Wednesday, January 31

Review: The Power

The Power
Naomi Alderman

Published By: Penguin
Publication Date: April 6, 2017
Date Read: December 28, 2017
Genre: Adult - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 340

From Goodreads:

'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.'
Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed, and we look at the world in an entirely new light.

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

"This is the trouble with history. You can't see what's not there. You can look at an empty space and see that something's missing, but there's no way to know what it was."

The Power is a book that I probably would never have picked up myself. I'd honestly never heard of it until a friend, who doesn't really read much, told me about it and that he had found it fascinating. After getting it as a gift for Christmas from him I couldn't wait to dive in. It's not my usual read as I usually strictly stick to YA reads. I am so so glad he recommended The Power to me because it is absolutely incredible.

The Power tells the story of a world where women all over are waking up to find they have 'the power'. They can now inflict agonizing pain, even death, with just a flick on the fingers. Suddenly the world isn't so patriarchal anymore and the men are terrified of the women. Boys are warned not to go out alone where the women are.

The Power is absolutely incredible. Naomi really knows how to write a fantastic novel. Right from the start Naomi's writing style grabbed me and I couldn't put the book down. In the past I've read other books regarding the same topic as The Power where the gender inequality switches to the women being more powerful and I've barely made it through any of them because I just couldn't get into the book and associate with the characters. Naomi has shown her story-telling talent by creating a feminist piece of literature that not only grabs you but really has you attached to these characters. The Power is a feminist novel at heart but one that men and women alike will find intriguing and unputdownable.

The Power follows four main characters, three of them women and one male. I was so thrilled that one of the main characters was male. At first I was surprised because, let's be honest, it's a feminist novel, I expected it to be told from the points of view of only women but having Tunde as a narrator was perfect. He showed the point of view of the men. The intrigue to help the women who have been supressed all their life get their power back, but what also develops into fear that the women could kill all of the men should they wish. It gave another side to this story and made it even more intriguing and interesting.

I'm not usually a reader of anything feminist, I find it hard to read them usually as I find a lot of them are a bit too radical and crazy for my liking. What I loved about The Power is it wasn't like that at all. It tells the story of how culture changes with the rising of the women and how the church changes to accomodate this societal change. I found it fascinating and interesting to see how all of the characters acted due to this change in power. It was really intriguing to see not only how the men reacted but how some of the women in other cultures reacted to the change as well.

The Power is a stunning, thought-provoking novel that I would recommend to everyone. I loved every moment of it and I can't recommend it to people enough. I am so glad I gave it the chance and read it. I enjoyed every second and it was utterly stunning. The Power is a must-read for everyone.

"Gender is a shell game. What is a man? Whatever a woman isn't. What is a woman? Whatever a man is not, Tap on it and it's hollow. Look under the shells: it's not there."

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