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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

2107 Reviews

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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Speculative fiction at its best. It’s both satisfying and terrifying. Some of my favourite parts were the fictionalized foreword and afterword and the diagrams throughout the novel. I feel like there were elements missing from the book but the sheer power of the language and gut-punch of having gender disparities turned on its head was too powerful to put down.”
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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Woah, this was intense. Such a good dystopian, speculative fiction books that looks at what would the world be like if women were the more powerful gender. The story was tense and riveting. It does not shy away from the violence a turn like this would bring and the various ways people would react. Such a good read that I’ll be thinking about for a while.”
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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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