You can't handle the power!

Title: The Power

Author: Naomi Alderman

Genre: Dystopian

No. of pages: 288

Rating: 2/5

I am a big believer in equal rights for all. Men, women, children, black, white, straight, homosexual and everyone else in between. Everybody deserves equal rights and opportunities throughout their life. 

Unfortunately that isn't the case for a lot of people.

Discrimination and prejudice exists in our society today with people receiving preferential treatment because of their race,gender or sexuality.

The Power looks at women's rights and how women have always suffered at the hands of a man. The premise of this book is very interesting, women suddenly acquire a power that makes them stronger and more formidable. There is a sudden role reversal in the book where women are in charge and men become their subservient partners.

This book had so much promise. I had such high hopes going into the book since it had such a unique premise, but I was severely disappointed. It started off well, but as the story developed the writing grew sloppy, the characters became boring and things started to make no sense.

I understand the idea that power can get to your head. People change when they acquire power and they are not as nice as they used to be. But the women in this book are barbaric. The crimes they are committing are horrifying. Its just not believable. In fact I was really offended because the way the women in the book were being portrayed as if they could not handle the power. It was as if the author was saying 'this is what happens when you put women in power, unorganised society and barbaric war crimes'. Maybe it wasn't the intention of the author, but the way it came across was that women cannot handle power and it's best to leave men in charge.

Frankly it was very patronising. 

Men are glorified throughout the book. Suddenly the become nurturing when on the other hand women become petty, cruel and vindictive. They use their powers for evil and are not as 'responsible' as the men.


Overall I was offended and frustrated when I read this book. The story was overblown and I genuinely feel like I have wasted time reading it. I have been reading this book for three weeks, the story drags and honestly I used to hate having to read it. I guess if I look from the author's point of view maybe the message she is trying to get across is that power is inherently evil and it can turn the nicest of people.

Now I am big advocate for women's right so that's why this book just didn't sit right for me. If there is one book you should avoid, let it be this one. All I have to say is:


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