The Power by Naomi Alderman


Originally published in: 2016 (North American edition 2017)

What’s it about: This reads like a thought experiment gone very, very right.What would happen in a world where women developed a physical power that men couldn’t match?

What made me pick it up: I think I put this on hold because there was a blurb from Margaret Atwood on the cover. But I’m also just a sucker for speculative work that is (post)apocalyptic and/or dystopian.

My favorite things: Somehow this book is both a very heavy-handed critique of global patriarchy and an electrifying story. The novel is bookended by letters between two writers, Naomi and Neil, whose gendered interactions flip the script in a way that will entertain anyone tired of mansplaining.

Who it’s great for:  Fan’s of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Readers looking for unapologetically feminist read that doesn’t sacrifice story for politics.

Abby’s rating: four-and-a-half-shells

Find this in your local library or on Amazon (affiliate link).


3 thoughts on “The Power by Naomi Alderman

  1. Your review is spot on. I didn’t like it as much as you did but for reasons you really clearly outlined: it’s more of a thought experiment than anything else (although lots of dystopian novels are) and it’s very very heavy handed. For all the hype I was expecting something a bit more nuanced. Although it is very readable so perhaps I’m being too critical!

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    1. I don’t think you’re being too critical, and I definitely agree that it is heavy handed. I try to put aside my expectations for any kind of subtlety when I read dystopian fiction these days and it definitely helps me to enjoy some of books more 😊


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