The Power by Naomi Alderman


Content Warning: Spoilers

This book was absolutely one of the most thought provoking, heartrending, and just plain empowering books that I've read in a while. Women develop the power of electricity, much like electric eels, and the whole world changes. Power dynamics shift. Men begin to be seen as the weaker sex; women begin to take what they want because they can. Women that have been oppressed for generations rise up, and war breaks out between the genders. And in the end, the whole world falls apart because there's too much violence in it, too much focus on power instead of peace.

Just, god, can you read that without getting the chills? I can't. I couldn't read this book without getting the chills. While some who aren't used to reading sci-fi or fantasy may dismiss the premise, Naomi Alderman is working at the core of what science fiction is supposed to do; she is taking this story and using it as a mirror, showing us something in ourselves that we can't see in the normal sort of mirror, showing us something in the world that we're too accustomed to the normal world to see.

If you can't tell, I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this book.

5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.