The Power by Naomi Alderman

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if women were in charge? I’d like to think that society would be equal, but after reading the latest novel from the co-creator of Zombies, Run! I’m not so sure…

From the blurb:

All over the world women are discovering they have the power.

With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death.

Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control.  

The day of the girls has arrived – but where will it end? 

The Power is presented as a piece of historical fiction, written by a male author. He has sent the draft to a female friend asking for notes and advice. 

The “novel” is a fictional narrative based on historical evidence supporting the theory that society used to be patriarchal, until women started to develop “skeins”. Skeins are bands of muscle that lay across the collarbone, and allow women to create electrical charges. 

At first only young girls begin to develop these abilities, but soon they discover that they can awaken them in their mothers, sisters, grandmothers and the balance of power is irrevocably changed. 

With great power comes great responsibility, but women are care givers, homemakers, mothers. Women wouldn’t use their powers for evil…would they?

This book was bloody fascinating, and quietly horrifying. The events following the day of the girls build up slowly to an electrifying climax (pun intended).  I can see why it has won the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction.

I particularly enjoyed the communications between the male author and his friend, and her advice about how to present his work. 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Stephani Xxx

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