‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman

The Power imagines a world in which teenage girls all over the globe discover that they posses the inexplicable ability to conduct electricity with their bodies. The far-reaching and unpredictable consequences of this change are described from a range of different perspectives in this fast-paced, highly readable, and thought-provoking book.

Unavoidably, the novel considers issues around gender and around inequality between the genders, but more widely it asks questions exploring the nature of power itself, and how an imbalance of this effects the structures around which our society is built – something it has never been more important to consider. The novel bears some resemblance to Margaret Atwood’s classic The Handmaids Tale as well as to Emily St. John Mandel’s fantastic Station Eleven, and could in some ways, I think, be compared to Suzanne Collins’ extremely successful Hunger Games series. The Power successfully marries the exploration of big, important ideas with engaging and accessible story telling. It is very enjoyable, and comes highly recommended by me!

Naomi Alderman





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