Okay, so the caveat with this book is that it is outside of my preferred genre. I know, I know…you’re going to say it, you don’t like SciFi? What’s wrong with SciFi? Have you tried reading……
Yes, I have. I have read a few great SciFi books actually, it’s just a more difficult genre for me to get into.
That said, this book was one that hit my must read list, and it is my submission for my SciFi fantasy check box on this year’s reading challenge list!
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie looks like this:
And no doubt the book’s publicist will be happy to hear that I picked it up because of the book trailer that filtered through to my Facebook page. Its available HERE!
Poe Blythe lives at the Outpost, a last standing wilderness city run by the Admiral, in a post-apocalyptic world. Poe and her beloved Call want to escape and plan to run away while on a wilderness mission on the dredge, a large, heavy ship that searches for gold along the river bed, leaving destruction in its wake.
Poe knows that the ship does damage but it’s her only escape from the Outpost. But things go terribly wrong when raiders attack their party with devastating consequences. Poe finds herself drawn to the ship. It is no longer her means of escape, but instead becomes her personal weapon. A tool to reap revenge upon all those who have wronged her.
Poe becomes the quintessential harbinger of justice to those that have it coming. But the world has lessons for Poe too, and when push comes to shove, secrets are revealed that may change the course of Poe’s wrath.
What’s fabulous about this book is the understated drama. Poe is a calm, lethal and methodical character, and the gender role reversal which brings her to the fore as an unabashed broken hero, is brilliant. The development of character here works very well, and the story serves to highlight a coming of age, which is not a coming of age, but perhaps a realization that life is not always what it seems and can in fact drastically change our pre-existing mindset.
Condie is a great writer and authors with compassion and passion. The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe has enough action, drama, romance and twists to keep the reader interested.
So, yes, even though this is one of my more difficult genres to read, this one is worth it.
Please grab a copy and give it a try. This is one to add to your list of books to recommend to readers seeking a strong, lithe, interesting and broken female lead, with a great depth of character.