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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

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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.

Revenge.

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 Serpentin
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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    Jes Reads
    Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
    Thank you so much to Penguin Teen and Dutton books for an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe was a surprising read for me. it follows Poe on her journey of revenge following the death of the person she loves. But the story is so much more than that. Poe is stricken with grief, which turns to anger. She uses that anger to build up her walls and build up the armor on the machines they use in the book to gather gold from the Serpentine river. But
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    Laura *crofteereader
    Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Poe Blythe has a familiar story: she fell in love, she went on what should have been an adventure, and the boy she loved was taken from her. Instead of running away (which would continue that familiar story) she becomes obsessed, driven entirely by a need for revenge. She has a brilliant mind but keeps her distance from other people, snatching power for herself when she's given the chance.

    When she's told that everything is not as it seems, she doesn't try to change sides, not really. She is her
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    Billie
    Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
    I'm not sure how I felt about this one. It is a huge tonal change from the Matched trilogy, which is both good and bad. The book is very focused on Poe's grief and her quest for revenge, which means the reader knows and understands Poe very well. Unfortunately, this focus means that the development of the other characters and the world building both suffered. I also didn't quite understand Poe's change of heart in the last third or so of the book. It seemed more necessary to the story Condie was ...more
    Jordan (pagetravels)
    Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
    The last quarter was mildly action-packed, but overall this book just wasn't at all exciting. The plot didn't feel high-stakes so I was never really invested in the story. Poe was complex in that her feelings of grief/revenge made her kind of dark, but that's been done so many times in other books and has been done so much better by other authors that, to me, she wasn't an interesting or unique protagonist. Not to mention that her thought processes seemed to change out of nowhere and for no part ...more
    Doxielover367
    Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I would like to start off by saying thank you to Penguin Teen and Dutton books for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe is a great YA dystopian novel. Ally Condie has a very precise way of writing that gives the reader exactly what they need to know to understand the characters and the setting of the story without being bogged down with unnecessary fluff and filler. The adventure of Poe is very exciting and there are multiple parts of the story that
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    Olivia Farr
    Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: other-reviews
    "The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe" is a fascinating YA fantasy/dystopian that is even better than Condie's Matched series. The book begins two years back when Poe is on a dredge voyage, working on a ship that mines the rivers for gold. She is madly in love with Call, the only person she has, and together, they count the stars and the time until they can escape. Both grew up in the orphanages of the Outpost, where work is hard and death is well-known. Raiders, people who live outside the Outpost, fr ...more
    Sana
    Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received the paperback ARC through a Goodreads giveaway.

    This book was unexpected, because of the characters, and because of the suspense. First thing you're asking yourself as you read is 'why is this Poe Blythe's last voyage?'. The buildup is great, and the conclusion is satisfying. There's suspense because there are so many questions, like what the setting is, who's lying and who's not. And then, the characters were surprising, mostly Poe. In the first half of the book I didn't even remembe
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    Bailey
    Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
    The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe is a dystopian journey where both sides are fighting over the prize: gold. Poe went on another voyage two years ago and that one ended with Call's death and the restructuring of her focus to kill as many raiders as possible. Like any good dystopia there is more to the story, and the raiders and the settlers are not all that they seem. The story itself is very fast paced. They never stay in one situation long enough to let any dust settle on them. Each circumstance i ...more
    Audrey Adamson
    Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I loved The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe. Even though it's about gold mining bu boat, this is a story about the human race's future and not their past.
    Poe and Call are out on the deck during the evening while there mining ship goes down river. Call is Poe's best friend and soul mate but his life is cut short when he is killed by raiders, savages that left their civilized town to strike out on their own. Poe channels her revenge into building armor and raps for the boat; she will find a way to kill
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    Rebecca
    Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: high school, young adult, all ages
    This is my honest review after reading an ARC from PenguinTeen / Dutton Books.
    Even if dystopian novels are not your first choice, you still need to to consider reading THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE since there are some underlying themes that beg comparison to eminent domain attitudes, false promises from political parties, untrustworthy politicians who care only about fattening their own wallets, and even some environmental concerns. The young (17-year-old) yet strong female protagonist (Poe) i
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    Indre
    Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    It is hard to put to words all the feelings about this book. It was an emotionally packed story. The book is about grief and learning to live with it and it hit every nail on the head in fully exploring that theme while providing a bit of an adventurous story. 

