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Orleans is that very special blend between fiction and scary as all get out reality. This fast paced, adrenaline packed book will leave you wondering if maybe this is the way our world is headed.

Fen knows how to survive in the Delta. She has had to grow up protecting herself from not only the fever which kills but also from blood hungry infected people who need transfusions to survive. When the unthinkable happens and her tribe is overtaken she goes on the run with her chieftain's baby to try and find a way to save her. She runs into a man from the outside who says he is trying to find a cure and together they work towards helping each other.

This world called the Delta is like none other I have ever read about. Centered in New Orleans, this story takes place after a series of massive hurricanes causes’ major infection and then resulting in the Government building The Wall to keep the infection out of the rest of the US. This is truly frightening to me because this could happen. There is nothing made up here, infection and hurricanes are always a possibility. This book truly terrified me and I loved every minute of it. There is no fluff, no extra unneeded romance, or frightening paranormal creatures. This author has managed to take something so simple and make it one of the most terrifying books I have ever read. This is a brilliant read.

Book Blurb for Orleans

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.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 5.00