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The Power

The Power

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In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there's a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

Title:The Power
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0670919985
Format Type:
Number of Pages:288 pages
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    The Power Reviews

  • Emily May

    It doesn’t matter that she shouldn’t, that she never would. What matters is that she could, if she wanted. Trigger warning: rape.Ooh, this is a toughie. I have a lot of mixed feelings about Alder...

  • Laura

    When a male friend found out I was reading a book in which all women simultaneously develop the power to electrocute people and subsequently seize control of society, he responded "Tch, if that were t...

  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Roxy is a tenacious girl with an influential family. Tunde enjoys lounging poolside after his photo-journalism...

  • karen

    Sometimes it's good to go to war, just to know you can.i’d enjoyed this author’s kinda-sorta The Secret History book, The Lessons, some years ago, and when i saw the cover and description for this...

  • Simon

    Need to think about this one a bit before I review it as my minds a little blown and all over the place. In a very good way. Alderman creates an empowering (pun not intended) and in turns terrifying* ...

  • Britta Bhler

    A clever and inventive novel which looks at the concept of 'gender' (what is male / what is female), through the story of young girls suddenly developping new powers. If you think (like I did, I admit...

  • Charmaine

    Actual rating: 3.5/5Well, damn. Currently I'm feeling both emotionally and mentally exhausted, but I'm not sure that will ever change as far as this book is concerned.RTC, when my mind stops spinning....

  • Monica

    "Are patriarchies peaceful because men are peaceful? Or do more peaceful societies tend to allow men to rise up to the top because they place less value on the capacity for violence?" ponders a male h...

  • Liz Barnsley

    I’m actually not sure what to say about The Power. It did knock my socks off (so to speak) and it is in the category of “Godarn hot page turner” in my head. It explores many, I suppose Feminist ...

  • Peter Boyle

    "The power to hurt is a kind of wealth."What if women suddenly became the dominant sex? What would the world look like? Would it be a better place? These are some of the questions Naomi Alderman asks ...