    Poe, who is the main character looses her first true love. The one that you think that can conquer the world. And it breaks her. She doesn't become someone inconsolable but uses that grief and anger to create something - she creates weapon
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    Queen Cronut
    Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2018, arcs
    I wasn't that fond of Condie's Matched trilogy so I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

    I liked Poe and her character development as she struggles through grief and a need for revenge on the raiders who murdered Call- her growth made her a stronger character as she navigates her way without Call. Additionally, I liked her character flaws- she was paranoid, reckless and sometimes let her emotions dictate her decisions but she was relatable because the reality is that she's a lost 17-year-old gi
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    Linda Naquin
    Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
    I received this as an ARC for an honest review.

    This book was just okay for me. While I really loved Poe's journey from mindless revenge to compassionate understanding for others, I still needed more. I was initially drawn in by her ruthless, single-minded goal of needing to destroy those who took her one love away. She was a fantastic character. I loved how she trusted no one and therefore every other character was thoroughly suspect to both her and the reader. Throughout the book, I enjoyed her
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    Megan
    Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
    I had to read a few other reviews to really get a handle on why I can't give this book four stars. I liked it, it was a fast read, and the main character was very well-developed (for the most part). Then I realized - it's the rest of it that didn't add up. Poe was really the only thing that was fully fleshed out (besides the ship). The worldbuilding was vague, not much was known, and not much was discovered. The raiders/drifters have their own society somewhere, but there's absolutely no informa ...more
    Heidi
    Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    It’s been a long time since I’ve read a young adult novel. I am so impressed by how far this genre has come since I was a youth. I cannot recall ever reading a story as dark and dystopian as THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE when I was growing up. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop; I finished the book in one sitting. The story was fast-paced, easy to read, and very addicting.

    The story takes place on a ship called the Lily. People from a place called the Outpost use the Lily to mine gold out o
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    Donna172
    Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe is the story of a girl whose world has been ripped from beneath her feet and she is bound and determined to get revenge. When Poe’s best friend is taken from her by the raiders she is obsessed with getting even with them. Her best chance at getting even comes when the Admiral asks her to be captain for a journey on the ship for which she’s designed the armor to keep the raiders off. On this voyage, Por finds out that things aren’t always what they seem.

    The author k
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    Alicia
    Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Because Poe is the title character, it certainly has a lot to do with her. In fact, that’s probably the only thing going on in the story, which is Poe going on a voyage after the death of her beloved friend turned boyfriend, Call. (It’s not a spoiler because it happens at the very beginning).

    It’s the lack of world building or anything truly actually happening that is the conundrum. I kept expecting a character to reveal something, a more immersive world in the Outpost, why they’re mining for go
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    Steph
    Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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    Danielle Hammelef
    Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book surprised me in so many awesome ways. I wasn't expecting to love Poe as much as I did with her flawed motivation for her goals in life. This author pulled me into this dystopian world she created and I felt as if I lived there too.

    Not only did this author create a setting that jumped off the pages, but she breathed life into characters that all had flaws, struggled, laughed, cried, angered. The pacing was spot on to keep me reading and never wanting to stop. The author threw plot twist
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    Vera
    Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I won an ARC of this book through Goodreads Giveaways, and I was very happy to read and review it. I really enjoyed the Matched trilogy, so I was definitely looking forward to this new dystopian adventure by Ally Condie. It was a fun and fast-paced read, and I found the main character, Poe Blythe, to be relatable and interesting to follow. I was also pleased that romance took a back burner to other aspects of the plot and development of the characters. My only complaints are that the plot got a ...more
    Rachel
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
    After reading the Matched trilogy years ago, I was so excited to see Ally Condie come out with The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe, another dystopian novel.

