Orleans

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.

Summary from Goodreads, Amazon UK

First of all, let me say that this is one dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel where I really like the setting. Normally I put up with the setting because that is how the story came about but this is one book where the setting was such a part of the story, with it seeming to come alive in the book. The contrast between the Delta and the Outer States as well, especially with Daniel emphasising that things aren’t perfect in the Outer States either. And the history of Orleans was woven into the setting really well -the world-building was excellent.

The characters were interesting and each had their own individual personalities but especially Fen. Fen was so well-rounded and everything she did was logical to her, even if it wasn’t the smartest/kindest decision available. She was a protagonist with a tragic past had been taught that trust and kindness got you killed  but she was still kind. With Enola and Daniel.

The twist at the end was foreshadowed the whole time but it still surprised me. I really thought there was going to have a happy ending for all three of them. I would love to see more of Daniel and Enola.

My favourite scene was the parade where they were all celebrating that they were still there in Orleans and naming all the hurricanes they had survived. It was chilling in the best way.

I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars!

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