As exam season is approaching, I have been listening to more audiobooks as I revise. Recently I listened to the Power by Naomi Alderman and thoroughly enjoyed it.
‘She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She’d put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.’
Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman’s extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed, and we look at the world in an entirely new light.
What if the power to hurt were in women’s hands?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it was both thought provoking and well written. The concept of this books shows how while things would change if there was a major power change in the world, and injustices against women would swiftly come to an end, that is not all that it is needed for the world to become a better place. I liked how this book shows that women are the same and completely different than men.
The truth has always been a more complex commodity than the market can easily package and sell.
I thought the way that the multiple points of view in this story was well thought out as it allows for a more universal coverage of this new world and to show how power affects those that are not only wielding it, but those who find themselves emboldened by those who fight for change.
We’re only pretending everything is normal because we don’t know what else to do.
I found some things in this book quite disturbing, and think that these ideas need to be discussed further by society. What should we do to those that we forget about when we remember that they are there? Where is the line between vengeance and justice? When do we stop? Where do we draw the line?
However complicated you think it is, everything is always more complicated than that.
I think it was interesting how this book is framed. The first and last chapters present this book a historical fiction manuscript written in the future about the time society changed from a patriarchy to a matriarchy. It was quite satisfying to see the dismissal of men’s roles in society in the same way that historical women’s roles are today.
The way we think about our past informs what we think is possible today.
I think that this book is worth reading for all people regardless of weather you agree with the reasons or not, I think that this book will help us with our conversations about the society we want to live in.