    It's so easy to get caught up in Ally Condie's writing; I had absolutely no problem reading this book in a day.

    The reason I gave The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe three stars was simply due to lack of climactic events and clear resolution. This book seemed to deal with more of Poe's internal journey without much for external action. Obviously I want pe
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    Kelsey
    Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I was lucky to get and ARC from the publisher.

    The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe ended up quite differently from what I expected and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Poe was irritating at times with her hatred and mistrust of everyone though she kinda had a reason when she lost her love, Call right at the beginning. She got better though and started to relate to people instead of wallowing inward and then the story moved along easier for me. I wish there had been more backstory about why the
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    Jill booksandescape
    Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review.

    The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie tells the story of Poe, the captain of the Outpost's last gold mining ship, which she has designed the armor for. Two years ago Poe lost everything when the raiders, who also want the gold, took over the ship she was on. She vows revenge on them when she sets sail once more. This time she is sure there is no way the raiders can get on the ship, due to her deadly armor de
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    Angela
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is bound to become a YA classic! Ally Condie has created a barren land chock full of interesting characters and unique settings.

    Poe is the badass heroine you hope for when you pick up a futuristic novel like this one. She isn't emotionless, but she isn't so struck with emotion that it clouds her every move and choice. I was obsessed with her complexity throughout, and impressed with the depth of her character development. I thought I knew how she would act from the get-go, but I was ge
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    Andrea
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, bookish-first, owned
    Thanks to Bookish First & Dutton Books for an ARC!

    I'm having a hard time putting my thoughts together for this book. I love Poe and her determination for revenge, which turns to compassion for those around her. Seeing her evolve was great. Seeing her feel for other humans again was fantastic.

    But I wish there would have been more base to the story, as far as time and how we got to where we are in the book. How did the Outpost come to be? What year is it? What happened to divide the people th
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    Dana
    Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
    I received an ARC of this novel. I enjoyed Condie's Matched trilogy, and this is another take on a dystopian world through the eyes of a teenager. Poe is a grieving, angry young woman who is seeking revenge for her boyfriend's death. Her anger clouds her ability to see the bigger picture, and the novel is meant to be a journey from blind rage to something else.

    I'm assuming this is the first of a trilogy - I hope it is. Poe is not easy to like, and I hope Condie continues the story so that Poe c
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    Bob
    Feb 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I liked this book

    The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe is set in a futuristic world where the Outpost is a community constantly in search of gold. After her best friend is killed by raiders who boarded their dredge (ships which collect gold), Poe Blythe becomes the lead technician in designing mechanisms to defend the dredges from raiders. Poe is sent on one last voyage, however she receives strange notes and there is a sinister plot in the background.

    I liked this story a lot, there was a lot of good sc
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    Nadine
    Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    What an interesting adventure novel with themes of grief, trust and revenge! I throughly enjoyed the Matched series so occasional references were appreciated but the tone and setting is so different. An entire world is not created but centers on the smaller area of Poe Blythe's mining ship and the Serpentine River. As an adult reader, I was pleased that the love plot was not prominent but instead the plot was about result of the loss of your love and what type of person you will become as a resu ...more
    Cristine Paquette
    Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Poe Blythe is out for revenge after the Raiders kill the boy she loves and she's going to do it by designing the weapons and armor that will kill them all.

    This was exactly what and have grown to expect out of a good story from Ally Condie. I particularly liked how she's able to write a "stereotypical" YA novel while still staying away from being too "trope-y". While love is what motivates this characters story, it isn't the heart of the story and it isn't what influences our main characters deci
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    Amy
    Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
    I enjoyed this story because the details of the world Poe lived in was sparse but enough to give an idea of her post-apocalyptic world. Poe is a force to be reckoned with and I felt like her personality and actions fit the world building and the pace of action. She has lost someone she loves and wants revenge. Her revenge blinds her at time and is her motivation until other things cause her to think differently. There was maybe one mild swear and some kissing and of course violence! Fans of end ...more
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