The Power

The Power

Naomi Alderman / Sep 23, 2019

The 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 politic

  • Title: The Power
  • Author: Naomi Alderman
  • ISBN: The Power
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  • Page: 248
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  • 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 400 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Back Bay Books first published October 27th 2016 More Details Original Title The Power ISBN 0316547603 ISBN13 9780316547604 Characters Roxy Monke, Allie Montgomery Taylor Mother Eve , Olatunde Tunde Edo, Margot Cleary, Jocelyn Cleary, Tatiana Moskalev, Darrell Monkeless Literary Awards Orwell Prize Nominee for Longlist 2017 , Womens Prize for Fiction 2017 Other Editions 69 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Power, please sign up Popular Answered Questions What would happen if an author wrote a book about men having the power to electrocute to death, women 125 likeslike one year ago See all 59 answers Natalie it would be under history category flag I did not understand who Tunde sent his last parcel to Do we know this character Thank you in advance 7 likeslike one year ago See all 12 answers Lauren I think he sent it to UrbanDox headquarters, and the character that receives it seems to be an underling there flag See all 43 questions about The Power Lists with This Book Potential 2019 Book Club Reads 24 books 3 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 17, 2016 Emily May rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, 2016, dystopia utopia, feminism It doesn t matter that she shouldn t, that she never would What matters is that she could, if she wanted. TW rape.Ooh, this is a toughie I have a lot of mixed feelings about Alderman s The Power It s an intriguing and clever concept, but this never really translates into an engaging story.Imagine if one day, suddenly, girls developed a strange physical power they can produce electricity inside them They can use this power to hurt, to torture, and to kill A world that is built on patriarc It doesn t matter that she shouldn t, that she never would What matters is that she could, if she wanted. TW rape.Ooh, this is a toughie I have a lot of mixed feelings about Alderman s The Power It s an intriguing and clever concept, but this never really translates into an engaging story.Imagine if one day, suddenly, girls developed a strange physical power they can produce electricity inside them They can use this power to hurt, to torture, and to kill A world that is built on patriarchy is suddenly upturned being a woman is synonymous with power and strength, men are the ones afraid to walk alone at night, the female body itself becomes an instrument of power.With obvious nods to rape culture, The Power imagines what the world would be like if men, not women, had to live in constant fear for their physical safety Alderman considers how this would affect a variety of people and issues, from terrorism to religion, and she does this through the eyes of four very different people.There s Roxy, a white British teenager and the daughter of a gangster There s Allie, a mixed race girl who runs away after years of abuse and finds herself at a convent, revered as some kind of goddess There s Margot, an American mayor and one of the few older women to develop the power And then Tunde, a young Nigerian man and aspiring journalist who captures early footage of the power in action.The four perspectives are unequal and uneven, with certain perspectives being much interesting for part of the book and then becoming tedious, and others doing the reverse of that Some of the characters verge on cliches and stereotypes too Additionally, the whole novel uses a research book proposal as a framing device a guy called Neil writes to Alderman with the draft of his work attached which is interesting, but the book does actually feel like a piece of research at times.I felt like most of the book explored a concept without telling a story After the initial discovery of the powers and the subsequent affect on the world, the book kind of stalled, and lots of chapters felt dragged out without purpose or direction Allie s perspective became deeply entrenched in religion, so than was interesting, and I quickly lost interest in where the other POVs were going.Also, some parts seemed a little too simplistic I honestly don t believe that Saudi women would embrace rebellion so readily and to that extent The notion that Muslim women are just waiting to throw off their clothes, riot in the street, and have casual sex seems like a blinkered Western perspective Sure, maybe this would evolve over time if Saudi women had power, but I find it very hard to believe that anyone would cast off centuries of cultural practices in a matter of days.The Power is a real mixed bag full of fascinating ideas, lack of focus, over simplified male female power dynamics, and some clever subversive scenes I particularly liked the part where one woman claims that some boys secretly like it , a play on the notion of asking for it in rape culture.A hard book to rate I wonder if it would have made a better short story.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store flag 1471 likesLike see review View all 130 comments Aug 13, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favourites 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 the other way around, you d go mad NO SHIT SHERLOCK Damn right, the idea of a society in which one sex is systematically oppressed through the threat or use of physical and sexual violence infuriates me The concept of one sex being disproportionately raped, killed and restricted sickens me B 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 the other way around, you d go mad NO SHIT SHERLOCK Damn right, the idea of a society in which one sex is systematically oppressed through the threat or use of physical and sexual violence infuriates me The concept of one sex being disproportionately raped, killed and restricted sickens me But I don t need to go and buy a book about the situation being the other way around because THAT S THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN And yes, I am mad Just as a stopped clock is correct twice a day, he d managed to hit the nail on the head while also completely missing the point.This is one of the best books I ve read in a very long time and it came completely out of the blue The real genius of it is the way that Alderman turns society so perfectly on its head The story begins when teenage girls worldwide simultaneously develop a skein , a strip of muscle in their collarbone which conducts electricity, allowing them to instantly inflict pain and even death Some girls have power than others and they are able to wake up the force in older women too Virtually overnight, the world changes beyond recognition Women are elected as political leaders virtually everywhere, the army is almost completely composed of women, God changes gender, sex trafficked women break free from their bonds, and there are scenes in the Middle East which show the true meaning of Girls Gone Wild This is not a gutless, saccharine tale of gender equality, it is a novel that unflinchingly holds up a mirror to the horrors of the society we now live in While I was reading the first half of this book I felt physically and mentally powerful in a way that I hadn t felt before It was exhilarating But then things begin to go awry, and by the end I felt icky for having felt so good about the first half Alderman rebuts the notion that women are somehow naturally kind and caring than men It shows that power is power, and the way that power is used should always be scrutinised and controlled It s difficult for me to pull out and highlight bits that I enjoyed because it was just so great It s masterfully written and razor sharp You need this in your life.I see the future and I see a film adaptation, tattoos on palms and a video game I would play that video game This review is also published at With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley who provided me with a free ARC in return for an honest review flag 1045 likesLike see review View all 66 comments Feb 01, 2018 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves adult, recommended Wow.I finished this novel at midnight last night and after I went to bed, I blinked into my pillow and tried to think of what words I would type into this box on apart from that first one wow After a few minutes thought, I figured I could add intelligent and uncomfortable and thought provoking The problem with all of those is that they get used so often that we see only hyperbole This book, like many others, bears a jacket printed darkly with other authors saying great things Wow.I finished this novel at midnight last night and after I went to bed, I blinked into my pillow and tried to think of what words I would type into this box on apart from that first one wow After a few minutes thought, I figured I could add intelligent and uncomfortable and thought provoking The problem with all of those is that they get used so often that we see only hyperbole This book, like many others, bears a jacket printed darkly with other authors saying great things about it New classic Great Important Sure, sure, man.Believe them The hook is simple the novel begins when girls and women suddenly gain the power to shock and kill others with only a touch it takes only a second s thought to imagine how this would turn the world on its head It s not the hook, however, that sells this book It s Alderman s searing understanding of power dynamics in relationships, from big to small With both empathy and remove, she writes about oppression and gender in a clever, disturbing, heartbreaking way It s not a comfort read It s not a rich exploration of character It s not even a rich exploration of everything there is to say about oppression or prejudice It s a single minded novel in the grand tradition of 1984 or THE HANDMAID S TALE or BRAVE NEW WORLD The simple title is brilliant in its accuracy I saw a few reviews complain that the book offers no answers, but to me, that represents one of its greatest strengths It s illuminating but not didactic Probing but not prescriptive An exposure, not a screed There s no easy answer to the question of how power is transferred and how power corrupts I would ve distrusted any book that tried to tell me otherwise This is all THE POWER tried to tell me The problem is not men The problem is not women The problem is humans This is why.I ve still failed at this recommendation all of these words really just still mean WOW So I guess I ll leave it there Wow flag 662 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Dec 30, 2017 Regan rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.75 flag 326 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 19, 2017 Benji rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves baileys 2017, read 2017 Seriously