Unmoored by the loss of her first love, Poe Blythe has created deadly armor to protect the Outposts last dredge as it sets sail to pan for gold. Led by a man known only as The Admiral, Poe's grief and anger serves a purpose. But when her ship is attacked by drifters downriver, Poe's faith is tested. Why do the drifters hate the dredge?
Poe's survival depends on more than her engineering skills, but who can she trust?
The fierce new YA novel from Ally Condie, author of the bestselling Matched trilogy
“A compelling, serpentine journey into the heart of grief, the way it can threaten to destroy, and what it looks like to survive.” —Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
“With its wonderful subversion of gender tropes and achingly real characters, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe takes readers on an epic journey to unearth life’s true treasures. Ally Condie has knocked it out of the park.” —Renée Ahdieh, bestselling author of Smoke in the Sun and The Wrath & the Dawn
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 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.
About the Author
Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy and co-author of the Darkdeep middle grade series. She is also the author of the novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award Finalist. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Ally has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director of the nonprofit WriteOut Foundation.
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A Seventeen “Best YA Novel of 2019”
“Poe makes a fierce, conflicted and interesting heroine as she slowly awakens from her downward spiral of rage…. Ally Conde offers nonstop action, a Wild West Frontier-type setting, colorful characters, a vividly drawn dystopian world and a sinister leader.” –The Buffalo News
“[An] intensely character-driven novel, which digs a human heart out of an apocalyptic wasteland. A precise, introspective story about the trajectory of grief.” –Booklist
“A swashbuckling steampunk mashup of Mark Twain and Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet.” –Kirkus
“Smart and strong, [Poe] fights to protect her ship above everything else. Condie has created a well-rounded character who defies typical gender roles…. The story is well-woven and compelling.” –SLJ
Praise for Ally Condie’s Matched Trilogy:
“This futuristic fable of love and free will asks: Can there be freedom without choice? The tale of Cassia's journey from acceptance to rebellion will draw you in and leave you wanting more.” –Cassandra Clare, New York Times-bestselling author of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series
“A superb dystopian romance.” –The Wall Street Journal