The Power

The Power

eBook - 2017
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"The Power is our era's The Handmaid's Tale." --Ron Charles, Washington Post "Novels based on premises like the one at the core of The Power can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly -- her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly." --Michael Schaub, NPR **WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION** What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power? In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Little, Brown and Company, 2017
ISBN: 9780316558372
Characteristics: 416 p
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elizali
Apr 03, 2018

Wow. This book was the most intense thing I have read in a long time. It was ghoulishly fun to see power dynamics shifted and a timely reminder that any power imbalance leads to disparity. This book is a page turner with a lot to unpack. Reads like an inverse of The Handmaid's Tale with many of the same themes and takeaways. Must read in 2018!

lindab1111 Mar 25, 2018

I usually don't read dystopian novels. I just don't like the genre. But this title began with a hopeful premise. If women had the power to free themselves literally and figuratively. I wanted this story to be more uplifting. Sadly, women with power were no better and had no vision other than revenge and hate. The world falls into chaos. And the spiritual voice that comes to Mother Eve has no message other than the world needs to be destroyed in order to make way for a "higher" way of being. And then the spiritual voice is done and disappears. What? This book could have been so much more.

multcolib_rachaels Mar 23, 2018

A compelling thriller about women gaining superpowers. But when I finished this book I felt a little disappointed, to me it didn't have much to say about gender. But then I realized: it has a lot of interesting things to say about power. Which she told us in the title.

AL_ANNAL Mar 21, 2018

Would things be different if women were physically more powerful than men? This exploration of how things might be is eye-opening! Rightly chosen as one of the 10 best books of 2017 by the New York Times, NPR, and others.

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 20, 2018

This one reminds me of a flip side of Margaret Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale." I found it riveting.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 19, 2018

The premise of this book is interesting enough, but I felt that it was pretty one-dimensional in the way it approaches sexism and gender issues. I was especially not keen on the presentation of gender as a rigid, unchanging binary.

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jac444
Mar 11, 2018

Quite disappointing really. A plot with little surprises - trite in fact.

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xiaojunbpl12
Mar 08, 2018

Power doesn't care about its owner, human do it because we can.

Good construction (convoluted, intriguing), I was captivated mostly. Gender-based violence, so repulsive to become unbearable under the influence of "Glitter", ended up revolving around a philosophical agenda of human race evolution, which gave me some aha moments, yet to off me a clear view of things in a mixed bag.
I'm for Roxy, Tunde, and Jocelyn who were more than victims and protagonists. I'm not sure of Allie (Mother Eve) and Margot (the opportunist?). Tunde, the only one who record/witness the history truthfully, is male.
Usage of realistic social media across the current world demography made the fantasy plot believable.

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jrcole77
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.

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PearlyKayAm1
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.

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