Christ this is a mess I m obviously wrong considering all the glowing praise and award winning going on here, but can t for the life of me understand what the fuss is about I mean, great concept but poor execution Way too many of the chapters felt off or forced, I didn t invest in any of the characters, and the ending didn t redeem it in fact, probably made it worse.Very disappointed flag 317 likesLike see review View all 64 comments Ellen Another option would be Houston Houston, do you read by Jame Tiptree jr alias for Alice Sheldon I will check out your suggestion Jan 15, 2019 05 14PM Maureen I agree It felt a bit Young Adult fiction to me, in the narrative style, with shades of Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, except that Blac I agree It felt a bit Young Adult fiction to me, in the narrative style, with shades of Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, except that Blackman did it earlier and better Jan 30, 2019 04 02AM Feb 25, 2018 Kat OKeeffe rated it really liked it review of another edition a brilliant read that explores power and gender dynamics in a fascinating and thrilling way i do think this book favors the ideas and the writing over the story arc some parts weren t quite as cohesive as i would ve liked but i did still thoroughly enjoy this it was so captivating and frustrating and horrifying and familiar all at once i will definitely be thinking about this book for a long while, and i think it would be an excellent choice to read with a friend bookclub because there are a brilliant read that explores power and gender dynamics in a fascinating and thrilling way i do think this book favors the ideas and the writing over the story arc some parts weren t quite as cohesive as i would ve liked but i did still thoroughly enjoy this it was so captivating and frustrating and horrifying and familiar all at once i will definitely be thinking about this book for a long while, and i think it would be an excellent choice to read with a friend bookclub because there are so many ideas to explore in further discussion contemplation flag 303 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Apr 10, 2017 Hannah Greendale rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves science fiction, illustrated, dystopian, women s prize nominee, women s prize winner 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 class Margot is a politician with grand aspirations and a vulnerable teenage daughter Allie is a young woman whose religious foster parents are not what they seem Roxy, Tunde, Margot, and Allie have relatively normal lives, until something extraordinary happens Teenage girls acquire supernatura 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 class Margot is a politician with grand aspirations and a vulnerable teenage daughter Allie is a young woman whose religious foster parents are not what they seem Roxy, Tunde, Margot, and Allie have relatively normal lives, until something extraordinary happens Teenage girls acquire supernatural abilities that give them unparalleled physical power The world is turned on its head as the power takes over Roxy, Tunde, Margot, and Allie are drawn together in unprecedented ways to calamitous effect The Power drops readers right into the action and opens on the threshold of the change, an event later referred to as the Day of the Girls She feels the thing like pins and needles along her arms Like needle pricks of light from her spine to her collarbone, from her throat to her elbows, wrists, to the pads of her fingers She s glittering, inside. Chapters alternate between Roxy, Tunde, Margot, and Allie Though the book is written in third person perspective, subtle narrative nuances give each character their own voice Plot twists are placed with adept exactitude, giving the book a satisfying pace Social norms throughout the world shift daily as and young women discover their ability to harness the power Some social adjustments are small and happen slowly others are drastic and arrive suddenly Males must behave in ways that are unorthodox for men but are, in the real world, common practice for women It often feels unfathomable that male characters in the book should suffer such atrocities, but readers are forced to recognize a disturbing fact Women suffer similar acts of barbarism every day in the real world They d separated the boys from the girls on the fifth day Already there are parents telling their boys not to go out alone, not to stray too far. it was considered normal to cull nine in ten boy babies there are still places today where boy babies are routinely aborted, or have their dicks curbed One could argue that the route female characters opt to go with their newfound power seems contrary to biology and the nurturing qualities that are intuitive to many women The book goes so far as to playfully address this incongruity No answer or explanation is given, but the mere act of mentioning opposing thoughts plants the seed to incite further conversation on the subject matter view spoiler There are accounts on Tom Hobson s website of things happening in Bessapara that Jos can t really believe Torture and experiments, gangs of women on the loose in the north near the border, murdering and raping men at will hide spoiler It doesn t matter that she shouldn t, that she never would What matters is that she could, if she wanted The power to hurt is a kind of wealth. After a compulsory narrative and a slew of surprises, the book concludes with a clever final page that is delightfully on the nose The Power is a feminist work of speculative fiction whose fundamental messages will stir readers to confront haunting truths flag 228 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Apr 12, 2016 karen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves thanks for prezzies NOW AVAILABLE 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 one, i was very WANT for it so, first things first millions of thanks to lena for so generously sending me a copy, because it isn t out in the u.s until OCTOBER sheeshis is nothing at all like The Lessons, leaving realism behind for a feminist SF what if scenario in which girls NOW AVAILABLE 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 one, i was very WANT for it so, first things first millions of thanks to lena for so generously sending me a copy, because it isn t out in the u.s until OCTOBER sheeshis is nothing at all like The Lessons, leaving realism behind for a feminist SF what if scenario in which girls the whole world round begin to manifest shocking heh abilities a long dormant skein a bundle of nerves and muscles stretching across the collarbones, is activated, giving girls the power to generate electricity within their skeins and transmit it through their fingies in a range of intensities from mild warning to death and the world is changed forever women are now quite literally empowered, able to defend themselves against any would be attackers or break free from oppressive regimes, and over the years, power dynamics shift and patriarchies topple, leading to a kinder, gentler world run by women and their inherent nurturing qualities.or the opposite of that.if there s one thing we ve learned from scandal when we re not hypnotized by olivia pope s powerbouncing stride and inhumanly poreless skin , it s that power corrupts and what starts out as a handy defense mechanism becomes darker with the dawning realization that The power to hurt is a kind of wealth, and once half the world is united in its ability to inflict pain, the young giddiness of freedom calcifies into something much ruthless the book is not as flawless as olivia pope skin, but i think when it comes to social science fiction, we can president grant it some leeway to me, social science fiction is a fascinating speculative exercise an imaginative anthropological experiment in setting up a thought provoking situation, turning it loose and seeing what shakes out this isn t meant to belittle the form at all i m or less a genre tourist, so i don t have a ton to compare this to, but i think that any flaws in the book are outweighed by its strengths yes, it s a bit facile or reductive at times, particularly in the macro view of the world, but it excels in the smaller details, most amusingly in its depiction of the evolving gender dynamic between news anchors it s a fine exploration of a conceit, and it definitely gave me something to think about s told from the perspectives of four characters allie, an abuse victim turned messiah figure establishing a female friendly religion, margot, a rising star politician, tunde, a sympathetic nigerian photojournalist and the only male POV, and roxy, a formidable english smart ass from a powerful crime family whose skein is the most powerful of all, and who was far and away my favorite character each of them experience the phenomenon in different ways, exposed to a different cross section of the global repercussions of the event, all the hopeful, brutal, opportunistic ways in which humanity uses and abuses this power for personal, professional, cultural, or sexual advantagee book is structured as a decade long countdown to an impending event, all tucked into a cheeky framing device which sets the events of the book into a larger historical context, complete with images of excavated artifacts, and also provides the opportunity for fun with anagrams this would be a good book club selection, which is what lena is reading it for, so she will be able to weigh in and let us all know for sure if this is a true statement because i m never one to drop a running gage to my blog flag 197 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Nov 18, 2017 Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing review of another edition Writing like this catches my attention There is a feeling in his hand as if some insect has stung him He looks down to swat it away, and the only thing on his hand is her warm palm The sensation grows, steadily and swiftly At first it is pinprick s in his hand and forearm, then the swarm buzzing prickles, then it is pain He is breathing too quickly to be able to make a sound He cannot move his left arm His heart is loud in his ears His chest is tight She is still giggling, s Writing like this catches my attention There is a feeling in his hand as if some insect has stung him He looks down to swat it away, and the only thing on his hand is her warm palm The sensation grows, steadily and swiftly At first it is pinprick s in his hand and forearm, then the swarm buzzing prickles, then it is pain He is breathing too quickly to be able to make a sound He cannot move his left arm His heart is loud in his ears His chest is tight She is still giggling, soft and low She leans forward and pulls him closer to her She looks into his eyes, her irises are lined with lights of brown and gold, and her lower lip is moist He is afraid He is excited He realizes he could not stop her, whatever she wanted to do now The thought is terrifying The thought is