The Power

The Power

A Novel

Book - 2017
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One of the New York Times 's Ten Best Books of 2017 A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017 One of the Washington Post 's Ten Best Books of 2017 An NPR Best Book of 2017 One of Entertainment Weekly 's Ten Best Books of 2017 A Bustle B est Book of 2017 A Paste Magazine Best Novel of 2017 A San Francisco Chronicle B est Book of 2017 Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

One of President Obama's favorite reads of 2017
" 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
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
An Amazon Best Book of 2017

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: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First North American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316547611
Branch Call Number: FIC Alder
Characteristics: 386 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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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.

Mar 11, 2018

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

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.

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.

OPL_ErinD 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.

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