What would the world look like if men—not women— lived in constant fear of their physical safety? The Power is a terrifying, yet illuminating book that flips a very real issue on its head. Naomi Alderman will not only make you think about gender, but also race, class, war, religion, refugees, and so much more. Reading this book is powerful in itself: its basis in reality is frightening, yet the light Naomi is able to shed on that reality is a timely reminder of why we read and write speculative fiction in today's world. A moving novel--and a call to arms for everyone to pay close attention to the power within themselves.
Praise for THE POWER:
"Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything."
"Magnificent. I'm agog. I'm several gogs. Smart and scary and sad but true. It's
a classic, in the way that it's hard to imagine it ever wasn't there."
"Alderman has written our era's Handmaid's Tale
, and, like Margaret Atwood's classic, The Power
is one of those essential feminist works that terrifies and illuminates, enrages and encourages....This book sparks with such electric satire that you should read it wearing insulated gloves."—Ron Charles
, Washington Post
"Narratively complex, philosophically searching,
and gorgeously rendered."
"Fierce and unsettling...Through immersive prose and a riveting plot, Alderman explores how power corrupts everyone: those who gain it, and those resisting its loss."
, New York Times Book Review
"Richly imagined, ambitious, and propulsively
, The Atlantic
"Alderman's writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly."
"Alderman's tilted dystopia is a smartly layered place of slippery slopes and moral ambiguities, a fitting folktale for strange times."
, Entertainment Weekly
"I was riveted by every page. Alderman's prose
is immersive and, well, electric, and I felt a closed circuit humming between
the book and me as I read."
, New York Times Book Review
"An instant classic of speculative fiction... Smart, readable and joyously achieved."
"Bold and disturbing...it's not just a book of the moment. The Power
is a major innovation in the overlapping genres of feminist dystopia/utopia, science fiction, and speculative fiction."—Elaine Showalter
, New York Review of Books
of speculative fiction (see also: Margaret Atwood and Ben Marcus) about
empowered youth will be struck by Alderman's speedy and thorough inhabitation
of a world just different enough from ours to jolt the imagination. Mothers,
lock up your boys."
, Vanity Fair
"Alderman has the daring and good sense to
eschew go-girl uplift in favor of terrifying and complex dystopia."
, Vulture/ New York Magazine
"A suspenseful thrill ride filled with deep, contrasting female leads on a scaffolding of philosophical questions about how different men and women are at heart....Reminiscent of the work of Alderman's mentor Margaret Atwood, The Power
is perfect for book clubs, where readers will undoubtedly debate the finer points of nature versus nurture."—Jaclyn Fulwood
, Shelf Awareness
"The Power is stupendous. It's gorgeously written, endlessly exciting, fun, and frightening."
, author of A Really Good Day
"The Hunger Games
crossed with The Handmaid's Tale.
"What starts out as a fantasy of female empowerment deepens and darkens into an interrogation of power itself, its uses and abuses and what it does to the people who have it... Alderman's breakout work."
"Outstanding... Alderman imagines a world much like ours, with one difference: teenage girls suddenly have the ability to electrocute people. This is the perfect read if you've been itching for something to get you through to season two of The Handmaid's Tale
is at once as streamlined as a 90-minute action film and as weirdly resonant as one of Atwood's own early fictions... Alderman has conducted a brilliant thought experiment in the nature of power itself...Turning the world inside out, she reveals how one of the greatest hallmarks of power is the chance to create a mythology around how that power was used."—John Freeman
, Boston Globe
"This is a thriller that terrifies and leaves behind a
lingering tingle that's part discomfort and part exhilaration. Easy to read,
hard to put down, difficult to forget."
, Boing Boing"The Power
is a subtly funny, lyrical and utterly subversive vision of an impossible future. As all the best visionaries do, Alderman shines a penetrating and yet merciful light on to our present and the so many cruelties in which we may be complicit."—A.L. Kennedy
"Please, please, PLEASE read Naomi Alderman's The Power.
It'll crack your brain open in all the right ways. Such an important, timely book."
—Literary Death Match
"Audaciously depict[s]...the most extreme
results of a movement that seeks rather than interrogates power: That if
feminism has become a means for domination, it has lost its way."
"Ingenious....Deserves to be read by every woman (and, for that matter, every man)."
, The Times UK
"A page-turning thriller and timely exploration of gender roles, censorship and repressive political regimes, The Power
is a must-read for today's times."—Lauren Bufferd
"Gripping and disturbing, it pushes the reader -- even the confidently feminist reader -- to question the assumptions underlying many of the mechanisms that drive relationships between women and men."
—Harper's Bazaar UK
"Alderman's storytelling is visceral and brave; you'll stay up all night reading after a thousand deals with the clock that you'll put it down after just a few more pages. Gleeful, intelligent, clever, and unflinching, The Power
is the kind of book to keep a person going."—Fiona Zublin
"A searing critique of how power is used in a world in which a long-oppressed class can suddenly fight back."
, Barnes & Noble Blog
"By gleefully replacing the protocols of one gender with another, Alderman has created a thrilling narrative stuffed with provocative scenarios and thought experiments. The Power
is a blast."
, Financial Times UK
"When we say that The Power
is profoundly disturbing and you may well want to argue with it as you read, we mean that in a good way."
—SFX, Five Stars