Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hours and 5 minutes
First Published: 2016
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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.
Quotes from The Power
It doesn’t matter that she shouldn’t, that she never would. What matters is that she could, if she wanted. The power to hurt is a kind of wealth.
This is the trouble with history. You can’t see what’s not there. You can look at an empty space and see that something’s missing, but there’s no way to know what it was.
However complicated you think it is, everything is always more complicated than that.
The way we think about our past informs what we think is possible today.
About Naomi Alderman
Naomi Alderman is the author of The Power, The Liars’ Gospel, and Disobedience. She is the co-creator of the smartphone app Zombies, Run! and a contributor to The Guardian and BBC Radio 4. She currently lives in London. Visit the author’s website →