Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose?
There is something Poe Blythe, the seventeen-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River.
Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be, and the ways love can change and shape you. Even–and especially–when you think all is lost.
Intricately crafted and emotionally gripping, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe is the compelling story of one young woman’s journey to move beyond the grief and anger that control her and find the inner strength to chart her own course.
First – a HUGE thank you to the publisher for sending a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Second – on to the review! This was a quick and unique read. I’ve read a lot of dystopian stories in my day but this felt fresh and different. I won’t heavily recap the story as you can read above what it’s about.
Most of this story revolves around ships and gold. How could that not entice everyone to read it?! We find out in the beginning the tragedy that Poe experienced and that sort of set the tone for the rest of the story. It was a great insight into why she did a lot of what she did. Years after the event, Poe was put in command of her own voyage and she struggled that a lot. Understandable so but she was able to put her own conflicts aside to do what was in the best interest of everyone. That made for a thrilling and adventurous tale.
The issues that Poe struggled with and the demons she fought felt real. I saw her character grow and develop as the story continued. She was a very fleshed out and yet flawed character. She never walked around as the helpless female but also knew she was not above asking for help. The rest of the cast of characters really helped round out the entire story.
Do I recommend this story? Absolutely. It was well done with a very well developed world, complex characters, and a fast paced story – what isn’t there to enjoy? I would not be opposed to this being the start of a new series starting one Poe Blythe.
Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy and co-author of the Darkdeep middle grade series. She is also the author of the novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award Finalist. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director of the nonprofit WriteOut Foundation. AllyCondie.com Twitter @AllyCondie
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