Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

I don't know if you've watched the show The Power on Prime Video, but its based on this book of the same name by Naomi Alderman. Its a really interesting look into a world where gender rolls are swapped. 

Title: The Power

By: Naomi Alderman

Genre: Fantasy/Scifi/Fiction

Pages: 341

Release Date: October 27th, 2016

Publisher: Viking

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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.


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This was a really interesting read. Not just because of the fantasy content, but how the author imagines the world would react if gender rolls were changed and women developed powers to protect themselves. I think this depiction sounds fairly accurate which is terrifying.

All the characters are amazing, but one stood out to me and that was Eve. Not sure about the voice in her head. Is it really God speaking to her, or has she been so damaged by past events in her life that she's a bit broken? Not sure there, but I love it all the same.

There was a scene in the book where Eve uses the ocean to connect to others around her. She can even block the power of others through the water. Its a really powerful event that helps to shape her roll in this new world.

Favorite Quote:
“You have been taught that you are unclean, that you are not holy, that your body is impure and could never harbor the divine. You have been taught to despise everything you are and to long only to be a man. But you have been taught lies.”

I gave this read a solid 4 out of 5 stars. It was really amazing to read and I found the book much better than the show. Naomi Alderman has a wonderful writers voice and I can't wait to see where this goes.

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