The Power by Naomi AldermanThe Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power

byNaomi Alderman

Paperback | January 8, 2019

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What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
"The Poweris our era'sThe Handmaid's Tale." --Ron Charles,Washington Post
*WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION*
One of theNew York Times'sTen Best Books of the YearOne of President Obama's favorite reads of the YearALos Angeles TimesBest Book of the Year
One of theWashington Post'sTen Best Books of the YearAnNPRBest Book of the Year
One ofEntertainment Weekly'sTen Best Books of the Year
ASan Francisco ChronicleBest Book of the YearABustleBest Book of the Year
APasteMagazine Best Novel of the YearANew York Times Book ReviewEditors' Choice
An Amazon Best Book of the Year

"Alderman's 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
All over the world women and girls are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain, and even death. And with this small twist of nature, everything changes drastically.

Ambitious and provocative, visceral and page-turning, award-winning author Naomi Alderman's THE POWER at once takes us on a journey to an alternate reality and exposes our own world in bold and surprising ways.
Naomi Aldermanis the recipient of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction forThe Power.She is also the author ofThe Liars' GospelandDisobedience,which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in ten languages, and has been made into a film by Rachel Weisz. Alderman was selected forGranta'sonce-a-decade list of Best o...
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Title:The PowerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 8, 2019Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316547603

