The Power

eBook, 350 pages

English language

Published Oct. 10, 2017 by Little Brown and Company.


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4 stars (6 reviews)

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.

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Good but

3 stars

Content warning Kind of hard to discuss the 'but' without giving something of the plot of the book away

Gender reversal dystopia with flaws

4 stars

Content warning Contains spoilers, mentions rape

Gender role reversal, not for the faint of heart

4 stars

Content warning CW: violence, child abuse, sexual assault, rape

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  • Women--Fiction.
  • Teenage girls--Fiction.
  • Muscle strength--Women--Fiction.
  • Sex role--Fiction.
  • Social role--Fiction.