The Power

The Power

Book - 2017 | First North American edition
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When a new force takes hold of the world, people from different areas of life are forced to cross paths in an alternate reality that gives women and teenage girls immense physical power that can cause pain and death.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First North American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316547611
0316547611
Branch Call Number: F ALDER-N
Characteristics: 386 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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kmobuckeye
Feb 11, 2019

It got a little violent at times, but I do like the turn

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zenjay
Feb 04, 2019

A very original premise which I liked a great deal. The structure of the book is also striking (an interesting take on a countdown to a global event rather than a focus on the aftermath). However I didn't always engage with all of the characters and it was a stretch to understand how they all fitted convincingly nto the overall story arc. Nevertheless, an enjoyable and challenging perspective on gender roles.

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eappelbaum
Jan 03, 2019

Fascinating and disturbing. The portrayal of women abusing men is dismaying; so is the present reality, of men abusing women (and occasionally vice versa).

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Nymeria23
Jan 01, 2019

I want to recommend this book indefinitely.
I read this in a college class and I loved it. I thought it was so well written, so intriguing and insightful. Then my class began to discuss it and I realized how much I had missed in my initial reading. And I loved it all the more because of how it left me in awe. It's hard for me to even write a review because I have so many feelings and thoughts about this book I would have a very difficult time writing them all down. I was just left thoroughly amazing.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 31, 2018

I jumped on the bandwagon and read this since everyone I knew was reading it (#sheep), and am overall glad I did. I think the premise is brilliant and thought-provoking, though I do feel that Alderman loses the plot a bit at a certain point -- her message, in my opinion, becomes a bit muddled. But I love the ending, and the book is worth reading just for the bits written by a woman editor to a man in which the ways that they communicate are completely gender-flipped compared to how men and women communicate with each other in the world as it currently exists. There's lots of good bits about this book, but those emails are brilliant.

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jmreid1220
Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2017

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

A slow burn that deserves to be read with attention and considered -- a thought-provoking meditation on the fallacies of history and of experience, gender roles in society, and whether absolute power corrupts absolutely. THE POWER was at times reminiscent of ANNIHILATION, LORD OF THE FLIES, and HANDMAID'S TALE, and should be read widely.

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conniemaas
Nov 04, 2018

The Power.. Good book, fact read.. However if women had the power they would not treat men with so much disregard as described in the book. I don' t think sex plays as big a part in women's need for power. Women don't often use power to get sex. The man who wrote the book doesn't understand biology.

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KatG1983
Oct 31, 2018

This book is an illustration of what it would be like if the power dynamics between men and women shifted and men were treated the way women are today. In the story women develop an organ that creates electric power that they can exert over others. What's interesting is that so many people have described how disturbing certain events in the book are; when in reality these disturbing acts are perpetrated onto women every single day. Women have to put up with the violence and oppression constantly, and yet the book is declared as 'so disturbing' the moment the script is flipped and men are the victims. The author is not actually saying that the world would devolve into violence if women were the ones in charge - it examines why society is so accepting of the violence that occurs when men are in power. Anyway, it's a super well written book and a compelling read. Worth your time.

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mnack_0
Oct 25, 2018

This was a REALLY disturbing read!! As one commentator noted - not one you want to read for bedtime. It will haunt your dreams. But I am SO glad I read it! Definitely thought-provoking. As is famously said: "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely!" Chilling!! And somehow so apropos of our current times.

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