face, will keep readers up long past their bedtimes. A harrowing and memorable ride. (Science fiction. 14 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10173729
Cataloging source
DLC
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Smith, Sherri L
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
750
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.S65932
LC item number
Or 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
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True
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  • Science fiction
  • Virus diseases
  • New Orleans (La.)
  • Virus diseases
  • New Orleans (La.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Orleans, Sherri L. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
324 p.
Isbn
9780399252945
Lccn
2012009634
System control number
(OCoLC)785390173
Label
Orleans, Sherri L. Smith
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
324 p.
Isbn
9780399252945
Lccn
2012009634
System control number
(OCoLC)785390173

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