Entertaining but Disappointing

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I had high hopes for The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe, but I was disappointed. It got off to a promising start, but fell flat in the end.

Poe Blythe lives in the Outpost. A few years ago she and her boyfriend took their first gold mining voyage on a mining ship in the Serpentine River. Unfortunately, the raiders, who live outside the Outpost, boarded the ship and killed Poe’s boyfriend. Since then Poe has vowed revenge. Through cunning political maneuvering, Poe manages to be named captain of the very last mining voyage for the Outpost. Now is her chance to get revenge. However, she finds that there is a traitor among her crew.

My main complaint about this book is the vague world building. Poe lives in the Outpost, but we never really learn too much about life at the Outpost, why the Outpost exists, or its history. In my opinion, Poe’s story could have been told without the science fiction world the author created for her. The world is so under-developed as to make it superfluous. Perhaps the author had a point for that; if there was, however, it was lost on me.

OK, now that I have the negatives out of the way, let me talk about the positives. The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe is a quick, entertaining read. At no point during my reading did I find myself bored or impatient. The pacing is very good and the characters are believable.

Overall, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe was a forgettable read but thankfully a quick and entertaining one. Thank you to the publisher and Bookish First for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.