electrifying.He is achingly hard now, and doesn t know when that happen He cannot feel anything at all in his left arm She leans in, bubblegum breath, and kisses him softly on the lips Then she peels away, runs to the pool and dives, in one smooth, practiced movement He waits for the feeling to come back to his arm She does her laps in silence, not calling to him for splashing water at him He feels excited He feels ashamed He wants to talk to her, but he is afraid Maybe he imagined it all Maybe she will call hima bad name if he asks her what happened Did the above excerpt catch your attention too Oh I thought this book was creative I really knew next to nothing when I purchased the hardcopy about a month ago It was simply time for me to make my monthly contribution purchase at Hicklbeess my favorite local indi bookstore It was a gut looked good flap sounded good purchase The Power is powerfulwith a terrific beginning and ending I loved how this novel was sealed like perfect bookends from start to finish I hope nobody has spoiled the framing of this novel I found it to be a cool discovery This is a very timely novel the wake of the Weinstein allegations, claims of sexual abuse and harassment have spread like wildfires Oh and I kept thinking, This would make one hell of a great TV series A new force of power is showing up around the world Teenage girls and women have developed an immense physical power with the flick of their fingers They can cause agonizing pain and even death Allie, mixed race, had been sexually abused by her foster dad she kills him before escaping to a convent Her healing powers started to show up when a sick girl by the name Luanne arrived at the convent Allie s powers are strong not all girls have the same levels of powers Allie had private wishes that the nuns would adopt her forever love her like the family she never had.but she knew that would never happen A strong survival force takes over even changing her name to Mother Eve She becomes a roll model leader for other girls creating a feminist group Instead of Male leaders in the Bible there are now only Female leaders Tunde is a wealthy Nigerian guy he lounges around the family pool He s a foster kid who is religious parents hide their true nature He starts on online business called Days of The Girls.acking the different stories of the moment rising around the world with females taking over all positions of power Margot is and American politician, a girl from London Her daughter, Jocelyn began developing the fierce powers at only 6 years of age Roxy comes from a London crime family she came into her power witnessing her mother being attacked They have nasty names for girls Who can t or won t defend themselves Blanket , and flat battery are the least offensive ones Gimp, Flick, Nesh, and Pzit are nastier There are strange movements rising now, not only cross the world, but right here in the USA You can see it on the Internet Boys dressing as the girls to see powerful Girls dressing as boys to shake off the meaning of power, or to Leap on the unsuspecting, wolf in sheep s clothing The Westbrook Baptist Church has seen influx of crazy new members who think the day of judgement is coming Powerful disturbing corruption exhilarating funny at times thought provoking storytelling The question lives in our minds If women WERE THE RULERS STRENGTH POWER FORCE SEXminant sex in all roles of leadership power would women subject men to the same type of oppression and degradation that we have witnessed in history done to women WINNER of the Bailey s women s prize for fiction flag 188 likesLike see review View all 21 comments May 10, 2018 Emma Giordano marked it as did not finish review of another edition DNF 50%I actually think this book is FANTASTIC It s extremely sophisticated, well written, and though provoking The issue is I m just really not engaged with it at the moment and feel there s no point in me continuing right now when I can barely retain the story I 100% intend on finishing the story at a later time and may pick up the physical version instead of continuing with the audiobook I also really did not like the narrator flag 180 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Nov 24, 2017 Joe Valdez rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves paranormal psychics The Power is a ride into dark fantasy by Naomi Alderman that starts off like an E ticket attraction at Disney Resorts before fizzling out like a bottle rocket from Jerry s Fireworks Published in 2016, Alderman s concept is thrilling and one that Rod Serling or Ray Bradbury might ve given props to, using genre to address prejudice, intolerance and social inequality right here on earth in the present day The novel develops a strong sense of mystery and unease early, but once the call goes out fo The Power is a ride into dark fantasy by Naomi Alderman that starts off like an E ticket attraction at Disney Resorts before fizzling out like a bottle rocket from Jerry s Fireworks Published in 2016, Alderman s concept is thrilling and one that Rod Serling or Ray Bradbury might ve given props to, using genre to address prejudice, intolerance and social inequality right here on earth in the present day The novel develops a strong sense of mystery and unease early, but once the call goes out for a cohesive story and compelling characters to support the concept, the book collapses After an unnecessary prologue in which Neil Adam Armon submits what he calls a historic novelization to an author named Naomi for feedback, the novel begins with a fourteen year old British girl named Roxanne Monke protecting herself and her mum from two attackers with what appears to be electrostatic charges Roxy delivers by touch In Nigeria, Olatunde Edo is a 21 year old who is playfully shocked by the cute cousin of a friend he flirts with Months later, Tunde witnesses a girl being sexually harassed and sensing something about to happen, records her directing an electrostatic charge on her harasser with fatal results.As reports of young girls around the world employing a strange new type of fighting that leaves other kids mostly boys burned, scarred and incapacitated, a U.S mayor named Margot Cleary makes the decision to close the schools Her 14 year old daughter Jocelyn is caught fighting, and Margot convinces Jos to demonstrate her power on her In Jacksonville, Florida, a 16 year old orphan named Allie practices her power at the cemetery and when good and ready, returns home to exact revenge on her sexually abusive foster father, a pastor Following a voice she hears in her head, Allie hits the road Allie bought a sleeping bag early on from Goodwill It smells but she airs it out every morning and it hasn t rained hard yet She s been enjoying the journey, though her belly is empty most of the time and her feet are sore There have been mornings she s woken just past dawn and seen the hard, bright edges of the trees and path drawn fresh by the morning sun and felt the light glittering in her lungs and she s been glad to be there Once, there was a gray fox that kept pace with her for three days, walking a few arm lengths away, never coming close enough to touch but never drifting too far away either, except to take a rat once, returning with the body soft in her mouth and the blood on her muzzle.Allie said to the voice Is she a sign And the voice said Oh yes Keep on trucking, girl.While Allie takes refuge in a Catholic convent along with a growing number of runaway girls cast out of their homes for their power, Roxy Monke whose father is feared crime lord Bernie Monke goes on a raid for retribution in her mother s murder and demonstrates her considerable talent for stopping the hearts of her enemies After CNN calls Tunde and offers to buy his videos, he drops out of school and heads to Riyadh, where right place and right time turns out to be a riot of tens of thousands of Saudi women he films marching through the city, without their male escorts Worldwide fame ensues and Tunde promotes himself to documentarian of the new world order.One year later, women have taken cities in the Third World Teenage girls have shown an ability to awaken the power in older women Scientists remain stumped Mayor Cleary promotes a policy of abstinence just don t do it among girls but unknown to her constituents, sneaks out at night to develop her own power The Mayor has big plans So does Allie, who goes by the name Eve at the convent and shown an ability to heal misfit girls who haven t learned how to channel their energy Picking and choosing the stories of the Bible that apply to women s liberation or power, she begins to preach a realigned gospel, and heal, earning the name Mother Eve Skipping ahead another year, as news of her gospel travels, Mother Eve is visited by Roxy Monke She drafts Roxy as her top soldier in time to repel a raid by law enforcement When a woman is beaten and jailed by the police, Mother Eve leads a march to the police station that draws tens of thousands of women ready to kill or die at Mother Eve s command Donations pour in from around the world In Moldava, the sex trafficking capital of the world, First Lady Tatiana Moskalev assumes power and creates her own country Bessapara drawing Mother Eve, Roxy, Tunde and now Senator Cleary enter her orbit Back in the States, a blogger known as UrbanDox grows followers The great change in the tide of things has been good for UrbanDox He d been blogging his mean spirited, semi literate, bigoted, angry rhetoric for years but, recently, and people men and, indeed, some women have started to listen He d denied over and over again being tied to the violent splinter groups that have bombed shopping malls and public parks in half a dozen states now But, if he s not linked to them, they like to link themselves to him One of the recent accurate bomb threats contained simply an address, a time and the web address of UrbanDox s latest screed on the Coming Gender War.Everything good about The Power occurs in the first third of the book As a new matriarchy sweeps the globe, Alderman imagines repressive regimes felled, sex trafficking eradicated and boys warned not to leave the house alone and never after dark Religious doctrines recalibrate along myths featuring divine women What Would Happen If Women Took Over is not a theme I d seen explored in a big new novel and the dread and unease as this new order develops generates tension in the early going.While I was reminded of The Twilight Zone throughout the first third of the book, Alderman slips and falls when faced with the task of expanding her uncanny twists into a novel The most fully developed character is the only male Tunde who finds his human rights assailed in Bessapara and his work appropriated by an ex girlfriend The young Nigerian self taught war correspondent is also at the center of the most satisfying action in the story Alderman s female characters are archetypes the avenging angel, the ambitious senator, the gangster s daughter acting out plots Alderman doesn t have the