DNF Chronicles: Orleans

DNF Chronicles: OrleansOrleans by Sherri L. Smith
Published by Putnam Juvenile on Sherri L. Smith
Pages: 336

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.

Once upon a time, the phrase DNF (Did Not Finish) was not in my vocabulary. But sometimes you find those reads that simply do not click. These unfortunate, DNF reads are cataloged within the DNF Chronicles. Even though the book and I did not click, we hope that you will still give any of the books featured a shot.

Read to: about page 40 of 336

The Final Straw:
Orleans was one of the top dystopians that I had been looking forward to in 2013. In fact, I was so excited when I got my hands on an advanced galley. I could not wait to get into these pages.

Orleans started off so promising. The New Orleans area as we know it today has been ravaged for the last 25 years by one massive hurricane after another. Over time, the people of the city have either died from the storms, their aftermath, or have simply left the city all together. But for those brave souls remaining, a light at the end of the tunnel did not come. Instead, they are met with a new disease, Delta Fever, which causes a change in their society forever. As those remaining try to make a life for themselves, they watch as the city they love deteriorates around them, and discover that they are shut off from the rest of the country as the Government builds a wall around this area and the other effected southern states.

The back story for Orleans, honestly, is probably why I lasted as long as I did. Unlike some other DNF reads, Orleans was really exciting at the beginning. Discovering this world and what has happened to it. I thought we were really going to click. But early on, once our characters really come into play, I discovered a problem. The dialect. Now, I give Sherri L. Smith all the credit in the world for making Orleans authentic, but I simply could not stomach the dialect. Over time, it really started to give me a headache.

I am sure I would have probably enjoyed Orleans if the writing had been different. And I am sure there are plenty of readers would will not be bothered by it. But for me, I just didn't fit.

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4 responses to “DNF Chronicles: Orleans

  1. I am really not feeling optimistic about this book-you are the third blogger to have a DNF post about it that I've seen in the past few days. I will still pick it up when it comes in my review schedule but I'm hesitant.

  2. Oh no! I have to say, that while Orleans didn't immediately grab me, I did enjoy it. It was one of those books that once I was writing the review, I discovered I liked it more than when I was reading it. I also enjoyed that there wasn't some huge cliffhanger for a sequel at the end. I like the way you addressed the book and your feelings about it though! 🙂

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