Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

The shape of power is always the same; it is the shape of a tree. Root to tip, central trunk branching and re-branching, spreading wider in ever-thinner, searching fingers.

Book Rating


Book Review

Woah, woah, woah. My mind is reeling. I am…dare I say…shooketh!? The world Naomi Alderman builds in The Power is, in short, breathtaking, terrifying, absolutely shocking.

I didn’t really get what was going to happen until the end….to be fair, I wasn’t trying to foresee the end, I was just enjoying the read! I was along for the ride, reading and reading, not sure where I would end up until it suddenly hit me…. WOW.

I don’t want to spoil anything in The Power for any potential readers. Which, by the way, you should read it. While at first it starts a bit slow, things pick up an alarming rate. It’s not an easy read. There are parts of the novel that are very graphic and may haunt me for days.

Women are surprised with their new powers. Girls realize that they have abilities to shock people. Not just shock-but send deep electric currents. The world, predominantly run by men, has a sudden and unexpected power shift due to this new ability. This book takes you through the moment of discovery to a deeply satisfying close of the book. Satisfying as a reader, yet absolutely mind numbing and terrifying.

The excerpts of artifacts, online postings, letters back and forth–this made it seem like a history book in some ways. There was proof to back it up, interesting to see how she shaped this hauntingly realistic world.

This book brings a lot of fundamental questions to my mind, things I need to talk about! If you’ve read The Power, connect with me! I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on this book.


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