The Power

The Power

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/04/2017
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The Power
Best book I've read this year!
I picked up this book on a whim, just on the basis it was on the Baily's shortlist. I wasn't racing home to get the book read but the idea sounded intrigui... READ MORE
Charleigh at Scarborough
The Power
Intense gender-thriller
What would happen if women were suddenly much more powerful than men? Would women build a better world? The story follows a handful of characters playing ... READ MORE
Claudia  Sunderhauf
The Power
A different future
One of my colleagues suggested that I read this book as they had really enjoyed it and I'm glad they did. Naomi has written a book that is full of great c... READ MORE
Samantha at Southend
The Power
Almost there!
Upon reading the synopsis, The Power seemed to be the female led revenge fantasy that we needed. For the most part, it was engaging and compelling- I read ... READ MORE
Shannon at Bath
The Power
Original and compelling!
*Thank you to Penguin Random House for the reading copy of this book!* I've never read anything like this before. Even though comparisons can certainly be... READ MORE
Kelly at Aberystwyth
The Power
I consider myself lucky for having picked up a lot of good books this year. But this one... I don't even know how to describe it. I didn't even want to fin... READ MORE
Diana O. at Aylesbury
The Power
Shocking, clever, feminist dystopian literature
An important and timely book that blew me away. A book that really makes you think about the status quo and the roles of women, not just here but across th... READ MORE
The Power
An astounding and thought provoking book!!
I enjoyed reading this book so much despite feeling uncomfortable in parts. It was so well written and so differently written that I couldn't stop thinkin... READ MORE
Kelly at Aviemore
The Power
A wickedly clever novel
Imagine an alternative world where women suddenly discover they have the power to inflict electric shocks through their fingers. What would happen to socie... READ MORE
Jane at Llandudno
The Power
This has ruined books for me
I should say in a good way. Now every time I read a book I'm waiting for the women to RISE UP so it's disappointing that it doesn't happen in every book. S... READ MORE
Fiona at Sunderland
The Power
Powerful exploration of gender and expected roles
Naomi Alderman’s novel ‘The Power’ is a well-deserved winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017. Naomi takes the idea of a change to which gend... READ MORE
Stephen B at Darlington
The Power
3.5 stars
*I received a review copy of this book for an honest review* This book was featured as the book of the month for the Feminist Book Club held at Waterstones... READ MORE
Eleanor at Piccadilly
The Power
One you won’t get out of your head
I read this book about 3 years ago & I’m still thinking about it.


She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.

It starts with a tingling in the fingers, a feeling of focus, of a change in the rhythm of the world, a pricking of the thumbs.

Power is everywhere, it is under our feet, it circles around the cities and towns we have made our homes. We gather it and order it and make it flow from the centre outwards in a network like veins, pulsing with an electric heartbeat that keeps things functioning just as they always have. Yet power transfers and the time is coming for it to change hands.

What if the power to hurt were in women's hands?

Imagine a world where teenage girls awake one morning with extraordinary physical strength and power that outstrips their male counterparts. Thanks to a newly acquired section of muscle near their collarbone, young women can now conduct electricity like electric eels: inflicting pain or electrocuting to death as they wish. They can even waken this power in older women too. In Naomi Alderman’s The Power, the balance of the world is irrevocably altered overnight.

The novel weaves four central points of view; that of Margot, the ruthlessly ambitious member of American government; Roxy, the somewhat gullible daughter of a London gangster; Tunde, a young Nigerian man who documents the worldwide change known as Day of the Girls; and Allie, a teenage runaway who becomes revered as a deity; through their experiences, we witness the ways in which women utilise their newfound dominance.

This brave new world is far from a utopia however. As uprisings and revolts spread through the world and after the initial delight in female empowerment subsides, a darker side to the new world order emerges.

Exploring the concepts of gender, hierarchy and power, The Power is an ingenious and masterfully crafted piece of feminist science fiction as well as a searing indictment of our contemporary world.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780670919963
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 253g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 28 mm

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The Power
A birthday gift
I was lucky enough to have been gifted this for my birthday (thanks Maria), I had desired it since before it won the baileys. Although it was originally pu... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Power
A disturbing, yet thought-provoking read
I read this with a Waterstones Book Club, and it's not for the faint-hearted, because of the vicious cruelty, rape and murder throughout. But it is a deepl... READ MORE
Philip Davies
The Power
Powerful stuff
Following on from Margaret Atwoods revival of The Handmaid's Tale this superbly written and entertaining book fills a chasm nicely. Great holiday read.
Isabel Caplin
The Power
One of those concepts that's so simple yet so mind-altering, you can't believe this is the first time anyone's done it. Teenage girls begin developing an ... READ MORE
Jill Prewett
The Power
Disappointed after all the hype
After a fairly interesting start, I found the book laboured and somewhat tortuous.
Pam Peers
The Power
Stretched my preparedness to suspend my disbelief. Not sufficiently engaging
Pam Peers
The Power
The Power
Well, this was a bit boring. I’m massively disappointed in The Power because I picked it up after Alderman won a tonne of awards, including the Bailey’s pr... READ MORE
The Power
Gripping and Engaging
I read this for my local book club and couldn't put it down until I was finished. Alderman presents us with a world where women find themselves in charge. ... READ MORE
The Power
I love to recommend the Power to readers of Margaret Atwood who are looking for something new. The global flip of power into the hands of women through a n... READ MORE
Kate Millington
The Power
Intriguing premise...
This isn't the kind of book I would usually read, but it was chosen in my book club for August 2020, and I'm glad to have read it, although it's not going ... READ MORE
The Power
Good read
The storyline is a bit thin, but the writing is good.
Mike Fisher
The Power
Excellent read
I may be one of the few who came to Naomi Alderman via Zombies, Run! rather than via her incredibly popular debut. I knew coming in it would be brillian... READ MORE
Ash Carter
The Power
I disliked the style
From the synopsis I really thought I would enjoy this book but I ran out of steam barely a third of the way through it and couldn't be bothered to finish i... READ MORE
The Power
So much fun
Such a fun read for me! Of course there were characters I grew to genuinely despise but I really liked the narrative in this book-- being able to follow se... READ MORE
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