The Power

The Power (2016, Viking)

Published Jan. 4, 2016 by Viking.

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4 stars (6 reviews)

reviewed The Power

Jun 10 Public


4 stars

I kept falling asleep constantly/unexpectedly all week because my anxiety finally crashed so it took me a while to get through this one, but it was super entertaining. A little too binary, but an intriguing premise. Ordered with my refresh of the sci-fi collection at work.

Review of 'The Power' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

Really wonderful science fiction about a world slipping into dystopia after women are suddenly in possession of the ability to shoot electricity from their fingertips. The book switches between characters at each chapter break, so we get a variety of perspectives on the situation. It all unfolds about like one might expect. Grim stuff, but an interesting thought experiment. Riveting, too.The weakest part for me was the framing device (set many years later), which I found to be a bit on the nose, especially in comparison to what Atwood was able to do with the historical notes to "The Handmaid's Tale (to which this book is often compared to) or Orwell was able to do with the appendix to 1984.Highly recommended, overall.

Review of 'The Power' on Goodreads

3 stars

When the power to control society changes hands, does the violence and coercion in society change, do the formerly powerless seek revenge and advantage over all else or can we fashion new ways of relating? Reminded me of Parable of the Sower, but with less of a palatable point.