The Power

The Power

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When a new force takes hold of the world, people from different areas of life are forced to cross paths in an alternate reality that gives women and teenage girls immense physical power that can cause pain and death.
A rich Nigerian boy; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. When a vital new force takes root and flourishes, their lives converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls and women now have immense physical power-- they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And everything changes.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First North American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316547611
Characteristics: 386 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Feb 16, 2018

I really enjoyed this book with its total swap of the male female universe and the exploration of power. Is the tendency toward violence inherent, or just because someone can? Very thought provoking. I will look for more from this author.

Feb 06, 2018

Got halfway through and decided it wasn't worth the time it would take to finish it. Predictable dystopian scenario's, nothing really interesting and the switching from one person's viewpoint to another was annoying.

Feb 02, 2018

As mentioned previously, this book contains deeply disturbing scenes of sexual violence. It left me deeply unsettled when I finished it late last night. My mind was too agitated to fall asleep.

Knowing that the author was part of a mentorship program with Margaret Atwood explains the confusing framing device between the fictional author and a reviewer. It reminded me of the postscript in a Handmaid's Tale.

Overall, I was disappointed with the missed opportunities as pointed out by previous reviewers. Perhaps a few more drafts were in order before publishing.

Jan 24, 2018

**SPOILER ALERT** I wanted to love this book, but it disappointed me deeply. The writing is engaging, the characters are interesting, the switcheroo premise is interesting & believably executed, the development kept me turning pages and was often jaw-dropping. But... and this is a BIG but... this book wanted to be so radical, and it wants to pretend that it IS so radical, and it's not.
This author missed such an amazing opportunity to examine the nature of power itself, rather than just switching gender roles (we've seen that in so many B movies already!). Once again, 'POWER' = the power to hurt, to coerce, to destroy. I kept waiting for the author to make a radical move and show us that POWER is also (I'd argue more fundamentally) the power to create, love, and heal. What if giving women this new gift had enabled at least SOME of them to coalesce in joyful solidarity? What if the twist had given us a real show-down between two radically different conceptions of power? I kept waiting for the author to show me something new. All I got was 'power corrupts women as quickly as it does men.' A valid hypothesis, but nothing as fresh or radical as the blurbs led me to hope.

Jan 22, 2018

This book kind of shook me to my core. With a narrative that examines and flips the power dynamic of men and women this book felt like an incredibly timely read right now. Naomi Alderman took the idea of a women-lead society to a place I haven't seen before.

Jan 20, 2018


Jan 20, 2018

I really liked this book, and finished it in three days which is fast for me given my schedule. It felt somewhat like "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card in some respects, with a story that focused on individuals who play major roles in the future of the planet. It doesn't paint a pretty picture of men OR women when given power over others. I liked the framing conceit of the story, which implied (to me) that we are destined to live out a horrific future, and that horror is cyclical: build, fail, destroy, repeat...

DPLjennyp Jan 16, 2018

Great storytelling and so very topical right now.

Dec 19, 2017

One of the New York Times Best 10 Books of 2017

#8 on Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of 2017

Dec 18, 2017

I picked this up b/c I found it on a number of "Best of 2017" lists. It was interesting and engaging, but not really a thriller or an intense "page turner." The genre is one that I like - our recognizable universe, but with a twist - women have an innate power to electrically shock men and cause them great pain or pleasure (or both together.) Reading this in light of the #metoo movement adds a dimension of realism about the complicated gender relationships which arise in the world of the book where women have all of the power. And like the famous quote: Absolute power corrupts absolutely as the book's world of literally empowered women becomes as violent and cruel (albeit in slightly different ways) as our own.

I am confused though by the framing device of the story being a fictionalization of events that happened in the distant (?) past. I could have done without the correspondence between the male author of the "historical fiction" within the larger novel and his female editor as this didn't add anything to the overall story for me.

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