ISBN - 13:9780316547604

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Social Commentary This is a difficult book to review. I loved the concept and the writing is fantastic, the wide array of characters is interesting, and the social commentary is incredible. However, there was a little something about this book that did not quite work for me and I can’t quite put my finger on it. There is a lot going on in The Power. When girls get this electrical power that boys don’t get the power dynamics of the entire world shift, throwing the world into torment. It is really difficult to read about some of the abuses that women then inflict on men, creating a complete reversal of the patriarchy we have now–and this shines a light on how women are being treated today to see the same things happening to men. I will say, this book took me awhile to read because of the amount of violence. I get why it was there, but that doesn’t make it any easier to read. Maybe that’s part of the problem, women, in this scenario, become oppressors of men. Alderman seems to be saying that whoever has power will use it to hold down those who don’t, that might makes right. But maybe that is part of her commentary or her way of shining a light on the current patriarchy.
Date published: 2019-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bit of a Let Down I was expecting more from this given Margaret Atwood's endorsement. Very well written and great premise for the novel but found it difficult to get through.
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a cool concept! Just walked into the Chapters looking for a good weekend read and grabbed this book after reading that Margaret Atwood had read and enjoyed the book (later finding out that she may be little more “involved” then I initially thought). Regardless - love Margaret Atwood’s writing so I thought this could be interesting and it didn’t disappoint. I just love books with new concepts and new ideas and that’s what I got here. I also know that I’m still thinking about it after finishing reading it and that’s something that also resonates for me. Pick it up if you need something new!
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong An incredible perspective at the way the world is, corruption, abuse of power, feminism, and it was just very raw and honest. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another must read feminist dystopia Handmaid's Tale has a new companion on your bookshelf.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Women Take Over The concept of the book was an interesting one but I didn't really get into it. I'm not sure if it's because I felt uncomfortable reading certain bits (and I don't usually feel uncomfortable) or whether I was annoyed about how extreme the result was of women having power.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Genius A book that quickly made me realize how power corrupts, and how whoever holds that power, no matter how good they might be, mess up in the end.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I liked this book. It was entertaining and made me think even after I finished it.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from powerful ideas, poor execution Interesting idea and storylines but like one of the other reviews says... a little bit of a poor execution? I'm not sure what there is about it that doesn't sit well when reading it but it didn't quite feel like an empowering alternative to what life as we know it can be. Not how people can work through their differences and against fear, but imagines a world where power is still abused... Anyway, still good though!
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Women's Revolution! This book is #girlpower, showcasing a world where women rule men and switch the patriarchy social construction. It is very thought provoking, riveting, and makes you question reality!
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating concept Very interesting read on gender hierarchy and the effects of physical power. Not sure how I feel about the conclusion though.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really makes you think I loved this book and was frustrated by it at the same time. Very well written and thought provoking about what makes masculinity and femininity.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Empowering and Reflective This book gives you a lot to think about. I knew it would be a good book, but I found it a little hard to get into, but knew I needed to keep going. You'll ask yourself many questions and will think differently about certain fundamental ideas. It was a really interesting and engaging book and I liked it.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Important book, but poor execution Execution is the key word for The Power. I’ve been dying to read this book since it first came out, but I’ve been seeing it get some mixed reviews and now I can understand why. This book had such a great premise, but I think it was a bit of a miss on the execution, which is so disappointing. The Power is a dystopian, science fiction novel in which women have developed the power to basically electrocute people and things using their hands. They can take down electrical grids, burn trees and structures, and kill people using the power. The book is told from the point of view of a male historian recounting the events of when women first gained the power. Girls start developing the power at 15 and can awaken it in other women. Their power comes from a skein in their collarbones that all women have, but has never been awakened until now. As you can imagine, women suddenly developing this power totally flips gender dynamics and this book focuses on the perspectives of 3 women and 1 man from different parts of the world. There’s Margot, an American mayor; Allie, a teenage runaway; Roxy, daughter of a British drug dealer; and Tunde, a Nigerian boy turned reporter. The book definitely had a strong start and I was super into it at the beginning, but I got a bit frustrated as things progressed because I felt like the author lacked an obvious theme or direction. I feel like she had a lot of different ideas and themes and sadly, I thought they were poorly executed and took away from the story. I think she needed a more focused direction. My biggest struggle is that I just don’t know what the central theme is. Is it that this reversal in gender dynamics just ends up with a reversal of male/female roles? Or that even if women developed the ability to electrocute men, it would still be a huge struggle for them to gain power and men would be just as destructive towards women as they’ve always been? Is the author’s point that power can turn anyone into a monster? That women are just as vicious and oppressive as men have been and don’t deserve power? Or is she just trying to help men better understand the ways they currently harm and hurt women and how obvious these inequalities become through a simple reversal of gender roles? Maybe I’m too dense to figure it out, but I feel like Naomi Alderman was trying to make all these points, which is why the book fell flat. There are definitely authors out there who can address this many ideas in a novel, but I feel like you need some kind of central theme and that the writing got overwhelmed by the ideas in this book and they just all lacked development. I don’t think the author needed to connect the multiple viewpoints the way that she did in this book. The characters seem to just randomly come across each other and help out each other’s storylines, but I felt that instead it made each individual storyline more disjointed and less impactful.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely REMARKABLE This book is absolutely PHENOMENAL, and will land a top spot in my Best Reads of 2018 list, without question. The Power follows 4 very different characters as they move through a new world, in which women have an immense physical power that can cause incredible pain, injury and death to anyone they choose to use it on. Tunde, a rich Nigerian kid who finds himself immersed in recording this incredible new world; Allie, a foster kid whose religious guardians shape her desire to escape; Roxy, a tough girl, bred from a London family of thugs; and Margot, a ruthless politician whose ambition knows no bounds. These characters are shaped by the world they lived in before, and this new dawn, where teenage girls are something to be equally revered and feared, where women become the dominant sex, and where rules were made to be broken. The repercussions of this power ripple out, and the world finds itself on a precipice of making the same mistakes over again in the never ending battle for domination. This book is riveting - I could not put this down. I found myself equally thrilled, horrified, inspired and heartbroken - Naomi Alderman has created a powerful piece of work that subtly probes at the underlying question of how different would our world look, really, if the dominant gender roles were reversed and history had a chance to rewrite itself. Fans of Margaret Atwood will delight in this. An absolutely brilliant choice for book clubs everywhere, this read will be sparking debate for weeks and months to come
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of the year! I read a lot of books and this was my favorite book I read all year. It is a very timely novel. It was fascinating to image what would happen if the status quo of the world was upended in such a big way. From a religious standpoint, a political standpoint and a cultural stand point tthere would drastic shifts. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting read not the strongest writing, but raises so many questions that you'll be thinking of it long afterwards
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Just finished this book a couple of days ago and I thought it was a good read. The premise is definitely intriguing and the conclusions drawn at the end of it make you stop and think, for sure. It may not be a classic, so to speak, but I would definitely recommend it to a few people I know!
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay Read The Power has left me with very mixed feelings. I loved the idea and overall concept. Imagine a world where women suddenly develop the power to produce electricity from within themselves and are able to project that power outwards! Doesn't that sound awesome?! About halfway I felt the story became stagnant and I was bogged down with one of the perspectives (as the book is told through four perspectives) and found my attention span was leaving midway through chapters. Unfortunately it just felt a bit too long for me. I definitely would've preferred this one as a short story.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting premise, although the writing style leaves a bit to be desired at times.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's way more to this book than I expected! What an interesting book! It seemed to drag a little bit in the middle, but overall it was a real page turner and I was very intrigued by how "The Power" impacted each of the characters and the whole world in general.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's way more to this book than I expected! What an interesting book! It seemed to drag a little bit in the middle, but overall it was a real page turner and I was very intrigued by how "The Power" impacted each of the characters and the whole world in general.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting read I have to say this was an interesting read. I wish there were half stars because I would give it s it a solid 3.5. The reason I am not rating it higher is because I am not a fan of the writing style. I don't want to give anything away but it is a personal preference in regards to POVs. I also enjoy when writers describe the setting so I can picture exactly what my surroundings are like; these descriptions were quite vague. You can see M. Atwood's mentorship but this is no Handmaid's tale. What this book does though is really look at the a parallel's of present day vs what is happening in the book. It is quite thought provoking in that way but the ending left me wanting more. Good book to read if you are looking for a new feminist syfy novel to read. A solid book club book as there are many things to 'unpack' and discuss.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like it Not just a woman's book. I enjoyed and recommend it
Date published: 2017-06-07

From the Author

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?"The Power is our era's The Handmaid's Tale." --Ron Charles, Washington Post*WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION*One of the New York Times's Ten Best Books of the YearOne of President Obama's favorite reads of the YearA Los Angeles Times Best Book of the YearOne of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of the YearAn NPR Best Book of the YearOne of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of the YearA San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the YearA Bustle Best Book of the YearA Paste Magazine Best Novel of the YearA New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceAn Amazon Best Book of the Year"Alderman's 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 All over the world women and girls are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain, and even death. And with this small twist of nature, everything changes drastically.Ambitious and provocative, visceral and page-turning, award-winning author Naomi Alderman's THE POWER at once takes us on a journey to an alternate reality and exposes our own world in bold and surprising ways.

Editorial Reviews

"When we say that The Power is profoundly disturbing and you may well want to argue with it as you read, we mean that in a good way."
-SFX, Five Stars