capacity to introduce compelling characters or invest the reader in their fates, the way Stephen King can It was hugely disappointing to see the conceit of a female dominated planet where men scramble for equal rights devolve into a routine smackdown of religious cults, drug traffickers and a civil war in a fake country right out of The A Team I was bored by all of the international intrigue and felt the best option might ve been a short story centered on a runaway like Allie making her way across a country slipping into a new order The Power isn t a bad novel, but it just wasn t the story I wanted to see flag 152 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Sonja Arlow I started this a few days ago with great expectations only to put it down not bothering with a review yesterday I quickly realised this is not a book I started this a few days ago with great expectations only to put it down not bothering with a review yesterday I quickly realised this is not a book I would enjoy Greatreview Feb 20, 2018 09 39AM Joe Valdez Sonja wrote I started this a few days ago with great expectations only to put it down not bothering with a review yesterday I quickly realised this Sonja wrote I started this a few days ago with great expectations only to put it down not bothering with a review yesterday I quickly realised this is not a book I would enjoy Great review Yes, I don t think the hype helped our response at all, Sonja, but it goes back to the author trying to mimc Margaret Atwood Whether she succeeded or failed, the result was not going to work for a lot of readers Feb 20, 2018 12 04PM Nov 30, 2018 jessica rated it liked it review of another edition many successful dystopian novels that feature feminist themes tend to follow the same idea in regards to womens oppression, which is something is taken away in the handmaids tale, its womens reproductive rights and freedoms in vox, its womens voices so the power completely breaks that pattern by actually giving something to women instead can you believe and even though the premise of this book is unique and promises so much potential, i couldnt help but feel like there is so much wron many successful dystopian novels that feature feminist themes tend to follow the same idea in regards to womens oppression, which is something is taken away in the handmaids tale, its womens reproductive rights and freedoms in vox, its womens voices so the power completely breaks that pattern by actually giving something to women instead can you believe and even though the premise of this book is unique and promises so much potential, i couldnt help but feel like there is so much wrong with it and it all stems from the fact that this book is extremely negative but first, let me explain the set up format of the book the story follows four different character POVs with each perspective visited at a single point in a year, over the span of ten years so there are a lot of gaps and its left up to the reader to infer everything that has been going between each point of reference there isnt a lot of world building and the reader is left to fill in a lot of blanks themselves and it doesnt help that each POV focuses on all of the negative changes in this newly developing world, where women have acquired an ability to generate electrical stimuli the story fixates on the abuse and rape and violence and revenge and torture and every other horrible thing imaginable its makes for a very bleak and pessimistic story while i am sure events of that nature would occur in a situation like this, i feel like there are many other aspects that should have been the main focus plot instead elements which would have made the story so much meaningful and powerful, allowing the book to resonate with a much wider audience this story essentially postulates that, with any sort of shift which provides women with a dominance in power, they will become complete savages with no regard for human life or decency its such an extreme stance to take that im not sure im okay with it, or this book 2.5 stars flag 146 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Nov 18, 2017 Barry Pierce rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 21st century, read in 2017 I think I m going to give up on literary awards Naomi Alderman s The Power found its way into my hands by winning 2017 s Bailey s Prize The plot sounded so intriguing Young girls around the world began developing the power , or essentially being able to shoot lightning from their palms This discovery leads to a great event known as The Cataclysm, after which women become the dominant sex in society It s fairly classic speculative fiction territory However, what may have done quite well as I think I m going to give up on literary awards Naomi Alderman s The Power found its way into my hands by winning 2017 s Bailey s Prize The plot sounded so intriguing Young girls around the world began developing the power , or essentially being able to shoot lightning from their palms This discovery leads to a great event known as The Cataclysm, after which women become the dominant sex in society It s fairly classic speculative fiction territory However, what may have done quite well as a classic half hour Twilight Zone episode is here stretched out into a 339 page novel.Alderman employs many different POVs to form her narrative, which caused the Minnie Effect My personal favourite character was Margot, a woman running for election before the Cataclysm As great as Margot was, that did not make up for the fact that she was possibly the only character who I actually warmed to in this novel Many of the other characters particularly Allie and Roxy just seemed to meld together in my mind and I had trouble trying to separate all of the threads However, all of these reservations seem moot when one asks the question what genre is this novel The book seems to switch between Young Adult to international thriller to literary fiction in as little time as the turn of a page It reads like several very different books stitched together I will admit that since this won the Bailey s Prize I was expecting something along the lines of Atwood s literary dystopias but instead I was given a Twister board of genres being spun by Suzanne Collins Much like Withnail s famed exclamation that he and Marwood had gone on holidays by accident, I seemed to be reading The Hunger Games by accident However, what do I know My edition came with a whole second cover behind the first cover just absolutely plastered in praise In fact, every blank space on this book is populated by a glowing review or a showy tagline I applaud the publicity team behind it, they really went above and beyond However, I was left feeling bored by this novel The plot isn t very compelling, which was demonstrated by my unwillingness to pick up this novel again whenever I put it down However I did power through an effort which I now view as somewhat pointless This isn t a one star review because I didn t hate this book, it was merely just overwhelmingly second rate The Minnie Effect, named for the eponymous character in Kathryn Stockett s The Help, is a phenomenon in POV novels where the best or most entertaining characters are given the least amount of attention within the overall novel whilst the least entertaining or boring characters dominate the narrative.Stray observation This whole novel is meant to be written five thousand years in the future, yet at one point a character makes a movement that is compared to the moves of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever So we are meant to believe that the only thing in all human history which survived the Cataclysm and the five thousand years of life afterward was the 1977 disco movie Saturday Night Fever flag 143 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Aug 24, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 five star books, must read, favorites 5 Completely Rad and Rockin Stars There are some novels that you feel, from the tips of your fingers, all the way to the bottoms of your toes This is one of them All at once, something happens, something strange, something inexplicable and yet, one by one every teenage girl experiences it A feeling simply overtakes them and they strike out at everyone who has wronged them She feels the thing like pins and needles along her arms Like needle pricks of light from her spine to her collarbo 5 Completely Rad and Rockin Stars There are some novels that you feel, from the tips of your fingers, all the way to the bottoms of your toes This is one of them All at once, something happens, something strange, something inexplicable and yet, one by one every teenage girl experiences it A feeling simply overtakes them and they strike out at everyone who has wronged them She feels the thing like pins and needles along her arms Like needle pricks of light from her spine to her collarbone, from her throat to her elbows, wrists, to the pads of her fingers She s glittering, inside. What can she do with it you ask She touches you a slight touch to the wrist and an electric current flows from her body to yours and her body awakens, she feels wholly alive And you You are in pain and you cannot move It surges through you like a hot flame, rippling down your forearm, searing your skin, crackling and yet you can t help but feel the excitement building, even if The Power kills you When girls come into their power, it is visible to all, through a skein on their necks A movement is on the rise, in the good ole US of A and across the World What starts out as girls trying to stop boys from overstepping, from harassing them, becomes something else entirely Allie s home life was less than stellar, yet she escaped and now she takes care of those who can t take care of themselves Now known as Mother Eve, she oversees everyone and everything Roxy is a gal with sass Her family is unlike most they are London gangstas She is the best and brightest and her abilities are unmatched If you aren t with her, you re against her Tunde is a photographer Once things go haywire bzzzthis photos go national and he boldly follows the stories no one else dares Margot is a politician and she would like to believe that she s making a difference in these trying times even though her own daughter Jocelyn struggles than most Margot s arrogant, egotistical and unqualified male boss who kind of reminded me of someone is planning to run for re election which ends up igniting a fire in Margot too Their paths converge at different points in time and after that, well, all hell breaks loose At times, I shifted, edgy, uncomfortable, eyes wide amazed Then, unexpectedly, the corners of my mouth would haphazardly curve into a smile, in complete bewildered awe Then I was horrified at myself for my inability to control my own reactions and scared by what was transpiring, I simply shuddered The Power is transformative, in ways than one There is one scene, that I cannot unsee, one scene, that I admit got to me And yet, it is sheer brilliance I