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  - kk1 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - jackdeighton - LibraryThing

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 ... 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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