The Power

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Author: Naomi Alderman
Publisher: Little, Brown
Category: Fiction

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About The Author

Naomi Alderman is the author of The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in 10 languages, and is being made into a film by Rachel Weisz.
She was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was chosen by Margaret Atwood to be part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is the co-creator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app, Zombies, Run! She contributes regularly to the Guardian and presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.


  • tandah
    LibraryThing Review Think this would have been a great short story; possibly two short stories – but as a novel, felt the concept was stretched out across choppy, choppy chapters with really limited plot holding it together – I think the structure may appeal more to sci-fi fans.
  • kk1
    LibraryThing Review Despite its title, I found this book to be disempowering and depressing (as a woman). Women gain powers and use them to control, bully, maim, kill men. Hello dystopia, my old friend. I found it hard
  • alanteder
    LibraryThing Review The premise and the world building here were intriguing and well-imagined. The energy was somewhat dispersed though by too many protagonists (4 story lines) not all of which were compelling. The story
  • mooingzelda
    LibraryThing Review This is a very clever book. It’s not the first novel to shine a light on the state of today’s world by using a ‘what if ?’ scenario, but The Power does it more effectively than many other books
  • SChant
    LibraryThing Review This book took me back to some of the 70’s feminist SF that I loved.It has the sharp humour of Joanna Russ – The Female Man, The Adventures of Alyx – and the bitter anger of Suzy McKee Charnas’s
  • jackdeighton
    LibraryThing Review The Power imagines what it would be like, how interactions between the sexes would be affected, how society would be changed, if women developed the ability to administer electric shocks – in much the
  • Eyejaybee
    LibraryThing Review There has been a lot of hype about this book, which only increased after it won this year’s Baileys Women’s Fiction Prize. For once, it is absolutely justified. In fact, I wonder whether the various

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