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The Power - Naomi Alderman

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Published: 10th October 2017
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One of the New York Times's Ten Best Books of 2017A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of 2017An NPR Best Book of 2017One of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of 2017A Bustle Best Book of 2017A Paste Magazine Best Novel of 2017A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

One of President Obama's favorite reads of 2017
"The Power is our era's The Handmaid's Tale." --Ron Charles, Washington Post
"Novels based on premises like the one at the core of The Power can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly -- her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly." --Michael Schaub, NPR
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

An Amazon Best Book of 2017

**WINNER OF THE 2017 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.

"A searing critique of how power is used in a world in which a long-oppressed class can suddenly fight back."--Renay Williams, Barnes & Noble Blog "Alderman brings an original approach to her storytelling that will jolt readers like a bolt from the blue."--BookPage "Alderman's tilted dystopia is a smartly layered place of slippery slopes and moral ambiguities, a fitting folktale for strange times."--Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly Fierce and unsettling...Through immersive prose and a riveting plot, Alderman explores how power corrupts everyone: those who gain it, and those resisting its loss."--Radhika Jones, New York Times Book Review "I was riveted by every page. Alderman's prose is immersive and, well, electric, and I felt a closed circuit humming between the book and me as I read."--Amal El-Mohtar, New York Times Book Review "For diversion (also important in these times), I highly recommend two writers of speculative fiction, Charlie Jane Anders and Naomi Alderman."--Ayelet Waldman, "By the Book" column, New York Times Book Review "Richly imagined, ambitious, and propulsively written."--Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic "The Power doesn't necessarily hold the answers to what organizing principle we should rally around instead...It does audaciously depict, however, the most extreme results of a movement that seeks rather than interrogates power: That if feminism has become a means for domination, it has lost its way."--Bridget Read, Vogue "Sometimes lightning does strike the same place twice. Sometimes it strikes a whole bunch of times. In Orange Award winner Naomi Alderman's chilling The Power, women across the globe discover a sudden ability to harness their aggression by inflicting electric shocks through their fingertips. Fans of speculative fiction (see also: Margaret Atwood and Ben Marcus) about empowered youth will be struck by Alderman's speedy and thorough inhabitation of a world just different enough from ours to jolt the imagination. Mothers, lock up your boys."--Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair "Narratively complex, philosophically searching, and gorgeously rendered."--Lisa Shea, Elle "This is a thriller that terrifies and leaves behind a lingering tingle that's part discomfort and part exhilaration. Easy to read, hard to put down, difficult to forget."--Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing "Novels based on premises like the one at the core of The Power can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly -- her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly."--Michael Schaub, NPR "Alderman has written our era's Handmaid's Tale, and, like Margaret Atwood's classic, The Power is one of those essential feminist works that terrifies and illuminates, enrages and encourages....This book sparks with such electric satire that you should read it wearing insulated gloves."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post "The Power is at once as streamlined as a 90-minute action film and as weirdly resonate as one of Atwood's own early fictions... Alderman has conducted a brilliant thought experiment in the nature of power itself...Turning the world inside out, she reveals how one of the greatest hallmarks of power is the chance to create a mythology around how that power was used. In that sense, The Power is a testament to its own force - it begins and ends in the voice of the author herself - as if to say, lightning would be nice, but for now - and here - there's the pen. It can do a lot."--John Freeman, Boston Globe "Alderman has built a suspenseful thrill ride filled with deep, contrasting female leads on a scaffolding of philosophical questions about how different men and women are at heart....Reminiscent of the work of Alderman's mentor Margaret Atwood, The Power is perfect for book clubs, where readers will undoubtedly debate the finer points of nature versus nurture."--Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness Pro After making waves in the U.K., this outstanding book is finally coming stateside. Alderman imagines a world much like ours, with one difference: teenage girls suddenly have the ability to electrocute people. This is the perfect read if you've been itching for something to get you through to season two of The Handmaid's Tale.--Melissa Ragsdale, Bustle "Alderman has the daring and good sense to eschew go-girl uplift in favor of terrifying and complex dystopia."--Boris Kachka, Vulture "Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything."--Margaret Atwood Praise for THE POWER: "Magnificent. I'm agog. Really, I'm several gogs. So smart and scary and sad but true. I can't say enough. It's a classic, in the way that it's hard to imagine it ever wasn't there." --Joss Whedon "Alderman's storytelling is visceral and brave; you'll stay up all night reading after a thousand deals with the clock that you'll put it down after just a few more pages. Gleeful, intelligent, clever, and unflinching, The Power is the kind of book to keep a person going."--Fiona Zublin, Ozy "A page-turning thriller and timely exploration of gender roles, censorship and repressive political regimes, The Power is a must-read for today's times."--Lauren Bufferd, BookPage "Magnificent. I'm agog. Really, I'm several gogs. So smart and scary and sad but true. I can't say enough. It's a classic, in the way that it's hard to imagine it ever wasn't there."--Joss Whedon "A thriller that terrifies and leaves behind a lingering tingle that's part discomfort and part exhilaration. Easy to read, hard to put down, difficult to forget."--Cory Doctorow, author of Walkaway "By gleefully replacing the protocols of one gender with another, Alderman has created a thrilling narrative stuffed with provocative scenarios and thought experiments. The Power is a blast." --Suzi Feay, Financial Times UK Praise for THE POWER: "Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything."--Margaret Atwood -The Power is a subtly funny, lyrical and utterly subversive vision of an impossible future. As all the best visionaries do, Alderman shines a penetrating and yet merciful light on to our present and the so many cruelties in which we may be complicit.---A.L. Kennedy Praise for THE POWER: -Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything.---Margaret Atwood "Please, please, PLEASE read Naomi Alderman's The Power. It'll crack your brain open in all the right ways. Such an important, timely book."--Literary Death Match "As awesome as it is compulsive."--Heat UK "Thought-provoking."--Glamour UK "A feminist science-fiction story that's about to make waves."--Red UK "The Power is the stuff of superhero fiction....What starts out as a fantasy of female empowerment deepens and darkens into an interrogation of power itself, its uses and abuses and what it does to the people who have it....her breakout work." --Claire Armitstead, The Guardian "The Handmaid's Tale for the Gone Girl generation." --Grazia UK "A brash sci-fi fantasy, clever and coarse, calculated and hectic."--Observer UK "An instant classic of speculative fiction....Smart, readable and joyously achieved."--Justine Jordan, Guardian UK "Gripping and disturbing, it pushes the reader -- even the confidently feminist reader -- to question the assumptions underlying many of the mechanisms that drive relationships between women and men."--Harper's Bazaar UK "Like the best science fiction, this dystopian feminist fantasy holds up a mirror to the here and now."--Mail on Sunday UK "A raw, gutsy slice of speculative dystopia."--Metro "What starts out as a fantasy of female empowerment deepens and darkens into an interrogation of power itself, its uses and abuses and what it does to the people who have it."--Guardian UK "When we say that The Power is profoundly disturbing and you may well want to argue with it as you read, we mean that in a good way."--SFX, Five Stars "Alderman is a fluent and powerful writer."--Sunday Times UK "Fascinating....as a whole the narrative feels ingenious....deserves to be read by every woman (and, for that matter, every man)."--The Times UK "The Power is a subtly funny, lyrical and utterly subversive vision of an impossible future. As all the best visionaries do, Alderman shines a penetrating and yet merciful light on to our present and the so many cruelties in which we may be complicit."--A.L. Kennedy "The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale."--Cosmopolitan Praise for THE POWER: "Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything."--Margaret Atwood "A raw, gutsy slice of speculative dystopia." Metro" "Alderman is a fluent and powerful writer." Sunday Times UK" Praise for The Power: "Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything." Margaret Atwood"

Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman grew up in London and attended Oxford University and UEA. In 2006 she won the Orange Award for New Writers. In 2007, she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future.

Her first novel, Disobedience, was published in ten languages. Penguin published her second novel, The Lessons, in 2010 and her third novel, The Liars' Gospel, in August 2012. The Power, was published at the end of October 2016. All of her novels have been chosen for BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime slot.

Her prize-winning short fiction has appeared in Prospect, on BBC Radio 4 and in a number of anthologies. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award.

From 2004 to 2007 Naomi was lead writer on the alternate reality game Perplex City. She's written online games for Penguin, the BBC, and other clients. In 2011 she wrote the Doctor Who tie-in novel Borrowed Time. In 2012, she co-created the top-selling smartphone fitness game and audio adventure Zombies, Run!, which is a market leader and has been downloaded millions of times.

Naomi broadcasts regularly, has guest-presented Front Row on BBC Radio 4 and writes frequently for the Guardian. She is one of the presenters of Science Stories, a programme about the history of science on BBC Radio 4, as well as presenting many one-off documentaries.

Naomi is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, has been mentored by Margaret Atwood as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and in April 2013 she was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in their once-a-decade list.

Visit Naomi Alderman's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9780316547611
ISBN-10: 0316547611
Audience: General
For Grades: 5 - 14
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 10th October 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1