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

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

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  • Kathe Coleman
    Mar 17, 2017

    Kathe Coleman

    The Power by Naomi AldermanThe novel opens with a letter from a guy named Neil asking the author to read the draft of his new book proposal and this cleverly sets the framework for the book where women run the world. The Power is set around two thousand years from now when lives are ch...

  • Imi
    Mar 6, 2017


    I really wanted to like this more than I did. I was really excited to read this after hearing Margaret Atwood talking about it on the radio. The world is turned upside down, when women become the dominant gender, gaining power over men. Unfortunately, the whole novel felt underdevelope...

  • Maija
    Feb 25, 2017


    3.5 starsI liked the frame narrative with the letters, it was very clever! ...

  • pax
    Feb 24, 2017


    Let me first get the things that I did not like out of the way: 1. what's with the "framing" of the story, those few pages attached at the beginning and the end? It just does not work. I know what it tries, but compared to the rest of the book it feels crude. And the double-fictionaliz...

  • Katy Noyes
    Feb 18, 2017

    Katy Noyes

    Superb. From the bookends that offer a kick in the guts to the meat of the novel itself, this is a tour-de-force of 'reimagined' social history, complete with historical artefacts and a timeline of a new world order that starts as any new leadership seems to - with hope.A male writer s...

  • Robert
    Feb 16, 2017


    to be read later ...

  • Andrew
    Jan 30, 2017


    At the outset I am not a great reader of Sci fi or dystopian fiction although when well done I enjoy it. I'd heard many good reviews of this novel on various book related podcasts and the premise was so interesting that I picked up the book and thoroughly enjoyed both the plotting of t...

  • Efemia
    Jan 30, 2017


    Alderman’s thriller counts down to a world-wide matriarchy, powered by female electricity. Girls discover they have an electrical “skein” under their skin. They can play games with the arcs of electricity they create, light cigarettes with the power and even unleash enou...

  • Booniss
    Jan 26, 2017


    Still reeling from this even though I finished it last night. This is the history of an alternate world told in the form of a novel. In this world, women become the dominant gender when they discover the power to generate electric shocks. The toppling of the patriarchy is initially won...

  • Prudence and the Crow
    Jan 24, 2017

    Prudence and the Crow

    Oh, what a read this was. First up, I listened to the audiobook version of this, and I would recommend it very highly indeed. The content is tough at times, indeed, it's as tough as fiction can be when it reflects life so darkly and accurately that you would rather not look or listen a...