“Excitement about this dystopian novel has been arcing across the Atlantic since it won the Women’s Prize for Fiction earlier this year in England. Alderman’s premise is simple, her execution endlessly inventive.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best 10 Books of 2017.
“Alderman’s inventive, globe-spanning thriller imagines a world in which girls and women have discovered they have the ability to maim and kill men thanks to a mysterious new electrical power.”
Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“Alderman imagines our present moment — our history, our wars, our politics — complicated by the sudden manifestation of a lethal ‘electrostatic power’ in women that upends gender dynamics across the globe.”
Featured in New York Times’ Best 10 Books of 2017.
— One of the New York Times’s Ten Best Books of 2017
— A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017
— One of the Washington Post’s Ten Best Books of 2017
— An NPR Best Book of 2017
— One of Entertainment Weekly’s Ten Best Books of 2017
— A Bustle Best Book of 2017
— A Paste Magazine Best Novel of 2017
— A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017
— Winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
— One of President Obama’s favorite reads of 2017
— A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
— An Amazon Best Book of 2017
The list of accomplishments that this novel by Naomi Alderman has achieved is quite extensive. Her work with this piece has gained her the title of Winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Michael Schaub of NPR calls it a “Novels based on premises like the one at the core of The Power can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly — her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly.”
The novel is called The Power and addresses the question: What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
The ambitious and provocation plot takes readers on a thrilling journey that incites the senses as she exposes a new world that is bold and surprising. In The Power, teenage girls now have immense physical power. They are strong enough that they can cause agonizing pain and even death.
By this small turn of nature, the world has drastically been reset.