Review: The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

Posted May 19, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in / 6 Comments

Book info:

TitleThe Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
Author:  Ally Condie
Genre:  YA dystopian
Release Date:  March 26th, 2019
Publisher:  Dutton Books for Young Readers/Penguin Teen
Source:  ARC won on Bookish First which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  4 stars

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.

Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, returns with an intricately crafted and emotionally gripping 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.

My Review:
Honestly, when I first started this, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I had really enjoyed the author’s first series, or at least the first book in that series, Matched, but I hasn’t read anything else by her since then.  I got the chance to read a snippet of this on Bookish First, and it was intriguing enough that I wanted to read more and find out what this world was really all about.  The book kept my interest as I tried to figure out what exactly was going on in this world.  And honestly, a lot of that was kind of kept vague, so not sure if it would really be a dystopian, as I’m not sure it is an Earth like world really.  The further I got into it, it got better and better, so many twists and turns and who was really an ally and who was really an enemy, and how would it all end up.  Definitely a unique story with a lot to keep your interest as you read.  I’ll put it in my school library for students who enjoy this type of story, or her other books, although as I mentioned, this isn’t quite the same thing as that first series.    

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6 responses to “Review: The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

  1. You came into this book exactly as I had. I'd read her Matched series a long time ago and enjoyed it, but didn't love it. Then after reading the first chapters, I decided to give it a try and the twists and trust issues kept me reading and enjoying this book.

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