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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Action-packed adventure tale of revenge, political secrets.

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This exciting action-adventure story has lots of twists, turns, and suspense. The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe deftly balances rousing action and intrigue. Poe is a young woman trying to command respect from her crew while also battling real enemies and grief-induced rage. The setting conjures up a steampunk-type world with interesting contraptions depicted alongside old-timey ships and weapons. Though it's an adventure tale, the story examines the human, political, and environment consequences of gathering and hoarding resources.

Author Ally Condie effectively shows the complicated gray areas between political right and wrong, which kicks this story up a rung from other action-oriented books. Poe is a strong, complicated female character who matures emotionally during her short journey. Her inner thoughts of revenge and paranoia start to wear thin at times, and a reveal falls flat, but the overall pace and content of the story are engaging, thought-provoking, and fun.

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