2017/07/26

BOOK REVIEW:
THE POWER BY NAOMI ALDERMAN

Title: The Power
Author: Naomi Alderman
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 340
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
Following a group of characters from different walks of life, this tells the story of what happens to the world when women realise they have an electrical power in their bodies - a power that makes them stronger than men.


Review:
I had pretty high expectations for this book after it won the Baylies Women's Prize for Fiction this year, and I'm sad to say I'm slightly disappointed. I think it's a good and solid book, but my expectations were too high.

The world that is created in this book is fascinating and realistic, probably because it's so very close to our own current world. The discussions on gender are very interesting, as well as some of the prominent powers in our society; money, politics and religion. I found the religious aspects particularly interesting.

I've read some reviews that say they felt there were too many characters in this book, but I'm at the opposite end of that; I wish there were more. When a book is taking on the entire world and its structure, I feel there should be more voices in it. I do think the characters in here are great though, but I feel like they're not giving us the full picture.

There's just a little bit something missing from this. Maybe it's the writing style, maybe it's the characters, I can't quite put my finger on it. It is worth the read if you like dystopian novels though, and it's an interesting look at gender, power and the world in general.
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