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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie
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really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-sci-fi

I've started this review before I finish the book. I've been wanting to get into this one for a while. Ally Condie is one of my favorite authors in general in or outside of the YA world. Her Matched trilogy is every bit as good, if not better than Hunger games.

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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe starts out with our heroine sailing on a ship that is dredging gold out of the river. The vessel is boarded by raiders and tragedy strikes. Poe spends the next two years coming up with an armor that will kill any raider who attempts to board the vessel again.

She is sent on a dredging expedition and talks her way into becoming the Captain of the ship. Things do not go smoothly, they rarely do…otherwise there would be no book!

What follows is an extraordinary personal journey. On the surface you have a girl who is the Captain of her ship, sailing down the river in order to find gold for the Admiral. Underneath the basic plot, you have a story of self-discovery and healing.

One of the things that I really enjoyed about this novel is that there is a vast world history that is hinted at in a way that leaves you wanting more. Why is there an Outpost? What caused the world and society to break into these new factions? If they are out in the middle of nowhere, where did all the supplies come from? While I have all these questions and would love to have them answered, they are all secondary to the main plot.

I would have loved for this book to be longer. I wouldn't even mind a sequel just because I want to know more about the world in which Poe lived. That being said, it's well rounded on its own and I don't actually feel like anything is missing.
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Reading Progress

June 9, 2019 – Started Reading
June 9, 2019 – Shelved
June 10, 2019 – Finished Reading
January 20, 2020 – Shelved as: fantasy-sci-fi

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