cannot help but be astounded If the dominant roles shifted and girls and women ruled the world, what would happen Would boys and better yet, men, submit or would they fight back Hmm food for thought, especially now, given the state of this nation The parallels to today s political climate were glaringly obvious and brilliant to boot.Kudos to Naomi Alderman for her foresight, her storytelling and her amazing characters This novel rocked my world and definitely belongs on my favorites shelf for 2018 and is one I highly recommend if you re not afraid of a little sizzle.Thank you to my friend Susan for the recommendation You were right, I m so glad I read this.Published on , and Twitter on 8.24.18 flag 129 likesLike see review View all 59 comments Nov 04, 2017 Jenna rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves botm club selection, 2017 reading challenge, communes cults clubs sects etc, crossed over to the dark side, depressing, dystopia, supernatural, reviewed, disliked This was sort of like Put some elements of The Hunger Games, The Handmaid s Tale, and Star Wars in a cocktail shaker, toast to The Imminent Apocalypse, pour neat and extra dirty and drink which sounds AWESOME, and also very apropos of the 2017 zeitgeistyet.I didn t love it I admired it, to be sure, and it def left me totes curious about inquiring into this author s other works But as many other eloquent reviewers have already noted, it left me wanting in a few key areas.I m all for su This was sort of like Put some elements of The Hunger Games, The Handmaid s Tale, and Star Wars in a cocktail shaker, toast to The Imminent Apocalypse, pour neat and extra dirty and drink which sounds AWESOME, and also very apropos of the 2017 zeitgeistyet.I didn t love it I admired it, to be sure, and it def left me totes curious about inquiring into this author s other works But as many other eloquent reviewers have already noted, it left me wanting in a few key areas.I m all for succinct novels these days and think most are too long where the hell are the editors and THEIR Power but this, on the other hand, felt like a trilogy massively abridged into 300 odd pages.I also agree with other reviewers that some of the main characters were interesting and fleshed out than others too many perspectives were distributed between too few pages, so some characters got short shrift and some became stereotyped or simplified beyond the grasp of enduring interest.And finally yes, I completely agree with other reviewers that it s unrealistic, and reductive, that every single woman in the world promptly responded in basically the exact same way to the massive global change in circumstances, regardless of the myriad variations in culture, religion, age, etc This seemed kind of anti feminist to me, actually, and sort of offensively essentialist on many levels For me, this sort of defeated the purpose of the entire dystopian novel project Because, I don t understand the point of going through the pains of constructing a dystopian novel if your ultimate purpose is just to say that, even with different people in power and different means as an end to that power, things would all wind up in exactly the same shitshow as they currently are Isn t the whole beauty and, well, Power, of the dystopian format that, below the unrelenting grimness, there shimmer the faint vestiges of hope that things could be different, better that there is something still worth fighting for that it s not merely a matter of six of one, half dozen of the other that there are people out there willing and able to fight against all odds to stem and reverse the tide of the current fuckery at large I mean, sure, you could just go with the whole Absoute Power Corrupts Absolutely thing and leave it at that, and while there s some truth to this, I think there s a little nuance to the story, and that little nuance is a lot interesting to consider All that aside this is an original and creative book, and especially if you are an admirer of YA, dystopian, or SciFi which I caution I am not much of this book ran dangerously close for me to what my admired GR friend Debbie might refer to as woo woo do consider taking a look.UPDATE of 11 5 17 After consideration, I m lowering the review to 2 stars to better reflect the level of reading enjoyment or non enjoyment, I guess I admired the project but appreciated the actual product only to a 2.5 degree at most I mean seriously as in, parts of your bodily tissues are electrified and sentient and talking to you woo woo You ve been warned flag 127 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Feb 22, 2018 Bradley rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 shelf, fantasy, sci fi, worldbuilding sf I think I ve just stumbled upon one of those Important Works I keep saying is so necessary No UF fluff with magical women or post apocalypse SF nonsense where it s mostly about shocking us about the brutality of man against woman It seems that s mostly what it is, these days Indeed, what we ve got here is a careful and complex study of all the gender roles turned on its head, slowly, surely, and irrevocably.We have women getting the power to shock the living shit out of anyone and teach t I think I ve just stumbled upon one of those Important Works I keep saying is so necessary No UF fluff with magical women or post apocalypse SF nonsense where it s mostly about shocking us about the brutality of man against woman It seems that s mostly what it is, these days Indeed, what we ve got here is a careful and complex study of all the gender roles turned on its head, slowly, surely, and irrevocably.We have women getting the power to shock the living shit out of anyone and teach this power to any other woman Throw that wrinkle in today s worldwide culture, and suddenly we have a really ugly war of the sexes on a scale that s horrifying All the abuses of power, of violence, of insanity, is now going to be returned to the sender.I ll be honest, I loved the grand build up of this reversal of power, thought the justice of it was delicious as hell But it s another thing to see the justice turn to insanity The practice of power for power s sake To see women roaming the streets looking to abuse a stray man who was just looking for it, to have training camps to make women all stronger, to destroy anything that gets in their way.It still seems like justice All those nasty patriarchies and misogynists getting their due was FUN Until it wasn t Until women become fully as bad as the men always were Or as we assume men always were.The book also brings up the question of archeology in a wonderful way, fast forwarding 5000 years into a culture where women have all the power and men are treated exactly the way women are treated today With intellectual dishonesty, prejudice, ignorance, and the assumption that things were always as they were now, that men in armies are a joke or a sexual fantasy that could never have been true, like some of us may say ians are today That all the ancient statues destroyed depicting men as warriors back then must have been a grand joke or not what it seems That the author, a man, ought to change his name to a woman s for the publication of the book to lend it credence.And this last bit happens throughout this novel, lending it an inevitable and horrific outlook on the nature of the real problem.It s not men Or women It s as Adler says It s a POWER issue Those with power abuse it Those with power over others need to have someone to USE it on This is the root of the disease.I ve often thought and agreed with certain authors who bring up the possibility that women DID have the power in our ancient pasts, 45 55 thousand years ago, the statues being the only evidence I really have I liked to daydream about what lost societies, full cultures, civilizations in our own deep pasts might have been like before time eroded everything There really is no reason not to believe we ve been through this exact same cycle many times, always suffering the same hubris and error in thinking Power causes upheaval The pendulum swings The weak inherit the earth, and then the new weak inherit the earth, and then the new weak inherit the earth.It s humbling, this turning of the wheel But back to the novel It s extremely well written and painful to witness and thought provoking and even delightful at times It s also deep Easily one of the very best novels of it s kind, being obviously gender centric, sociological, and quite entertaining on the character level The skein of power is almost secondary to the story It s all about turning the tables I totally recommend this book for everyone Period It s just that brilliant and should be required reading for anyone in the discussion of what it means to be a woman OR a man Let s open our eyes flag 125 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Apr 13, 2018 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves sf novels aaargh What a horrible mess of a book As soon as I heard of the idea of The Power I wanted to read it it s simple and completely revolutionary you ll know it already women throughout the world develop a power somewhat like ELECTRIC EELS But better One might hope when did an electric eel ever run for president Also may I say this is no cheap mockery, there is a scene where a character ponders a tank of ELECTRIC EELS quite early on Yes, women can now send out shocks which cause anythin What a horrible mess of a book As soon as I heard of the idea of The Power I wanted to read it it s simple and completely revolutionary you ll know it already women throughout the world develop a power somewhat like ELECTRIC EELS But better One might hope when did an electric eel ever run for president Also may I say this is no cheap mockery, there is a scene where a character ponders a tank of ELECTRIC EELS quite early on Yes, women can now send out shocks which cause anything from a mere pinpick to an obliterating agony lasting hours, so from then onwards the balance of POWER get it between men and women turns round 180 degrees, ha haaah, at last now let us see what the world looks like.Yes, a feminist revenge fantasy The opposite of The Handmaid s Tale I want to read that But what I got was something that started out looking pretty hip hop and happening, jaunty and fast and fun, and with a savage twist to boot, but began to come apart at the seams almost before I got it home from the shops, the stuffing came out, it made me sneeze, the lining ripped completely off, I thought of taking it back to the shop but I couldn t be bothered.To tell this vast story which has so many implications your very mind can melt at the ten thousand thoughts you get about what really would happen if women did become human electric EELS and no men could ever any offer any violence to any woman holy ac dc, what a world that would be huh Naomi Alderman chooses four characters and follows their stories and oh how awful each one is There is the Sarf Landan gangsta girl, all lock stock and two smoking barrels, there is the