The Power (Book Review)
Winner of the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction by Naomi Alderman
Naomi Alderman takes readers on a journey of a world where teenage girls seem to awaken suddenly with special powers- specifically the power to hurt and to kill with just a touch. What follows is a futuristic feminist novel which calls into question whether women would act any different from men if the tables were turned. Alderman writes:
“One of them says, ‘Why did they do it?’
And the other answers, ‘Because they could.’
That is the only answer there ever is.”
While the beginning of the book was fun, it soon took a strange religious and dark turn as the power became institutionalized and the women began to dominate the world.
“It doesn’t matter that she shouldn’t, that she never would. What matters is that she could, if she wanted. The power to hurt is a kind of wealth.”
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