The Power

The Power

by Naomi Alderman

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What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
"The Power is our era's The Handmaid's Tale." --Ron Charles, Washington Post
One of the New York Times's Ten Best Books of the YearOne of President Obama's favorite reads of the YearA Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of the YearAn NPR Best Book of the Year
One of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the YearA Bustle Best Book of the Year
A Paste Magazine Best Novel of the YearA New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceAn Amazon Best Book of the Year

"Alderman's writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly." --Michael Schaub, NPR
In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316547659
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 6,296
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Naomi Alderman is the recipient of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for The Power. She is also the author of The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in ten languages, and has been made into a film by Rachel Weisz. Alderman was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was chosen by Margaret Atwood as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is the cocreator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app Zombies, Run! She contributes regularly to The Guardian and presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.

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The Power 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deeply disturbing and thought provoking. Unheimlich and uncomfortable. Great story and plot and characters all expressing a fascinating premise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading even though I wanted to at times. Loved the commentary at the end. Thanks for dreaming this up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and fascinating. I love the multiple character exploration of the ability of power to change and mold a person. Definitely worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written. Original and thought provoking,
Anonymous 7 months ago
BookReader12345 9 months ago
I have weird feelings on this one. While I appreciate the idea behind it and, in actuality, it has a really good message about toxicity, masculinity, and what power really means in different hands, I just couldn't get past a few things that felt off to me. For starters, I am not big on the religious aspect in The Power and it really took away from the bigger part of the story. This story really shows how power affects people and not for the better. Power in anyone's hands can lead to destruction, but I don't like the idea of how hard it seems to backfire. If anything, I think that women getting so carried away made the world worse and more war-torn which might have been the intended reaction. Essentially, power corrupts. I liked the concept of the skein and all the side effects of it being removed or the situations where it was an anomaly in a male body in particular, since it is so realistic. But the whole Mother Eve plotline felt short and left a sour taste in my mouth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book. I couldn't put it down
152150 More than 1 year ago
Elegantly written, good character development and wonderful "alternative history" ideas. At the same time nicely action-packed. Quick and gratifying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very violent. Could not finish this book. Too much hate and revenge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts off strong, drags a bit toward the end. Still worth the read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read if you're someone who likes books that require you to really "think". Makes you really evaluate the way you view "power" and "dominance" within and outside of gender.
Candice_S More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely PHENOMENAL, and will land a top spot in my Best Reads of 2018 list, without question. The Power follows 4 very different characters as they move through a new world, in which women have an immense physical power that can cause incredible pain, injury and death to anyone they choose to use it on. Tunde, a rich Nigerian kid who finds himself immersed in recording this incredible new world; Allie, a foster kid whose religious guardians shape her desire to escape; Roxy, a tough girl, bred from a London family of thugs; and Margot, a ruthless politician whose ambition knows no bounds. These characters are shaped by the world they lived in before, and this new dawn, where teenage girls are something to be equally revered and feared, where women become the dominant sex, and where rules were made to be broken. The repercussions of this power ripple out, and the world finds itself on a precipice of making the same mistakes over again in the never ending battle for domination. This book is riveting - I could not put this down. I found myself equally thrilled, horrified, inspired and heartbroken - Naomi Alderman has created a powerful piece of work that subtly probes at the underlying question of how different would our world look, really, if the dominant gender roles were reversed and history had a chance to rewrite itself. Fans of Margaret Atwood will delight in this. An absolutely brilliant choice for book clubs everywhere, this read will be sparking debate for weeks and months to come
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
Ok, listen: you need to read this book. It’s epic. And genius in its intricacies. It’s so, so clever, and Alderman does a phenomenal job of dissecting the concept of gender as power. I’ve heard it classified as feminist science fiction and dystopia, and I’d say that’s all true. That’s pretty much all that I’m going to say. I won’t even mention my favorite characters because I want you to go into it with an open mind. I read it as a buddy read and was so engrossed in the story every time I picked it up, that I had to actively force myself to insert my bookmark and set it down when I finished each section so I wouldn’t read ahead. We had some awesome discussions; there is so much to talk about in these pages. Read it. Then find someone else who’s read it so you can talk about all the things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hauntingly good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't be able to put it down. Character and plot driven. Best of both worlds! A glimpse into the future? The pendulum is about to swing the other way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starting interesting...progressively deteriorated. Not worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reverse of what is happening today , intriguing !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It caused a long discussion at my house!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book i have ever read