female mayor of a city in Wisconsin it s not the Oval Office but it comes to you via the House of Cards playbook there is the anonymous young American girl who becomes the new Eve in the Big Fat New Agey Religion can t avoid the G word there s a male Nigerian reporter who is a blatant personality free device for the author to be able to shoot round the world and take a few snapshots riots in Riyadh, dreadful events in India, murky doings in Moldova.What could be searingly serious is played for thrills spills, but you get the strong idea that these are supposed to be philosophically underpinned thrills spills If so empowered, would women be as fascistically inclined to dish out pain and subservience to men as heretofore men have been to women Discuss There are so so so many rather ordinary scenarios I wanted to see explored under the new regime what would happen to women in prison How would society cope with all the accidental intentional killings of rapists and paedophiles occurring in the first period of time before men realised they couldn t do that stuff any What about the revolution in male consciousness required but instead Naomi Alderman fritters her novel away in pointless hurly burly with comicbook villains male and female and a copout ending.Shocking Groan flag 107 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jan 14, 2019 Virginia Ronan Herondale added it review of another edition blinks blinks some Nope,I still can t believe it would end like that Jeez I have thoughts so many thoughts my head is spinning.Full RTC soon I need to mull this over ________________________________I ve been curious about this book ever since Maggie Stiefvater gave it a five star review You all know that she s one of my favourite authors, so there was no way I could leave this book in the library shelf I saw many reviews on my feed though and the opinions seem to be divided blinks blinks some Nope,I still can t believe it would end like that Jeez I have thoughts so many thoughts my head is spinning.Full RTC soon I need to mull this over ________________________________I ve been curious about this book ever since Maggie Stiefvater gave it a five star review You all know that she s one of my favourite authors, so there was no way I could leave this book in the library shelf I saw many reviews on my feed though and the opinions seem to be divided Most of my friends gave it 3 stars but Maggie gave it five so I really don t know where this leaves me lol I guess I ll just have to find out for myself It s a genre I rarely read, but I m always ready to broaden my horizons So here I go Let s hope this is a good one Maggie I trust you Don t let me regret it lol P flag 101 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 22, 2016 Thomas rated it it was ok review of another edition Recommended to Thomas by Laura Shelves read for dmv bookclub, feminism, dystopia, science fiction I feel so sad giving this book such a low rating because it had so much potential It follows three female identifying characters and one male identifying character who reside in a world where girls and women have the power to produce electricity and hurt, torture, and kill people This newfound ability brings about an amalgamation of changes, including political power plays, shifts in male female relationship dynamics, and the burning question of girls and women s new place in society The Pow I feel so sad giving this book such a low rating because it had so much potential It follows three female identifying characters and one male identifying character who reside in a world where girls and women have the power to produce electricity and hurt, torture, and kill people This newfound ability brings about an amalgamation of changes, including political power plays, shifts in male female relationship dynamics, and the burning question of girls and women s new place in society The Power portrays a host of challenging situations and scenes, including sexual assault and political warfare.This book had so much unfulfilled potential I love the premise, because it invites so many nuanced questions and discussions within the realm of feminism What are the implications of empowering women just so they act like men As bell hooks writes, patriarchy has no gender, so what happens when one gender or sex gains power over their oppressors What are the psychological benefits and costs of having this power Unfortunately, these questions are only explored in the most rudimentary of ways in The Power Instead of using scenes, dialogue, and character development to flesh out this dystopia utopia and explore these meaningful questions, Naomi Alderman focuses only on portraying violence and shallow character interactions While violence has a place in this world for sure, the book could have featured so much The commentary on gender dynamics, too, mostly took form in pithy one liners with gender reversals that did not relay much nuance or insight.My second main disappointment with The Power centers on its characters They all felt one note, interchangeable, and lacking in any depth that would motivate us to invest in them Some of their perspectives felt too long and some felt too short The pacing and organization of their respective sections made little logical sense I wish Alderman had focused on crafting these characters in a comprehensive way so that readers could better connect to them.I hate to say this, but I would not recommend this book If interested in feminist writing, for fiction I would recommend The Handmaid s Tale by Margaret Atwood or Kindred by Octavia Butler, and for nonfiction I would recommend Appetites by Caroline Knapp or All About Love and The Will to Change by bell hooks, just to name a few While I think Alderman aimed for cultural diversity by including a Nigerian character and Moldova as a setting in The Power, this attempt fell flat, similar to the rest of the book I appreciate Alderman for trying with this concept, at the very least flag 95 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Sep 15, 2017 Ilenia Zodiaco rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves donne, letteratura globale, reading diversely, fantascienza distopici Grande idea La prospettiva di questo romanzo capovolta Le donne acquisiscono improvvisamente il potere di controllare l energia elettrica il titolo originale dell opera appunto the power Ben presto questa abilit le porta a sopraffare gli uomini, sempre pi marginalizzati e discriminati Il rovesciamento del femminismo un ottica che spiazza il lettore e lo avvince completamente A questo si aggiunge una prosa molto pop forse un po troppo, alcune svolte narrative sono trattate con Grande idea La prospettiva di questo romanzo capovolta Le donne acquisiscono improvvisamente il potere di controllare l energia elettrica il titolo originale dell opera appunto the power Ben presto questa abilit le porta a sopraffare gli uomini, sempre pi marginalizzati e discriminati Il rovesciamento del femminismo un ottica che spiazza il lettore e lo avvince completamente A questo si aggiunge una prosa molto pop forse un po troppo, alcune svolte narrative sono trattate con estrema faciloneria, soprattutto le storyline a sfondo criminale che si destreggia con punti di vista plurimi, in ambientazioni sparse in tutto il mondo, uno dei tratti pi apprezzabili infatti la portata globale e il respiro storico del libro della Alderman Si sente il debito forte che la scrittrice ha per altro senza farne mistero con la mentore Margaret Atwood, di cui vengono ripresi molti nuclei tematici la narrazione come testimonianza storica, in primis A parte qualche forzatura nei dialoghi, il romanzo si rivela una lettura convincente, originale, elettrica Non vi aspettate un libro impeccabile, aspettatevi una rappresentazione piena di vitalit e violenza su quanto pesa la disparit di genere sulla nostra societ flag 91 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2016 Belinda rated it did not like it review of another edition This was another of those books reviewed on the radio and given loads of positive hype I love sci fi, I love Margaret Atwood Alderman s mentor , and I m a feminist I wanted to read this book because what could go wrong The first 20 chapters seemed to be ok Naomi can write, well, of course she can, and the premise was sound Women have been altered genetically by pollutants and have developed a skein This enables them to generate electricity Suddenly they are the powerful sex.We follow This was another of those books reviewed on the radio and given loads of positive hype I love sci fi, I love Margaret Atwood Alderman s mentor , and I m a feminist I wanted to read this book because what could go wrong The first 20 chapters seemed to be ok Naomi can write, well, of course she can, and the premise was sound Women have been altered genetically by pollutants and have developed a skein This enables them to generate electricity Suddenly they are the powerful sex.We follow three women Roxy, Mother Eve, and Margot and 1 man Tunde as the world changes Tunde is a journalist who chronicles demonstrations, political changes, and the uprising of men who hate their secondary status Roxy is a woman who has the most powerful skein out there Mother Eve, originally Allie, grows up in foster care and is abused until she murders Mr whoever and has to run away and create a new identity Margot s a politician who is at the forefront of helping to empower women by providing them with classes on how to manage their gift.Things start to go pear shaped when power goes to everyone s heads The sort of brutality that women have to currently put up with all the time, the sexism, the put downs, rape, pain, torture, murder, now happens to men Often the men seek it because it enhances sex, but women go crazy, especially once Glitter, a drug that makes women s electrical charges powerful, comes along.It all sounds ok, right Well, it isn t I don t care one bit about Alderman s link with Atwood, her ability to write a good sentence, or the fact this book has sold and sold and sold, been broadcast on BBC radio 4, and will probably end up as a movie It s sick I get that the world would alter considerably if women became the big kahunas I get that things could go wrong I also understand that there could be a real backlash against men if women suddenly became so strong that they could do whatever they wanted to a man, but I don t believe women would become so feral and so insanely cruel.To me this book undermines women because it seems to say, If we had The Power we d rape men, kill them, physically pull them to pieces, because we can t act humanely To me it says that even if women were physically strong we re mentally and emotionally too weak to do the right thing Sure, this is fiction, but it s so gratuitously violent wait until the scene where the women murder two tiny children hiding in a metal drum that it is insulting and repulsive.The best books manage to show the many faces of humanity Women are seen as nurturers, creators, emotionally