The Power

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2016 - Dystopias - 340 pages
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"In The Powerthe world is a recognizable place- there's a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge, with devastating effects. Now, with the flick of a switch, teenage girls can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly. This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and GrantaBest of Young British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if physical power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world."

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User Review  - alanteder - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - mooingzelda - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Naomi Alderman is the author of four novels-Disobedience, The LessonsandThe Liar's Gospel. She has won the Orange Award for New Writers and the Sunday TimesYoung Writer of the Year Award. She was selected for Granta'sBest of Young British Novelists, and Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future. All of her novels have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. She lives in London.

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