The Power

The Power

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When a new force takes hold of the world, people from different areas of life are forced to cross paths in an alternate reality that gives women and teenage girls immense physical power that can cause pain and death.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First North American edition.
ISBN: 9780316547611
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 22 cm.


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In this electrical and satirical debut, teenage girls all over the globe suddenly gain an unheard of power that disrupts the very structure of civilization.

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Jan 03, 2019

Fascinating and disturbing. The portrayal of women abusing men is dismaying; so is the present reality, of men abusing women (and occasionally vice versa).

Jan 01, 2019

I want to recommend this book indefinitely.
I read this in a college class and I loved it. I thought it was so well written, so intriguing and insightful. Then my class began to discuss it and I realized how much I had missed in my initial reading. And I loved it all the more because of how it left me in awe. It's hard for me to even write a review because I have so many feelings and thoughts about this book I would have a very difficult time writing them all down. I was just left thoroughly amazing.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 31, 2018

I jumped on the bandwagon and read this since everyone I knew was reading it (#sheep), and am overall glad I did. I think the premise is brilliant and thought-provoking, though I do feel that Alderman loses the plot a bit at a certain point -- her message, in my opinion, becomes a bit muddled. But I love the ending, and the book is worth reading just for the bits written by a woman editor to a man in which the ways that they communicate are completely gender-flipped compared to how men and women communicate with each other in the world as it currently exists. There's lots of good bits about this book, but those emails are brilliant.

Dec 29, 2018

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Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

A slow burn that deserves to be read with attention and considered -- a thought-provoking meditation on the fallacies of history and of experience, gender roles in society, and whether absolute power corrupts absolutely. THE POWER was at times reminiscent of ANNIHILATION, LORD OF THE FLIES, and HANDMAID'S TALE, and should be read widely.

Nov 04, 2018

The Power.. Good book, fact read.. However if women had the power they would not treat men with so much disregard as described in the book. I don' t think sex plays as big a part in women's need for power. Women don't often use power to get sex. The man who wrote the book doesn't understand biology.

Oct 31, 2018

This book is an illustration of what it would be like if the power dynamics between men and women shifted and men were treated the way women are today. In the story women develop an organ that creates electric power that they can exert over others. What's interesting is that so many people have described how disturbing certain events in the book are; when in reality these disturbing acts are perpetrated onto women every single day. Women have to put up with the violence and oppression constantly, and yet the book is declared as 'so disturbing' the moment the script is flipped and men are the victims. The author is not actually saying that the world would devolve into violence if women were the ones in charge - it examines why society is so accepting of the violence that occurs when men are in power. Anyway, it's a super well written book and a compelling read. Worth your time.

Oct 25, 2018

This was a REALLY disturbing read!! As one commentator noted - not one you want to read for bedtime. It will haunt your dreams. But I am SO glad I read it! Definitely thought-provoking. As is famously said: "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely!" Chilling!! And somehow so apropos of our current times.

Banks_SusanC Oct 23, 2018

There is a lot of feminist dystopian fiction being published right now, but I think that this is the one that will stand the test of time. The premise is so carefully continued through the whole novel and the social commentary is so spot-on! I hope that someday we won't get the point of this novel, but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

TechLibrarian Oct 15, 2018

If women were in power (and the author imagines, literally, that women possess an electromagnetic charge they can use to injure and kill) would they create a more just and equitable society? Or, would it be just as corrupt and horrific? This is the premise of The Power, a smart, fast-paced book told through intertwining points of view. The Power is thought-provoking and suspenseful, but not necessarily something you'd want to read before bed!

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