The Power

The Power

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"In "The Power," the world is a recognizable place: 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 and women now have immense physical power--with a flick of their fingers, they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, everything changes drastically."--
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2017]
Edition: First North American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316547611
Branch Call Number: Alderman, N
Characteristics: 386 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Mar 08, 2018

Power doesn't care about its owner, human do it because we can.

Good construction (convoluted, intriguing), I was captivated mostly. Gender-based violence, so repulsive to become unbearable under the influence of "Glitter", ended up revolving around a philosophical agenda of human race evolution, which gave me some aha moments, yet to off me a clear view of things in a mixed bag.
I'm for Roxy, Tunde, and Jocelyn who were more than victims and protagonists. I'm not sure of Allie (Mother Eve) and Margot (the opportunist?). Tunde, the only one who record/witness the history truthfully, is male.
Usage of realistic social media across the current world demography made the fantasy plot believable.

VaughanPLErin Oct 19, 2017

Top-notch feminist dystopian science fiction.

This deeply thought-provoking read will have you questioning the meaning of gender, its relationship to power, and everything you thought you knew about human nature. Alderman doesn't just deconstruct familiar gender stereotypes, but reconstructs them by flipping the script and exposing the cognitive biases that colour the way we perceive gender. This is a must read for psychology or sociology buffs, or for anyone who enjoys questioning their own assumptions and thinking about the way they think.

I'll give fair warning that this book contains some pretty disturbing scenes and darker moments that may not be for everyone. It's impossible to fully examine the topics of power, gender, and human nature without also examining the nature of violence, which Alderman potrays vividly.

Although I love this book, I do, however, have a couple of gripes about representation. While significant parts of the story are set in the east, Alderman's perspective is unmistakably western, and the geopolitical aspects of the book are lacking in nuance. I also would've liked to see more exploration of LGBT themes than Alderman offered. In a book chiefly about power and gender, it would have been interesting and illuminating to read about a transgender or non-binary character's experience of the societal shift in Alderman's world.

Despite the above missed opportunities, Alderman's prose is masterful, and the language she chooses serves to weave her themes throughout every aspect of the narrative. The pacing is gripping enough that I couldn't put it down, and the subject matter heavy enough that I frequently found myself pausing mid-page to reflect.

I tried to avoid the redundancy of calling The Power "powerful," but that's what it is. It'll leave a lasting impression on you, and I expect it'll spark rich discussion for a long time to come.

Jun 24, 2017

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