THE POWER, by Naomi Alderman, Viking

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DESCRIPTION:

In The Power the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, 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 changes utterly.

This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

Out October 27th, 2018

MY THOUGHTS:

I was sent this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

My goodness! Teenage girls with deadly powers???? Are you crazy!???

Okay, it’s not just teenage girls that develop the power… But let’s think for a moment, is what’s written here how women would handle such power? Hmmmm I’m not sure. Of course, there will be those who are bullied, abused and repressed that will probably break free of the emotional and physical bonds that bind their spirit. But the rest, would they become these fantastical fighting machines, extraordinary dictators, or take charge bitches on the loose?

Who knows… the concept is enticing but the story does go where no man, or woman have gone before… or should.  I can’t help but reflect over what I’ve read and think, is this what human nature is all about? Revenge? Getting even? Turning the tables? Perhaps, the reflection that should have been written is how women develop this power and then rise above the temptation of cruelty so ingrained in our natures and become something extraordinary.

Now that book, I would read and re-read. This one…

I gave it:

3.5-star

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