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.
A rich Nigerian boy; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. When a vital new force takes root and flourishes, their lives converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls and women now have immense physical power-- they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And everything changes.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First North American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316547611
0316547611
Characteristics: 386 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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elizali
Apr 03, 2018

Wow. This book was the most intense thing I have read in a long time. It was ghoulishly fun to see power dynamics shifted and a timely reminder that any power imbalance leads to disparity. This book is a page turner with a lot to unpack. Reads like an inverse of The Handmaid's Tale with many of the same themes and takeaways. Must read in 2018!

lindab1111 Mar 25, 2018

I usually don't read dystopian novels. I just don't like the genre. But this title began with a hopeful premise. If women had the power to free themselves literally and figuratively. I wanted this story to be more uplifting. Sadly, women with power were no better and had no vision other than revenge and hate. The world falls into chaos. And the spiritual voice that comes to Mother Eve has no message other than the world needs to be destroyed in order to make way for a "higher" way of being. And then the spiritual voice is done and disappears. What? This book could have been so much more.

multcolib_rachaels Mar 23, 2018

A compelling thriller about women gaining superpowers. But when I finished this book I felt a little disappointed, to me it didn't have much to say about gender. But then I realized: it has a lot of interesting things to say about power. Which she told us in the title.

AL_ANNAL Mar 21, 2018

Would things be different if women were physically more powerful than men? This exploration of how things might be is eye-opening! Rightly chosen as one of the 10 best books of 2017 by the New York Times, NPR, and others.

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 20, 2018

This one reminds me of a flip side of Margaret Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale." I found it riveting.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 19, 2018

The premise of this book is interesting enough, but I felt that it was pretty one-dimensional in the way it approaches sexism and gender issues. I was especially not keen on the presentation of gender as a rigid, unchanging binary.

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jac444
Mar 11, 2018

Quite disappointing really. A plot with little surprises - trite in fact.

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jrcole77
Feb 16, 2018

I really enjoyed this book with its total swap of the male female universe and the exploration of power. Is the tendency toward violence inherent, or just because someone can? Very thought provoking. I will look for more from this author.

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PearlyKayAm1
Feb 06, 2018

Got halfway through and decided it wasn't worth the time it would take to finish it. Predictable dystopian scenario's, nothing really interesting and the switching from one person's viewpoint to another was annoying.

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spiderfelt_0
Feb 02, 2018

As mentioned previously, this book contains deeply disturbing scenes of sexual violence. It left me deeply unsettled when I finished it late last night. My mind was too agitated to fall asleep.

Knowing that the author was part of a mentorship program with Margaret Atwood explains the confusing framing device between the fictional author and a reviewer. It reminded me of the postscript in a Handmaid's Tale.

Overall, I was disappointed with the missed opportunities as pointed out by previous reviewers. Perhaps a few more drafts were in order before publishing.

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