“My tribe be O-Positive, or OP. And our chieftrain, Lydia don’t take kindly to the blood trade. O types don’t be needing transfusions like ABs do. The Fever be in us, but it ain’t eating O blood up from the inside like to do other types. So O types got to be extra careful of hunters and the farms where they be taking they kidnapped victims to drain them alive” (Page 16).
The Story Orleans takes place after devastating hurricanes and many casualties ranging from severe outbreaks, tetanus, suicide, heart attacks caused by stress of loss, and even lack of medicine that results into the quarantine. I choose the passage above because recently throughout the semester we have been discussing diversity within literature, most differences were results of physical composition, Shori being Inca, Big Hero 6 where robot ethics were put into questions, as well as Ms. Marvel with Kamala and her overall transformation.
With Orleans this futuristic society is broken up by tribes, and the tribes are classified by blood types. Fen de la Guerre explains how there in a sense is a hierarchy with each blood type due to the fact that each type is different in the sense of how it’s receptacle to the Fever. O types are fortunate enough that there is already fever within them so they are able to handle it better than other types like Abs would. I feel that this broken down rankings of tribe types will definitely be the core of how the story develops, since the understanding of blood types is seen with such importance.
I also wanted to highlight the language of the novel, Sherri Smith writes this novel not in proper English there are many grammatical errors, example “My tribe be O-Positive…So O types got to be extra careful…” These broken grammatical conversations can be foreshadowing of truly how set back these tribes are due to the fact that they are separated from an evolving technological society by “the Wall” that is mentioned within the novel.