Review| The Power- Naomi Alderman

In The Power the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, 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 changes utterly.

I was skeptical at first. There were a lot of seemingly-unconnected perspectives and by the time it had gotten back around to the first one, I had already forgotten her story. But, stick with it, because as the character’s begin to intertwine and take on a life of their own they become fleshed out and unmistakeable.

The novel takes place over a couple of years and I was impressed with the subtle in which the world and the characters change. Subtlety, however, didn’t sacrifice pace. It was enthralling.

The world was well thought out and expansive. When I say the world, I mean almost all of it. The hypothetical foreign policy decisions all made so much sense.

But what put this book over the edge for me was the frame story. I don’t want to give anything away but it was so meta and I loved it. Seriously, I finished the book over twenty-hours ago and I still have the last lines ringing in my head. It’s so clever.

Hannah Reads (1)

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