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Power
Power | Naomi Alderman
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power? In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.
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Lcsmcat
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Eggs Excellent choice👏🏻👏🏻 3d
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Pedrocamacho
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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.

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Arvena
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Bailedbailed

Disturbing and bizarre...

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Tineke
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Bookmail! Anyone read this book? I'm quite looking forward to this one. I find that the older I get, the more I'm aware of the inequality between men and women.
#bookcrossing #bookring #feminism

BarbaraBB I did and had high expectations but ended up being disappointed unfortunately. 4w
Bklover I enjoyed this one! 4w
Rissreads I loved this book! ❤ 2w
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cariashley
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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⚡️

Librariana Agreed, agreed! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👍🏼 I was one of two people in my book club who really enjoyed it. It definitely would've been a powerful one to read in college. I'm sure it would've made quite an impression. 1mo
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cariashley
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I‘m only 75 pages in, but this book is exhilarating so far. 🙌

Julsmarshall I loved it! 1mo
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

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.

8little_paws I'm reading this next week for my book group! 2mo
LibraryCin @8little_paws it was a book club read for me, too! 1mo
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Lexicon1982
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“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!

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DuckOfDoom
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Incredible! Don't have more words currently

Riveted_Reader_Melissa So good, I agree! 2mo
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DuckOfDoom
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I am finally getting into this!!

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Mynameisacolour
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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. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
#BBRC #recommendedbyalitin

Mynameisacolour Thank you @jenniferw88 for the recommendation! 3mo
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Mynameisacolour
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This is how I'm spending Saturday night!
Using this for #BBRC recommended by a Litten ( @jenniferw88 )
@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 3mo
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BookishBecky
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London_St_J
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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.

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Avanders
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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)

cobwebmoth I really liked this one. 3mo
Zoes_Human This one‘s a favorite of mine, and I came to it with high expectations because of Margaret Atwood‘s praise of it. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I liked this one too! 3mo
CarolynM I liked it a lot too. Lots to think about. 3mo
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Chancecall
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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.

Chancecall Thing that bothered me though was how quickly (10 years into the course of events) women in the book went from gaining the power to seemingly losing their humanity and ability to empathise, becoming largely immoral and ultimately being responsible for the cataclysm and the end of the world. It felt way too forced and massively unlikely as a point, that women as a sex are at all, more capable of greater inequality than men. 3mo
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Avanders
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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)

CarolynM I liked The Power a lot. 3mo
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BookishBecky
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A new jumper from the little sister ❤️ and almost 100 pages into The Power and really enjoying it!
📖📖
#whatiread #agirlwhoreads #booksoflitsy #mybooks #books #readingisfreedom #readabook #booklover #bibliophile #wordnerd #fullshelves #reader #reading #instafollow #followme #library

That-Bookish-Hiker Cute sweater!! 3mo
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BookishBecky
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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 😍📚

#bookblog #readingjournal #whatiread #agirlwhoreads #booksoflitsy #booksareforever #mybooks #books #readingisfreedom #readabook #booklover #bibliophile #wordnerd #fullshelves #reader #reading #follow #followme #library

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Aswenson
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Mehso-so

Wow. I mean, holy crap. This was so bizarre and such a strange and frightening dystopia that at times I was really turned off by it. Those letters at the end kinda made it for me though.

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WriterReaderTrainer
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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.

SimplyShelia I finished it but imho it got worse as I went along, not better. I did not enjoy it. I don't get the hype for this one at all. I recently reviewed it if you think reading that would help your decision. 4mo
KimM I really liked it but I have a rule: read to your age in pages and if you don‘t want to continue, don‘t. Too many books to read that might speak to you. Life is too short to read books you don‘t like. 4mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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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. 🤷‍♀️ )

Ruthiella I love how conversation about a book can make a reader appreciate it more!😀 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Ruthiella Yes! I definitely had preconceived notions going into it the first time. But a good chat & a reread helped me for sure. 😊 4mo
CarolynM There are a lot of challenging ideas in this book. It's one that needs to be thought about. 4mo
RaimeyGallant I was a little iffy on the story until I read those letters. 4mo
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👏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.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled We‘re reading this for book club this month! I really liked it. 4mo
Reagan I really liked this book, super uncomfortable at times though. It was unexpected. 4mo
Bookartbookmarks @Reagan-reads oh yeah! I wasn‘t sure if it up to all the hype. 4mo
Bookartbookmarks @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled it‘s quite unique! I‘d love to read it for a bookclub. I‘m sure the conversation would be so interesting. 4mo
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llawela
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Much like how watching Black Mirror can be deeply uncomfortable, but smartly so.

collegecatlady I‘m currently reading the tagged book and it makes me feel the same way. I‘m so angry reading it but it makes me want to take action. 4mo
llawela @collegecatlady yeh, every time I "WTF'd", I remembered that this is happening to women right now. 4mo
collegecatlady Yes, definitely. I loved The Power and I highly recommend Vox as well. I‘m nearly done with it and it is spectacular. I‘m not sure why it has such mixed reviews. 4mo
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SimplyShelia
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Trigger warnings:
Violence
Rape

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.

shawnmooney Co-signing this. The overrated book of the 21st-century. :-) I bailed halfway through. 4mo
Reggie I did give it a pick but I totally agree. If you handed me this book with no author‘s name, I would have thought a man wrote it. 4mo
SimplyShelia @shawnmooney Yes! Thank you :) 4mo
SimplyShelia @Reggie I'm so glad it wasn't just me! 4mo
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JenniferP
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Mehso-so

What happens when women discover they have physical power over men? I thought this book had a strong premise but weak execution.

