If you are a member of a book club, I beg you to make this one of your reads. A book you will need to discuss. 4/5 stars.
Thank you to Viking (Penguin Books) and NetGalley for giving me an e-copy of this book in return for an honest review.
The Power will be published October 27th.
The blurb: In The Power the world is a recognisable 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 effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonising 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 Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.
The Power is an excellent, compelling work of speculative fiction. In its best moments it reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s books and it came as little surprise that the author thanks Atwood in the acknowledgements. Please don’t be put off if you don’t usually read sci-fi or speculative fiction and give The Power a try.