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December 22, 2017

Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION

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.

The Power by Naomi Alderman
Publication Date:  October 10, 2017
Publisher:  Little, Brown

 

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It was the title of The Power that got me interested in reading. I mean, like most readers (I’m hoping) I wanted to know what ‘the power’ was and what its importance was to the story. Believe me when I say that I was incredibly shocked (pun intended) by just what The Power was, in every way. It was a novel that I enjoyed, one that got me thinking, and was a novel that was refreshing in its originality.

            For any readers who haven’t had an opportunity to read a description of author Naomi Alderman’s The Power, the novel focuses on what would happen to the modern world is women woke with the power to evoke electricity using only their minds. This leads to great discourse throughout the globe as women who were once oppressed rise up using their new power. The power leads to great change throughout the globe in areas such as politics, religion, and culture. Revolutions are had, worldviews are changed, and ultimately mankind will never be the same again.

            The world of The Power was believable, and incredibly well-written. There was no doubt in my mind while reading that what occurred within the novel was within reason, and grounded in science. Everything about The Power was so thought out, and executed wonderfully. I adored the lore and the history that Alderman gave readers. It all made for The Power to become a unique reading experience.

            The characters in the novel all possessed different perspectives on the rise of the power. Each major character offered new ways to view the power, both as a good and bad thing, and also advanced the plot. I personally enjoyed getting to see not only female, but male outlooks on the situation, and also enjoyed the opportunity to see how the globe changed from behind these characters’ eyes.

            My only real issue with the novel was pacing. I felt that most chapters dragged on into the next, and while I loved getting to learn more about the world and the power (and the science of it), what I wanted to see more of was the plot. Even when the plot did advance, I felt emotionally distant to any major changes, and wasn’t affected by them on a deeper level.

            I would recommend The Power to readers who are looking for a novel that will make them think, as well as to any readers who are looking for a novel that will make them question everything they think they know. Readers who are looking for a novel filled with action, drama, and science fiction would also adore The Power.

 

About Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman (born 1974 in London) is a British author and novelist.

Alderman was educated at South Hampstead High School and Lincoln College, Oxford where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She then went on to study creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a novelist.
She was the lead writer for Perplex City, an Alternate reality game, at Mind Candy from 2004 through June, 2007.[1]
Her father is Geoffrey Alderman, an academic who has specialised in Anglo-Jewish history. She and her father were interviewed in The Sunday Times "Relative Values" feature on 11 February 2007.[2]

Her literary debut came in 2006 with Disobedience, a well-received (if controversial) novel about a rabbi's daughter from North London who becomes a lesbian, which won her the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers.
Since its publication in the United Kingdom, it has been issued in the USA, Germany, Israel, Holland, Poland and France and is due to be published in Italy, Hungary and Croatia.
She wrote the narrative for The Winter House, an online, interactive yet linear short story visualized by Jey Biddulph. The project was commissioned by Booktrust as part of the Story campaign, supported by Arts Council England. [3]

 

 

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