expressive, as well as smart, funny, moody, and so on But in The Power they act like beasts Even Margot, mother of Jocelyn, is totally selfish.What a horrible book this is I wanted to give it no stars to express how much I ended up hating it Read it if you want, but don t say I didn t warn you flag 83 likesLike see review View all 42 comments Mar 21, 2017 Simon rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 alternate world where power is literally and electrifyingly in women s hands and follows how the power effects them Which is the greater power love, hate, survival, revenge Not terrifying because women are in charge but because of what some of them do with their power As terrifying as men, whi 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 alternate world where power is literally and electrifyingly in women s hands and follows how the power effects them Which is the greater power love, hate, survival, revenge Not terrifying because women are in charge but because of what some of them do with their power As terrifying as men, which is the point I know and it s very well done flag 78 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 15, 2017 Monica rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites, books i loved Are patriarchies peaceful because men are peaceful Or do 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 historian living in a matriarchal world where women hold the power This book doesn t just flip gender roles It delves into complicated discussions around systemic oppression, power, rape culture, gender, and religion The book is an unflinching dystopian yet also a mirror of our world today It for Are patriarchies peaceful because men are peaceful Or do 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 historian living in a matriarchal world where women hold the power This book doesn t just flip gender roles It delves into complicated discussions around systemic oppression, power, rape culture, gender, and religion The book is an unflinching dystopian yet also a mirror of our world today It forces you to ask hard questions about your beliefs It s also a ridiculously gripping story that had me sucked in and invested in every character EVERYONE should read this book I am still reeling from it and am going to need some time to sit with it to get out my full thoughts together.Major TW for rape and assault flag 75 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 21, 2018 Heidi The Hippie Reader rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fantasy and sci fi, feminism, netgalley In The Power, young women have developed the ability to control electricity It shifts the balance of power between the sexes and the world begins to come apart at the seams.It is told from the point of view of a few women and a man They each have different stories and experiences that Naomi Alderman blends together to create a powerful statement about how we live.This is one of the most disturbing books I ve ever read, but also, most brilliant It made me think about all of the internal biases In The Power, young women have developed the ability to control electricity It shifts the balance of power between the sexes and the world begins to come apart at the seams.It is told from the point of view of a few women and a man They each have different stories and experiences that Naomi Alderman blends together to create a powerful statement about how we live.This is one of the most disturbing books I ve ever read, but also, most brilliant It made me think about all of the internal biases I have when it comes to gender, cultural expectations and roles.Who was it who said Absolute power corrupts absolutely This book is an examination of power and how it has shaped the world, not always for the better.The monumental societal shift starts out small enough A man named Tunde captures a moment between a young woman and a man who was hitting on her at the grocery store Tunde is recording when she turns around There she is, bringing her hand to his arm when he smiles and thinks she is performing mock fury for his amusement If you pause the video for a moment at this point, you can see the charge jump loc 261, ebook.Those who have been abused are likely to become abusers And there are many, many abused women in the world A strange new kind of fighting which leaves boys mostly boys, sometimes girls breathless and twitching, with scars like unfurling leaves winding up their arms or legs or across the soft flesh of their middles Their first thought after disease is a new weapon, something these kids are bringing into school, but as the first week trickles into the second they know that s not it loc 316, ebook.Entire governments crumble to powerful women Women who have been locked up their entire lives roam the streets, free Soon enough, they re locking up and abusing the men, because they can.Religions change Sexual predilections change New politicians are elected New soldiers are trained Allie thinks, God is telling the world that there is to be a new order That the old way is overturned The old centuries are done loc 681, ebook.The new scourge of third world countries are powerful, uncontrolled women He wounds three of the women in the leg or arm and the others are on him like a tide There is a sound like eggs frying When Tunde gets close enough to show what has been done, he is perfectly still, the twisted vine marks across his face and neck so thick that his features are barely discernible loc 884, ebook.I think book clubs may find plenty to talk about in this book if they can make it through There are some very disturbing scenes Gender is a shell game What is a man Whatever a woman isn t What is a woman Whatever a man is not Tap on it and it s hollow Look under the shells it s not there loc 4780, ebook.In a time when so many women may feel powerless or voiceless, The Power may speak directly to them It is, as I ve said, a disturbing book, but also a conversation starter.To quote Victor Hugo Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. And, in my mind, it was the perfect time for this book to be written flag 73 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Aug 20, 2017 Helene Jeppesen rated it liked it review of another edition A great thriller with a somewhat dissatisfying ending flag 68 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 18, 2018 Paula Kalin rated it liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Dystopian and YA fans Recommended to Paula by Women s Baileys prize Shelves womens baileys prize, published 2016, dystopia, book club, read in 2018 Okay The Power won the Women s Baileys prize for fiction in 2017 so I recommended we read this in my bookclub which we will be discussing this week A good bookclub read Yes, plenty to talk about The world turns around when teenage girls develop a lightning strike physical power There is a reversal in gender roles Women are now in power, but do they start to solve the woes of the day No They turn into barbarians who rape, murder, enslave, etc Women act the way some men do now What s too Okay The Power won the Women s Baileys prize for fiction in 2017 so I recommended we read this in my bookclub which we will be discussing this week A good bookclub read Yes, plenty to talk about The world turns around when teenage girls develop a lightning strike physical power There is a reversal in gender roles Women are now in power, but do they start to solve the woes of the day No They turn into barbarians who rape, murder, enslave, etc Women act the way some men do now What s too unbelievable is this power doesn t dish out a variety of responses Shouldn t we be seeing some or at least a few of the characters wanting to change society for the better Don t get me wrong, this book was very well written I just didn t anticipate the reversal of roles to play out this way.3 stars rounded up to 3.5 due to Roxy flag 66 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Sep 01, 2018 Carol Bookaria rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, fiction, sci fi This is an insightful, fictional exploration of shifts of power and the repercussions that a such sudden and dramatic change can have in society.I am absolutely amazed by this work by Naomi Alderman, this is the first book I read from her and definitely won t be the last.In the story, women in contemporary times develop the ability to emit electricity through their hands which can be used to physically hurt other people, they call this ability the power As you can imagine, some of them start This is an insightful, fictional exploration of shifts of power and the repercussions that a such sudden and dramatic change can have in society.I am absolutely amazed by this work by Naomi Alderman, this is the first book I read from her and definitely won t be the last.In the story, women in contemporary times develop the ability to emit electricity through their hands which can be used to physically hurt other people, they call this ability the power As you can imagine, some of them start zapping personas non grata right away and that s all I want to share about the premise.The story is told from the points of view of four people, Roxy, Tunde, Allie, and Margot, they are characters with different backgrounds and paths in life.My favorite part is the ending which left me reeling Overall, the story was deeply incisive and imaginative, I highly recommend it flag 61 likesLike see review View all 14 comments May 14, 2017 Peter Boyle rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves womens prize nominee, speculative fiction 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 in this thrilling Atwoodian tale Get ready to hear a lot about The Power it s one of the favourites for this year s Baileys Prize and the TV rights have already been snapped up.Teenage girls across the planet develop the ability to deliver electric shocks through their fingertips, by means o 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 in this thrilling Atwoodian tale Get ready to hear a lot about The Power it s one of the favourites for this year s Baileys Prize and the TV rights have already been snapped up.Teenage girls across the planet develop the ability to deliver electric shocks through their fingertips, by means of a skein of charged tissue across their chest They can also awaken this power in older women The upheaval generated by this transformation is seen through the eyes of four major characters Allie, a survivor of an abusive foster home, who becomes a leader of the new world order by re styling herself as the messianic Mother Eve Roxy, the daughter of a London mob boss and one of the women s most formidable fighters Margot, mayor of an American town and someone whose astute understanding of the crisis causes her to rise rapidly through the halls of political power and Tunde, a charming Nigerian boy who captures some of the first footage of the power being unleashed and evolves into one of the foremost journalists covering the revolution.A