An emotional look at grief, redefiniing ourselves, and letting ourselves be vulnerable | BookishFirst

An emotional look at grief, redefiniing ourselves, and letting ourselves be vulnerable

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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe is about grief. It's about the depths to which you fall in its maelstrom. But it's also about the quest for Poe to redefine herself. Is Poe a ghost? a murderer? A victim? What I adored about The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe was how multifaceted this book is.

Whether it be how Poe struggles with her grief and loss, or how Poe must navigate the rhetoric and narrative of the Outpost, or even Poe's difficulty accepting people and relationships back into her life. Every aspect just builds to a crescendo throughout the book that will keep you from putting the book down.

Motivated by revenge, Poe is itching for revenge. Robbed of the light in her sky, like a precious star blinking out of existence, Poe's grief fuels her inventive spirit. But what Condie does not shy away from, is the knowledge that grief can twist us into something else. Into betrayal or what our loved ones wouldn't want, into someone they wouldn't recognize. And what we have to ask ourselves is: Who is Poe Blythe? Is she a legend? A myth? A ghost?