The Power

by Naomi Alderman

Quick take

I felt the electricity running through my arms, I imagined how I could harness it'¦

Why I love it

The Power has a simple premise: young girls around the world suddenly realize that they have the ability to send electric currents through their fingers, jolts that can injure or even kill others. Soon it is revealed that all women have this power'”they just have to harness it. As power literally shifts from the hands of men to the hands of women, power structures around the world are threatened a...


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 physic...

Member thoughts

48% Love
35% Like
14% Dislike
  • Megan E.

    Horace, ND

    "This books is everything! A new favorite. There are so many thoughts and ideas and nuances I almost want to read it again immediately."

  • Allyson F.

    Kelseyville, CA

    "Such an interesting scenario"

  • Lauren C.

    Jericho, VT

    "Couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns. Lots of food for thought. "

  • Michelle D.

    Baltimore, MD

    "Great book! Really opens your eyes to a different world. "

  • kelsey t.

    Addison, TX

    "Very interesting. Loved the strong female characters!"

  • Laura O.

    Washburn , WI

    "This is a great feminist read. I was excited for the first half to see women in power. The second half had me questioning my reaction to the first half. Great read."

  • Hannah F.

    Virginia Beach, VA

    "The perfect book for these times. Thought provoking and fast paced. Excellent."

  • Sachi A.

    Wadsworth, OH

    "This book has similar themes to Red Clocks, but I liked this book more. Loved the exploration of what would happen in the power scale tipped the other way."

  • Krystal F.

    Garrison, NY

    "Love it. Flip the power dynamic and see what happens. Ultimate power always corrupts. I can't say I wasn't rooting for a little revenge...very though provoking."

  • Bridgett B.

    Lolo, MT

    "An amazing look into the impact of power on those who wield it. Great writing, great plot, highly recommended."

  • Aubrey M.

    Washington, DC

    "This is one of the smartest books I have ever read. It will be a classic in the order of The Handmaid's Tale. I can't shut up about this book and recommend it right and left. Paced like a thriller."