A novel by Naomi Alderman
I received this title from an announcement email. The Power, by Naomi Alderman is the telling of the future, but shared with the past. It's the story of an awakening that brings revolution, Women's Lib and so much more. But is The Power powerful enough to make for an excellent and original read?
When I purchased this audiobook, I'd hoped to be drawn in hook, line and sinker. What I ended up with was a disappointment. I'm not bad-mouthing the book, because it's written well. It's unique in what's happening and how, but I just found myself lost more so in the narrator's voice than what she was actually saying.
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh (She's a mum on Doctor Who), The Power is about a message of what someone's seen in the distant future, but shared with someone in our present time. Something has happened to the females of the world. Something has awakened. It is sweet as honey, but powerful as an electrical storm. It is within each and every woman, young and old, but must be awakened if it doesn't do it all on its own. That's what frightens the world the most. But why has this happened? Who did it and what is it for?
The book shares political ideas and views on how men are supposedly superior to women in every way, through news reports and experiences. But what if woman suddenly gained an advantage? Would the world truly become a better place, or would they, like most powerful men, exploit their gifts? There are cults created, riots break out, everyone's trying to find their place in the world when this "Even" strikes up. Through the lives of three particular women and one man, the story shows how chaotic things can be should a major shift affect the social dynamic.
Though it was interesting, it just was not what I'd expected. I desired so much more. I can honestly say, it's not a bad book- just not for me. Fair enough? I'll leave it at that and say if you like The Handmaid's Tale, you may like this- but it's not the same in the least.
I'm off to the next read. Cheers!
Little, Brown and Company, October 2017
416 pages/12 Hr 5 min audiobook
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