The book is heavy-handed in many spots, but I loved how it‘s central thought experiment caused me to consider Alderman‘s thesis in depth.
Exhilarating and deeply unsettling; this book blew my mind for a multitude of reasons. I wish I could have read this in college, I actually would have enjoyed discussing it. Not without flaws, but I found it remarkable and will be thinking about it for a while. A 5-star read⚡️
This started off good for me, but the middle lagged. I guess I wasn‘t as interested when the girls all went soldier/war-like on the world. Just didn‘t find those parts as interesting. I can see that it‘s an interesting look on gender role-reversals, though. What would happen if, suddenly, it was mostly women in charge, with all the power. What would happen? Overall, though, I‘m rating it ok.
“The Power” is about women all over the world discovering they have a power, the ability to electrify with a touch; to cause pain or even death! How would our world change if suddenly the patriarchy flipped on its head? This book makes you think, exposes so many underlying truths about our own reality as women in today‘s age! If you enjoyed The Handmaid‘s Tale or Vox this is a definitive must read!
Personally, I think this one was worth the hype. There were parts that had me shook! There were some very graphic and violent scenes. Some of the characters were stone cold bad a**'s and others just cringy or psycho but overall very real. I think the author did a fantastic job painting a very realistic picture of how people from around the globe would react to a situation like this. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Highly recommended, this dystopian novel about a biological evolution that allows for a shift in power _should_ have been one I ravenously consumed. As much as the premise and the hype intrigue me, I find no interest or investment in the characters, and so could not maintain interest before my library loan expired.
I don‘t know if it was bc I came w lowered expectations or if I was just in the perfect place to read this, but I am thoroughly impressed w what was done here. It is artful, dark, despairing, believable, & upsetting. Definitely less “Hunger Games” & quite a bit more “Handmaid‘s Tale” in tone & sophistication. Philosophical, sentimental, & heart rending. I was here for this one. 5⭐️.
(Review based on book *&* audiobook at 1.5x speed-also excellent)
As Lord Acton said, “absolute power corrupts absolutely” and this is very much the moral of the story here. Like watching a car crash in slow motion, I couldn‘t put the book down. It wasn‘t an enjoyable read but it was a valuable one. It made me think a lot about gender based power dynamics and also reflect on real attitudes toward women in the wake of the “me too” movement and genuinely how I might feel if those roles were reversed.
Reading 2 girl-focused dystopians side-by-side is weird! One for a mail book group and one for my #RealLifeBookGroup. I‘m further into The Power... but also it‘s the one I think I prefer. So far... 😁
Also! #LMPBC and #cbbc packages sent! @MaleficentBookDragon (to you, Chelle) @TK421 @Bklover @BethM @MommyOfTwo @Mommamanzi (Nicole‘s book to Amy)
A new jumper from the little sister ❤️ and almost 100 pages into The Power and really enjoying it!
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I spent a few days updating my reading journal! Its almost time to start a new one!
📖 But now, its time to start a new book 😍📚
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Trying to stick with this book, but I don't care about any of the characters yet and am on page 77. The premise of the book proves to be highly interesting and the puzzle and reveal of this new biological phenomenon offers suspense.
I didn't love this book the first time I read it. But after a buddy read chat and this reread, I've come to understand it better & I enjoyed it much more.
(The first time around I had skimmed the letters between Neil & Naomi, as I was confused as to if that was part of the story or not. But turns out it is, and it's important for the readers perception. 🤷♀️ )
👏This👏book! Highly recommended! Set in today‘s world when “The Power” awakens in girls and women. What if women suddenly could overpower men? Such an intriguing, interesting read. Writing style has a V.E. Schwabe type of feel.
Much like how watching Black Mirror can be deeply uncomfortable, but smartly so.
I've seen some rave reviews for this book but in an unpopular opinion, I didn't like it. The beginning was interesting, but beyond that it fell flat for me.
The author is female, but it honestly felt, (to me), like what men would do if they were women and given this new power. I'm not implying women lack the capacity for violence or cruelty, simply that the application didn't feel like a natural progression.
What happens when women discover they have physical power over men? I thought this book had a strong premise but weak execution.
Week one of my first ever #bfc is off to a good start:
- 3 hour or more long hikes with Wasabi. Check.
- 6 yoga sessions because wtf is going on with my hip. Check.
- 1.3 books of 3 read.
- Making furniture project is started... Ordered materials , designed some cuts for experimentation.
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With girls & then women developing the ability to shoot electricity out of their fingers, you can‘t help but say #IPredictARiot as the balance shifts & women begin to make a show of force with revolutions & riots across the globe.
This book is incredible. It really got me thinking how a matriarchy may become just as hostile as a patriarchy. Alderman has a wonderful way of turning the way that women are oppressed today and turning it on its head. The most obvious being her descriptions of male fear. That they can't leave their houses or walk alone. That they're at risk of being attacked and raped. It made me think, if we were given the tools, would we abuse them too?
A really interesting novel that explores roles of gender, power dynamics, and relationships between friends, families, and romantically in interested, compelling ways. #bookclubreads
Amongst nature is probably my favourite place to read. It's easy to lose yourself in a new world when you're surrounded by quiet. This tiny little sprout bookmark reminds me of this wherever I am 🌱
Beautiful reading spot today #York
Yes Dieter, mommy wants to binge read Kate Atkinson too, but I took out too many library books again. Please stop judging me. Awww 😻 my baby, just living her best life. I failed hard at the #24in48 but I have finished 3 books since Saturday! Two were from my tbr. Here‘s hoping to a strong finish for the year, I feel reinvigorated (reading wise)💪💪📚📖
Read this when it was first published. Another one of those award winner book that I‘m not a big fan of, I did enjoy the reading experience but ...I found this a little overhyped 🙈
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I really wanted to like this book better than I did. I like what she‘s trying to do, but for me the different story lines and historical documentation aspect didn‘t hang together, and it felt a little forced. I appreciated the social commentary on gender roles and power, though. #LitsyAtoZ
So, I‘ve got a question for you readers. Who/what do you think the voice Eve/Ally and Margo hear is? It seems to have a supernatural element to it but also might be a representation of power infecting the mind. I think it‘s kind of supernatural because the voice mentions that it was around in the dark ages and as soon as Ally stands up to it it appears to Margo. I‘m really curious to hear what others think!
Women finally turn the tables on the patriarchy. Like all great Dystopian novels this book is hard to take at times. I was so very impressed by the Audiobook narrator. A+ must read
Liked but didn‘t love The Power. I thought the premise was interesting - females having physical power over males, which in turn gives them political power over society. I thought the book fell down in its execution. It seemed more like a series of vignettes about the characters than a cohesive plot at times and the archival documents and excerpts from the “Book of Eve” here and there were distracting in the audio version. 3.5⭐️ #2019 ⬇️
One of the most powerful (no pun intended) books I've read in quite some time. It made me sad, angry, happy, heartbroken...
The story of an alternative world where women suddenly have the power, and what happens. To see the violence so often perpetrated against women turned on men kinda crushed me. It made the reality of today's gender politics and our fight for equality even more apparent. It left me feeling so drained that I cried.
Time for a little #nighttimereading (watching The Last Word with Lawrence O‘Donnell, if you‘re curious; and yes I can read while I‘m listening to music, podcasts, watching TV; I have a way of filtering out “distractions” while reading)