dramatic metamorphosis crackles around the globe Nobody knows how to handle such an unprecedented situation In the US there are calls for girls to practice abstinence, while others propose camps where they can exercise their powers in a controlled environment In countries like Saudi Arabia where women have long been oppressed, there are swift uprisings and violent demonstrations in the streets The exiled Arabian King sets up shop in Moldova, where an enraged and fearless female population wage war against his army.A matriarchal society would surely be a much caring and nurturing place, wouldn t it Well it s not long before cracks begin to show Absolute power corrupts absolutely, as the old saying goes, and the dream of a female governed utopia soon turns sour Men become second class citizens and this world unfurls into a mirror image of the one it left behind.The plot is fast paced and endlessly thought provoking, and there so many clever inventions throughout the story, such as the illustrations of archaeological finds I must admit though, that I admired the concept a little than the execution The writing is competent but undistinguished it marks the book out as of a thriller than a work of literature I also found some of the characters a bit clich d, especially Roxy, whose Eastenders style cockney dialogue often made me cringe But the best kind of speculative fiction causes the reader to look at the world in a different light, and The Power certainly does that It is an exciting and ambitious novel, bursting with ideas and attitude flag 62 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Nov 11, 2017 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing review of another edition A completely plausible and believable piece of fiction that suggests a world run by women would be no different than a world run by men The swapped gender stereotypes and roles in society hurt as much as they ring true Sometimes you can t see a thing until you get a full view of every side.The final line before the author signs off is now my favorite last line of all time THE POWER is a brutal, rage inducing, thought provoking novel that should be require reading in schools Especially for bo A completely plausible and believable piece of fiction that suggests a world run by women would be no different than a world run by men The swapped gender stereotypes and roles in society hurt as much as they ring true Sometimes you can t see a thing until you get a full view of every side.The final line before the author signs off is now my favorite last line of all time THE POWER is a brutal, rage inducing, thought provoking novel that should be require reading in schools Especially for boys flag 60 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2018 Tatiana rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, sci fi I thought this was riveting A thrilling, scary, violent Atwood Bacigalupi combo flag 60 likesLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Books and Jams Re Ending and final thoughts 5 51 Jan 01, 2019 02 33PM Leander Readers Final Thoughts December 3 9 Dec 30, 2018 06 40PM Booking It First meeting 3 4 Dec 16, 2018 03 36PM Books and Jams Re Part 2 up to Five years to go 4 15 Dec 15, 2018 09 39AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Since its publication in the United Kingdom, it has been issued in the USA, Germany, Israel, Holland, Poland and France and is due to be published in Italy, Hungary and Croatia.She wrote the narrative for The Winter House, an online, interactive yet linear short story visualized by Jey Biddulph The project was commissioned by Booktrust as part of the Story campaign, supported by Arts Council England 3 Books by Naomi Alderman More Trivia About The Power 5 trivia questions More quizzes trivia Quotes from The Power It doesn t matter that she shouldn t, that she never would What matters is that she could, if she wanted The power to hurt is a kind of wealth 100 likes This is the trouble with history You can t see what s not there You can look at an empty space and see that something s missing, but there s no way to know what it was 68 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 26166, 33549, 20581, 5863, 1644 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    The Power by Naomi Alderman Oct , The Power In The Power the world is a recognisable place there s a rich Nigerian kid who lounges 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. The Power Book The Secret Official Website The Power Without The Power, there wouldn t be a single human being on the planet Every discovery, invention, and human creation comes from The Power Perfect health, incredible relationships, a The Power Naomi Alderman Books The Power starts with a strong premise, and while it introduces it into the world, the book is strong as well In the current MeToo climate, people ought to read it, if only to confront preconceived notions of the inevitability of patriarchy, power, and gender. The Power The Power Unrated h min Thriller, Sci Fi February USA One by one members of a special project team are being killed by telekinesis the ability to move things with the power of the mind alone The race is to determine which of the remaining team members is In The Power, Women Develop A Weapon That Changes In The Power, Women Develop A Weapon That Changes Everything As draws to a close, another dystopian novel has made it onto some prominent top ten lists Naomi Alderman s The Power It imagines a world in which women discover they have a weapon that makes them physically threatening to men and that weapon changes everything. SNAP The Power Official Video YouTube May , Official music video for the s hit The Power by SNAP Enjoy and check out the other videos To download this and other songs by SNAP , visit Snap The power YouTube Jul , Category Music Song The Power Artist Snap Album Happy New Year Writers Bernard Butler, Brett Anderson Licensed to YouTube by Power TV Series Power tells the story of James Ghost St Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city s elite He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune business, but there s just one problem Ghost is living a double life. Power Episodes STARZ Episode information including previews and summaries for Power, a STARZ Original Series. Power TV series Power TV series Power is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Courtney A Kemp It originally aired on the Starz network on June , , and has run for five seasons It tells the story of James St Patrick Omari Hardwick ,

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        Naomi Alderman born 1974 in London is a British author and novelist.Alderman was educated at South Hampstead High School and Lincoln College, Oxford where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics She then went on to study creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a novelist.She was the lead writer for Perplex City, an Alternate reality game, at Mind Candy from 2004 th Naomi Alderman born 1974 in London is a British author and novelist.Alderman was educated at South Hampstead High School and Lincoln College, Oxford where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics She then went on to study creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a novelist.She was the lead writer for Perplex City, an Alternate reality game, at Mind Candy from 2004 through June, 2007 1 Her father is Geoffrey Alderman, an academic who has specialised in Anglo Jewish history She and her father were interviewed in The Sunday Times Relative Values feature on 11 February 2007 2 Her literary debut came in 2006 with Disobedience, a well received if controversial novel about a rabbi s daughter from North London who becomes a lesbian, which won her the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers.Since its publication in the United Kingdom, it has been issued in the USA, Germany, Israel, Holland, Poland and France and is due to be published in Italy, Hungary and Croatia.She wrote the narrative for The Winter House, an online, interactive yet linear short story visualized by Jey Biddulph The project was commissioned by Booktrust as part of the Story campaign, supported by Arts Council England 3


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    1. It doesn t matter that she shouldn t, that she never would What matters is that she could, if she wanted. TW rape.Ooh, this is a toughie I have a lot of mixed feelings about Alderman s The Power It s an intriguing and clever concept, but this never really translates into an engaging story.Imagine if one day, suddenly, girls developed a strange physical power they can produce electricity inside them They can use this power to hurt, to torture, and to kill A world that is built on patriarc [...]


    2. 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 the other way around, you d go mad NO SHIT SHERLOCK Damn right, the idea of a society in which one sex is systematically oppressed through the threat or use of physical and sexual violence infuriates me The concept of one sex being disproportionately raped, killed and restricted sickens me B When a ma [...]


    3. Wow.I finished this novel at midnight last night and after I went to bed, I blinked into my pillow and tried to think of what words I would type into this box on apart from that first one wow After a few minutes thought, I figured I could add intelligent and uncomfortable and thought provoking The problem with all of those is that they get used so often that we see only hyperbole This book, like many others, bears a jacket printed darkly with other authors saying great things Wow.I finished thi [...]



    4. Seriously Christ this is a mess I m obviously wrong considering all the glowing praise and award winning going on here, but can t for the life of me understand what the fuss is about I mean, great concept but poor execution Way too many of the chapters felt off or forced, I didn t invest in any of the characters, and the ending didn t redeem it in fact, probably made it worse.Very disappointed.


    5. a brilliant read that explores power and gender dynamics in a fascinating and thrilling way i do think this book favors the ideas and the writing over the story arc some parts weren t quite as cohesive as i would ve liked but i did still thoroughly enjoy this it was so captivating and frustrating and horrifying and familiar all at once i will definitely be thinking about this book for a long while, and i think it would be an excellent choice to read with a friend bookclub because there are a bri [...]


    6. 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 class Margot is a politician with grand aspirations and a vulnerable teenage daughter Allie is a young woman whose religious foster parents are not what they seem Roxy, Tunde, Margot, and Allie have relatively normal lives, until something extraordinary happens Teenage girls acquire supernatur [...]


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