BarbaraBB I felt the same about this one. Good to see you here again! 4mo
JenniferP Yep, trying again! I think it‘s my third attempt to get involved here - we‘ll see! 4mo
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llawela
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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.

#bfcr3 #bookdragons @Hestapleton

Hufflepuffle What a great start! Well done you! 🌼 4mo
LauraJ Bravo 👏🏼 4mo
Hestapleton Woohooo!!!! 4mo
IndoorDame Yay! 🙌 4mo
mhillis Great picture! 4mo
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DebinHawaii
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#AyUpAugust
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.

squirrelbrain Enjoyed this one - and love your pic! ❤️👍😁 4mo
KarenUK Perfect 👌💕 4mo
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Nature-and-Books
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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?

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘m about 1/3 of the way into this and love it so far 4mo
Nature-and-Books @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled it's absolutely amazing isn't it. It really got me thinking but at the same time I was able to enjoy the plot unfold. Brilliant book! 4mo
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EmmaMae
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A really interesting novel that explores roles of gender, power dynamics, and relationships between friends, families, and romantically in interested, compelling ways. #bookclubreads

LeeRHarry Going to my bookclub tonight to discuss this one 😊 on the whole I found it interesting but oh so depressing! 😩 (edited) 4mo
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Aswenson
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So many good titles in this $5/title Audible sale! My local library doesn‘t have a great selection in audio... so until they up theirs game I keep my eye on these deals!

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Nature-and-Books
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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 🌱

Caroline2 Cuteeeee! 😍 4mo
Nature-and-Books @Caroline2 isn't it!! It was £4.99 for 3 from Waterstones 😍 or they're on Amazon too I think!! 4mo
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Nature-and-Books
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Beautiful reading spot today #York

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 4mo
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marie_reads_books
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Fascinating story and idea, wish it was better written.

rretzler I agree. I enjoyed the premise, but it definitely fell down in the execution. It didn‘t really read like a cohesive book to me. 5mo
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Reagan
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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)💪💪📚📖

Megabooks I enjoyed The Power. Hopefully you‘ll like it too! 5mo
Andrew65 3 books since Saturday is one great failure. 👏👏👏 5mo
theredshoes DARLING cat! 4mo
Reagan @Megabooks I did! What an interesting take on dystopian fiction. I really enjoyed it. @Andrew65 haha, yes, it‘s kind of a no lose situation. @theredshoes thank you! I love my black cats! 4mo
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BooknerdsLife
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#Red #ColorMePretty
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 🙈
#UnpopularOpinion #booknerd #bookaward #Bibliophile #AussieReader #ReadersLife

LapReader The Lessons by her was fantastic. 5mo
Amiable I agree —I rated it a “so-so” because I was a bit disappointed after the hype. 5mo
BooknerdsLife @LapReader Awww I will put that on my TBR 🙌🏼Thank you! 💖🤗 5mo
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BooknerdsLife @Amiable Awww so relieved to know I‘m not the only one! 😅 Same! After all the hypes around the book, I was underwhelmed 5mo
Amiable @BooknerdsLife I think if I had gone into it blind without having heard anything about it, I might have liked it more. My expectations were just too high, I believe. 5mo
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sarahbarnes
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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

Cathythoughts I‘m not drawn to this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Suet624 I felt the exact same way. 5mo
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ButtBarn
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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!

rretzler At first, I thought Allie was schizophrenic - that the voice had developed to help her deal with the trauma of her younger life. Until Margot heard the voice. Granted Margot had some trauma too, but nothing like Allie. But possibly it was enough in Margot‘s life to cause a mental break for her as well? Seems a little too coincidental, but that seems a better answer to me given the overall message of the book than the supernatural. 5mo
rretzler Great discussion question, BTW! 5mo
ButtBarn @rretzler that‘s a great point! I thought the same thing at first too. 5mo
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BookishJess
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I started this book yesterday and I‘m already about halfway through it! Been a longggg time since I‘ve been this drawn into a story this quickly.

SamAnne It‘s been on my TBR list for awhile! 5mo
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ajyoungquist
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Bailedbailed

I tried so hard to like this (I mean I could have tried harder) but it just didn‘t hook me. I thought the concept was super unique and I can‘t wait to see the movie.

Hestapleton I didn‘t know they were making a movie! 6mo
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ButtBarn
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On to the next one! I‘ll reach my reading goal in no time!

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Joanne Regina
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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

ButtBarn The voice for Mother Eve is 10/10 but I found it funny that all of the Russian women had the same voice. The narrator was really good though. 5mo
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melissajayne
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I liked the book but didn‘t exactly love it. While the premise was interesting, I thought that it could have had a more cohesive story than it did. 3.75 ⭐️#bookstagram #litsyatz2019 #litsyatoz #letterp #p

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rretzler
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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 ⬇️

rretzler ⬆️ To quote Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Mycroft and Bandit relaxing while I knit and listen. #catsoflitsy (edited) 6mo
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Red.Reads
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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.

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melissajayne
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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)

Caroline2 I really enjoyed this book 👍🏻 6mo
melissajayne @Caroline2 The little that I have read of it, I can see myself enjoying this one, even though I‘m not a big fan of dystopian books. 6mo
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veronicaeye
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The way the power emerges is fantastic & wil make you laugh.