The Power

The Power

by Naomi Alderman


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The Power by Naomi Alderman

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

One of President Obama's favorite reads of 2017

"The Power is our era's The Handmaid's Tale." —Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Novels based on premises like the one at the core of The Power can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly — her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly." —Michael Schaub, NPR

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

An Amazon Best Book of 2017


What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power—they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316547611
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 521
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Naomi Alderman is the author of The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in 10 languages, and is being made into a film by Rachel Weisz.
She was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was chosen by Margaret Atwood to be part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is the co-creator 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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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
Hauntingly good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written. Original and thought provoking,
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 8 months ago
Anonymous 10 months 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starting interesting...progressively deteriorated. Not worth the time.
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!
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
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
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
It caused a long discussion at my house!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reverse of what is happening today , intriguing !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book i have ever read