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The Power

By Naomi Alderman
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Publisher Description

In this stunning bestseller praised as "our era's Handmaid's Tale," a fierce new power has emerged—and only women have it (Washington Post). 

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.

"Captivating, fierce, and unsettling...I was riveted by every page. Alderman's prose is immersive and, well, electric." —New York Times Book Review

382 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Interesting take on how gender inequality affects us today, just reversed. The idea for the book was creative, it just felt very disjointed as it played out.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersTwistyThought-provokingAbuseMisogynySexual assaultViolenceBad writingUnsatisfying plot
Slightly Smiling Face“WOMAN POWER”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered characters
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingAddictiveFast-pacedUnpredictableImmersive settingRealistic settingThought-provokingViolence
Slightly Smiling Face“Check trigger warnings before reading. Some scenes were hectic. Thought provoking and fast paced. Enjoyable reading from all of the different perspectives of people and their different roles. Characters were well developed and diverse.”
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Heroic figuresWhimsicalAction-packedDescriptiveBad writing

About Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman is the recipient of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for The Power. She is also the author of The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in ten languages, and has been made into a film by Rachel Weisz.

Alderman was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was chosen by Margaret Atwood as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is the cocreator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app Zombies, Run! She contributes regularly to The Guardian and presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.

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